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Shared storage recommendation for small 2 host VMware environment?

We are currently running two ESX 3.0 hosts using local storage, an Openfiler NAS (NFS) and a Western Digital NAS (NFS).

I would like to upgrade to a single shared storage device that would use either NFS or iSCSI. I would like an enterprise level device (not like what we have) but that is cost effective. In the past I have worked with Dell PowerVault MD SANs but these are out of budget I think and also overkill for our environment I think.

Storage always seems to be the most difficult part to pick for a VMware environment. I would like to get away with SATA for money reasons but also don't want a bottleneck. We are currently running 12 VMs ranging in utilization and access. We have say 30 employees internally.

I am considering an Iomega StorCenter ix12-300r 4TB which I have used before and was nice. but something even cheaper would be nice.

http://go.iomega.com/en-us/products/network-storage-rack/ix12-300r/ix12-300r/?partner=4760#overviewItem_tab
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stand corrected this model is the new uprated model with four NICs, not one.
I was thinking of the ix4-200r.

If you want to try something, some of our clients are using (wait for it), because they are after a budget storage solution for ESX.

MSA 1000/1500cs with MSA20 or MSA30s, connected to a Server with FC HBAs, and then installaing Openfiler on this server to create a NFS solution, which gives a very stable shared storage platform.

We've got these in production in our offices for VDI. But I know some of our customers are not too happy with this arrangement, but some have used this solution to take advantage of their existing stotage investiment in MSA30s and MSA20s.
Although you have requested about Storage recommendations, I would like to add that upgrading your ESX / ESXi hosts to vSphere should optimize them for storage requirements since VMware has brought in several new features pertaining to Storage optimization in vSphere.
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I am going to go with local storage with only 1 host but thank you for the recommendations.