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Hello,

Can anyone recommend a starter SAN that is under 5K? I'm looking at the new Drobo business devices that support iSCSi. Also, I've read some posts where people have bought a server, loaded it with disks and then used iSCSi SAN emulation software like Starwind, which I'm familiar with.

I would like to hear some real world examples that might fit my scenario. I want to use a SAN versus a NAS as I want to use iSCSi technology.

Thanks.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1600 total points
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Don't get put off by NAS, NFS can work very well if configured correctly.

iSCSI can work very badly if configured incorrectly.

You may want to look at the HP MSA2324i.

otherwise software solutions:-

You require shared storage for HA, vMotion and DRS.

You could look at consider these free options to create a Virtual SAN on your network.

1. Openfiler (iSCSI or NFS) - http://www.openfiler.com/

2. FreeNAS  (iSCSI or NFS) - http://freenas.org/downloads

3. iSCSI Cake http://www.starwindsoftware.com/

4. StarWind iSCSI Tagert - http://www.starwindsoftware.com/

5. StorMagic - http://www.stormagic.com/SvSAN.php
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I would prefer the dedicated access and block level solution of a SAN.
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You may want to look at the HP MSA2324i.
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I looked at it. Could you explain if it equals the performance of a SAN? I'm not familiar with MSA technology.
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The MSA is a Modular Smart Array, part of the Small and Medium size Business IP SANs.

As the ability to use Single and Dual controllers, multi-path for resilienced, or you can purchase with a single and upgrade later.

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF04a/12169-304616-241493-241493-241493.html
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Depending on how cheap you can go with DROBO. They do NFS and one of their boxes are certificed for VMware using iSCSI

www.drobo.com

I demoed their product and it's good for a test lab or a small business network.
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Thecus make similar boxes to Drobo. It is a NAS. However you can configure them for iSCSI. Performance will never match that of a SAN. They are low cost and VMware Ready logo certified.
see http://www.thecus.com
Tip: go for Thecus HCL (non-eco) disks.
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I'd like to stick to SAN technology. Drobo claims it's SAN technology.
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