We need to provision a SAN array. We went to Netapps, EMC and dell and got quotes from each. Now I believe Dell is out of the running as their compellent series appears to be (from what Ive read) inferior to both NetApps and EMC Vnx series.
Here is what we have:
Netapps FAS2040 with the Base Pack, Foundation Pack, Protection Pack and Server Pack. This array allows for 24 * 300 GB SAS drives and 12 * 1 TB SATA drives, which when we use their RAID-DP tech, comes to a total of 4.2 TB SAS and 8 TB SATA usable storage. IT also comes with FC and iscsi native.
EMC VNX5300 has 24 * 600 GB SAS, which means 9.94 TB usable storage based on 3 RAID-5 Array configuration. This comes with their replication manager (Local only), Local protection suite and application Protection Suite.
They both come in at the same price. I have no experience with either, so can I get some people's expert opinion on which they like more and why. I need to justify this to management. Your experience with either units would be appreciated.
I hear that EMC are unreliable in terms of supported their products after a new family line is introduced. But other than that, in terms of efficiency, ease of use, etc etc and anything else I am missing, which is the better product?
We will be using VMsphere 4.1 in cojunction with the SAN.