I'm looking to upgrade my enterprises storage solution to a more robust enterprise level solution. Currently all my servers are using directly attached storage (either on board or via RAID controller)
Currently I am looking at moving to a SAN based solution, and have realized there is a lot more out there than I originally thought. I'm looking for information on what vendors have quality systems. Currently I am looking at migrating some 10 servers (some of these are to be consolidated onto virtual machines as I am rolling out VM with the SAN).
I'm fairly new to SANs (I've never actually used one) but as a networking admin the technology doesn't seem that far off. My main questions are regarding:
1. Quality of vendors
2. Hardware needs (as far as i can tell, I'd need an enclosure/controller, switch, connectors and PCI cards for my servers)
3. Protocol - iSCSI, FC or FCoE
I've been doing research, but am always looking for suggestions and tips. I've been looking at the Dell Compellent System, as well as their smaller FC solutions.
My thought at this time, is to be able to have a total of about 10TB of storage space, for maybe some 5 physical servers (one of which will be a VM host), with my drives preferably in RAID 10.
One other thing I read, was that, looking at the dell system, it can house "SAS, NLSAS, SSD and Fiber Channel" - I was unaware that FC was a drive type (I though it was just a connection protocol) . Am I confusing something here?
Any good resources would be highly appreciated.