Recommended SAN configuration for our business needs
Posted on 2012-03-27
We are a small-med sized business and plan on implementing a SAN into our infrastructure. We are needing a SAN to host about 10 virtual machines, SQL DBs and some file sharing. Our SAN needs are very minimal, and we probably only require 2-4GB of storage at the moment, but I would like the option to scale the hardware for future needs.
About a year ago, we were looking at Dell SAN pricing from 10k-20k for a very basic SAN configuration, and I am still hoping to stay in this price range. Due to the restricted budget, this leaves out fibre channel as an option, so the SAN must be iSCSI (Also, I'm not sure if we'd ever see a difference in performance, given our limited needs).
So, my question to you SAN pros is what SAN do you recommend (including any switch hardware) for the needs I outlined? Please let me know if you require any additional information in regards to our business environment.