Posted on 2012-03-13
We are a SMB and in the process of purchasing a SAN Solution.
Some considerations are that I plan on implementing VMWare Essentials Plus Kit as I believe that 3 hosts will provide appropriate redundancy for our operation. Initially, I plan on running about 6 VMs, that will include a backup DC, a SQL Server mirror, a DHCP server and a WSUS/print server and a couple of terminal servers. I would like a network file share, but if I have to run it through a VM then that would work as well.
My VMWare hosts will be Dell R610 Servers with two 6-core processors and 64 GB Ram each.
I know that I do not want Fibre Channel. I think that 1GBs Ethernet connectivity would work for us.
I don't think I will need Data Tiering.
Below are the performance highlights, per DELL performance Analysis Kit:
-Peak Throughput = 72 MB/Sec (Peak during backups, otherwise it is under 30 MB/Sec)
-Peak IOPS at 99% = 1007 (again during backups, otherwise it is under 500)
-Storage Used Capacity = under 1TB (I expect that to grow to about 2TB when VMWare is
-Read/Write Ratio = 97% Read and 3% Write
Considering the above stats, I have been looking at and comparing the following products:
1-DELL EqualLogic PS 4100X with 24 x 600GB 10K SAS drives and 2 PowerConnect 6224
2-EMC VNX5300 with 20 x 600GB 10K SAS drives and 2 Cisco 2960 Catalyst
3-Coraid SRX3200G with 20 x 600GB 10K SATA drives and 2 Cisco 3560E Catalyst
4-Fujitsu Eternus DX90 S2 20 x 600GB 10K SAS drives and 2 Brocade switches.
5-I have not started looking at HP and NetApp yet.
At a macro level, I realize that any of the above products will work in our small environment. However, I also realize that there are significant differences in protocol and management options. I have spent a lot of time googling the pros and cons of these products. I think I have run into information overload.
I would like to hear recommendations from your experiences so that I could select the product that would provide the greatest flexibility, expandability as well as the best value.
My budget is around $50,000, that includes VMWare licensing.
Thank you in advance.