SAN Server : HP MSA2012i
Posted on 2009-12-29
I'm interested in buying my first SAN (iSCSI) for use with VMware vSphere. My company is small so cost is very important...Through various inquiries, it seems that the HP MSA2012i Server is a recommended choice.
Can anyone give me more details on the server:
1) does it come with it's on SAN software or do I need to install one, ie. OpenFiler
2) I need an explanation on single controller versus dual controller.
3) I'm virtualizing Exchange and SQL primarly for clustering/redundancy, will regular SATA drives suffice or will SAS drives provide better performance given the price difference.
4) any other tips/guides and what to shop for will be greatly appreciated.