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SAN - recommendation and is it worth it?

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I would like to use a SAN for two purposes:

Virtualization store for ESXi server of production / Admin servers consisting of:

1 Back end Exchange server (2003), 285 Gig
1 Front End Exchange server 150 Gig
1 File server, 650 Gig
1 Application server, 350 Gig
2nd file server 2TB (has .iso image store)
2 x domain controllers, 200 Gig total

I would like a SAN to be able to do the following:

snapshots (with possibility of granular restore)
NFS (to replace file server so users can map directly to shares)
I would also use it with ESXi server to host virtualized environment
Would work with ISCSI for connections and not fibre channel

I am expecting a quote for an entry level NetApps SAN from one of my vendors. The vendor is presenting a quote for 12 x 600 Gig 15K drive system which he says will be sufficient if I don't use it for my .ISO store.

Use 20 % for snap shot processing and so forth, along with deduplication technology, I am told that I will have net space available of 2TB.

Off the top the vendor says that this will cost approximately 32 K.

It sounds quite expensive for 2TB of storage space. I could opt for 12 x  2TB SAS drives (2TB each) 7.2K drives instead of 12 , bur my vendor said access will be slow for an exchange environment and so forth.

To me, 32 K for 2 TB of net storage space sounds quite expensive.

We are a medium sized company with 100 employees. Majority of  data (outside of Exchange) are flat files.

does the NetApps solution make sense or are there other alternatives worth considering that will meet our company's needs that are more cost effective?

Thanks in advance.


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