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We are evaluating a NetApp storage appliance; particularly the FAS2040. We've come to a cross road in our decision to go with SAS or SATA drives. We're running a medium sized business SQL, Exchange, and general file services. Is the speed of a SAS drive worth the additional expense or should I save my money for other areas and just stick with SATA disks?

Any thoughts about deduplication of data on our production SAN through NetApp?

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paulsolov- Our intent is to run SQL and Exchange in the VM.

After reading these comments I believe we may separate our file shares (approx 500 GB) on SAS drives and leave the VM files on SAS.

Should I also consider putting our MDFs/LDFs and Exchange data stores outside the VMDK (direclty on a SAS share)?

My intent for using FC is requirements placed for Cisco Call Manager virtualization. Apparently Cisco currently requires FC SANs and when we get ready to migrate our VoIP network I don't want to have to reengineer our SAN...
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We've been doing a lot of NFS as well but long term plans are to go with iSCSI