Solved

Entry Level SAN

Posted on 2011-02-21
9
1,081 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I need help with some SAN storage advice.

I work for a small (20 user) software firm that needs some vm's.  We are unable to afford SAN's systems from the big vendors (10k+) so we are looking at some smaller devices.  I am concentrating on two,

http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=688
http://www.amazon.com/Synology-RackStation-Rackmount-Redundant-RS810RP/dp/B003TWOKKW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1298316003&sr=1-1

My goal is to create iscsi for backup purposes, and to provide logical disk space for my vm's.  Again, this is not for a large company.

Any advice as to which one is better?  Is it possible to perform database applications using this as a iscsi target with reasonable speed?  I don't need overkill, but I don't want it slow either.  Would Exchange, SQL and Pervasive be reasonable for 20 users using either of these devices?

Any advice is appreciated.

0
Comment
Question by:jonyelton
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • +2
9 Comments
 
LVL 20

Expert Comment

by:woolnoir
ID: 34945928
Have you considered a DROBO - http://www.drobo.com/products/index.php very reliable for VM use specifically the higher end ones. In addition they have excellent community support and are used a lot in the tech industry - specifically in the small/medium business space.
0
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:Toxacon
ID: 34945989
The Synology device is a rackmount so you may need a rack for it unless you have a suitable shelf for it. From that point of view, I'd select D-link for small company backups and test VMs. However, if you'll be using it for production, just make sure it is redundant. The D-link has only one PSU while Synology device has redundant power supply.

If you want better disk perfomance along with redundancy, the device should support RAID 0+1 (RAID10). RAID10 requires four disks minimum. Again, if you use it for production, a hotspare disk would be good to have, so RAID10+spare requires minimum on five disk bays, which Synology can't offer.

Also consider building a separate iSCSI network.



0
 
LVL 6

Author Comment

by:jonyelton
ID: 34946015
Yes, I looked at it, been including support, drobo is at least $4500 vs $1500 and $1700.  If there are any users out there that have experience from both products that can specifically recommend that the addtional cost is worth it?
0
PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

 
LVL 20

Assisted Solution

by:woolnoir
woolnoir earned 125 total points
ID: 34946035
I'd recommend DROBO based purely on their support which i have found to be nothing short of amazing. It also has advantages such as BeyondRaid http://www.drobo.com/products/drobosanbusiness.php?ID=Technology which builds upon and expands raids inherent limitations.
0
 
LVL 8

Accepted Solution

by:
Toxacon earned 125 total points
ID: 34946177
You could also take a look at QNAP devices:

http://www.qnap.com/pro_detail_hardware.asp?p_id=111

The device above is around $2000.
0
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:OriNetworks
ID: 34948659
I am also looking at SAN alternatives. In my initial research I was looking for $10K-15K solutions from HP but now this DROBO looks interesting. My only concern is no support for traditional RAID. I'm not sure how I feel about a proprietay raid system that I don't understand.
0
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:gmbaxter
ID: 34956283
That qnap device looks quite good - is it hardware raid based though?

The only advice I can offer is stay away from Thecus! terrible build quality.
0
 
LVL 6

Author Comment

by:jonyelton
ID: 34970159
Thanks guys.  I have decided to go with the d-link.  The goal here was very low-end, and I think that will work for our needs.  I researched DROBO, and that does seem like a very good product, but it's the difference between 2k and 4k after hard drives.
0
 
LVL 20

Expert Comment

by:woolnoir
ID: 34970170
Fair enough - glad i could provide something to think about anyway :)
0

Featured Post

Gigs: Get Your Project Delivered by an Expert

Select from freelancers specializing in everything from database administration to programming, who have proven themselves as experts in their field. Hire the best, collaborate easily, pay securely and get projects done right.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Radius Debug Error 16 89
SBS2008 c:\ drive toosmall 64 81
Question regarding IBM SAN Storage 4 35
Live Storage Vmotion VMs with shared VMDK 10 56
More or less everybody in the IT market understands the basics of Networking, however when we start talking about Storage Networks, things get a bit dizzier, and this is where I would like to help.
This article aims to explain the working of CircularLogArchiver. This tool was designed to solve the buildup of log file in cases where systems do not support circular logging or where circular logging is not enabled
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Featu…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…

776 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question