(virtualised) Storage Recommendations
Posted on 2011-05-06
Went though this all with my supplier who recommended this spec, but I forgot to write it down during the phone call and I want to double check your opinions, on what to place where!
2 Servers each with 2xXeon 5620 2.6Ghz QC, 16GM RAM, 1 x 160GB SSD, 6x NIC, 2xPSU
iSCSI SAN with 1xXeon X3460 2.8Ghz QC, 8GB RAM, 4x1TB NL SAS 7.2K, 2 x300GB SAS 15K, 512MB BBWC, 6 x NIC, 2xPSU, Windows Storage Server 2008 Embedded, Starwind Enterprise CDP Editon
The 2 physical servers will be running VMWare Essentials, with the following VM's all based on Windows Server 2008 R2:
1 x DC (DHCP, DNS, NTP, etc)
1 x Exchange 2010
1 x SQL (Sage 200 + Bespoke CRM)
1 x File/Print Server
May consolidate File/Print with DC.
Given the above, how do you think I should structure this?
Here are my thoughts:
160GB SSD's - VMware Hypervisors
4 x 1TB NL SAS 7.2K - RAID 5 for VMDK (OS Images), Shared Data, Exchange Mailboxes
2 x 300GB SAS 15K - RAID 1 for SQL DBs + Exchange Logs
Future plan is to acquire another iSCSI SAN to provide HA, possibly at a DR site along with another (at least 1) physical node.