Need hardware suggestion for cheap 2U RAID server, hopefully with cheap SSD's?
Posted on 2012-03-28
Scenario: USA, small to medium-sized business
Problem: I need to purchase a new, 2U 512GB RAID5 or RAID10 redundant-power supply server on a limited budget. I have built my own such servers with 3Ware cards, but would prefer to *avoid* building this time (and just customize the build by choosing the hard drive and raid controller). I will likely run an instance of Windows Server 2003 (nothing higher for budget reasons and because we have the licenses already) running a proprietary Btrieve database and a separate instance of Windows Server 2003 running Exchange 2007 (also not 2010 for budget reasons and because we have already purchased the Exchange CALs).
Question: Any hardware suggestions? Is it reasonable to purchase top-rated consumer-level SSD's (e.g. 360+ outstanding reviews: Crucial CT128M4SSD2) for such a server using hardware-raid such as the LSI 9260CV-4i?