Solved

Is it possible to build a cheap, safe and fast san for two servers??

Posted on 2012-03-11
4
345 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
How is the best way to attach two Microsoft servers in cluster to a Disk a array? The Disk will contain a SQL Database.

Do i need a SAN Switch for this simple installation?

What hardware elements do i need?
0
Comment
Question by:j_meca
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:Bajwa
ID: 37706904
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:j_meca
ID: 37707329
Good article, but i think that i´ve to explain what i need better.
 I´ve read some articles, Fibre Channel, Iscsi, the concept is easy, two servers in cluster, one disk array all connected through a SAN Switch (HBA controllers, wires....).

But, which is the best way (Quality-price)...., I mean, my installation will not grow more, so I don´t have to think on a scalable architecture, I´ve to think in a very small one!!:
 
Is possible to implement it with a Gigabit Switch and a Disk array with gigabit connection? (The servers have two network adapters) The performance would be enough for SQL Database??................. what would i need (hard and soft)? The switch has to be a SAN-Switch or is possible to use a standar Gigabit Ethernet?
Is possible to deploy the above solution using a server with multiple disks instead of the disk array for speed?.

As you can see I need speed but I´m trying to spend as less as possible.

Thanks a lot
0
 
LVL 5

Accepted Solution

by:
CarlosDominguez earned 500 total points
ID: 37708990
Yes, you can use a normal gigabit switch. And a SAN box with iSCSI. In fact, if it will not grow, and you only need two servers, and the SAN offers you two gigabit connections, then you would avoid the switch, you could connect each server to each gigabit interface, although it is not the beast approach, and a gigabit switch is not very expensive.

Option 1) You can purchase a Synology DS1511+, for instance. It is a good and cheap NAS/SAN. You can configure it as SAN through iSCSI. You can purchase your own combination of SATA and SSD disks to fill the box (5 drives).

Option 2) Yes, you could use your own server to offer the local disks through iSCSI. I would not recommend it if they are not hot spare disks. You could take a look to FreeNAS, Nexenta, OpenSolaris (ZFS) as your storage OS.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:j_meca
ID: 37826636
Very usefull, thanks a lot
0

Featured Post

Optimizing Cloud Backup for Low Bandwidth

With cloud storage prices going down a growing number of SMBs start to use it for backup storage. Unfortunately, business data volume rarely fits the average Internet speed. This article provides an overview of main Internet speed challenges and reveals backup best practices.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Requirements: root access via SSH, telnet, or other.. Alternately, access from the server administrator to run a counter-strike server, and the proper access rights to do so. Enough free disk space (and allowed to use this much, eg disk quota): 6…
More or less everybody in the IT market understands the basics of Networking, however when we start talking about Storage Networks, things get a bit dizzier, and this is where I would like to help.
This demo shows you how to set up the containerized NetScaler CPX with NetScaler Management and Analytics System in a non-routable Mesos/Marathon environment for use with Micro-Services applications.
A short film showing how OnPage and Connectwise integration works.

932 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

11 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now