The money's about the same....that makes it harder.
I'm looking to deploy our first SAN. Simplicity and features naturally draw me to Dell's EqualLogic, and specifically to a PS6000X with SAS drives. However, not wanting to buy the first one I fancy, I shopped around a bit and I have a juicy little quote for an HP LeftHand AX696A, which actually has a bit more raw capacity than the PS.
What I'm trying to build is a basic three-node VMware cluster, running maybe a dozen and a half VM's. A pretty easy workload, really, and we have about 2TB of data now so either of these gives me plenty of capacity to grow into. In the near future, we want to also set up a two- or three-node ESX4 cluster at a remote site, using SAN replication to keep everything up-to-date. We may or may not use VMware's SRM, since we really don't have all that complex of an environment.
I'm probably 70% sold on the PS due to the simplicity and completeness of the thing, along with its very linear scaling and all that jazz...but am I missing out on something brilliant with the LeftHand stuff? Who out there has real-world experience with these products and can make some recommendations either way?