SAN, No SAN, iSCSI, FC
Posted on 2013-06-17
I am in charge of an upcoming decision and need some more guidance. IF anyone wants to help I'd appreciate any direction possible.
We are a smaller company with bigger ideas and a smaller wallet, typical office of 22 emps.
Currently 3 local hosts with 8-15 VM's on each, NO SAN or LUN at this time.
Our current growth of data is about 300-500MB a day in combination of emails, data, and sales documents.
We were looking at a HP P2000 G3 with 24x 300GB SFF and FC with upgrading to VMware Essentials Plus (currently only have Essentials, which is no Vmotion or other snappy features). That was prices at $50k with Lic, software, FC switches, cables, 24x7warrenty.
OR a NAS with 5.4 TB of space from QNAP for about $1800, but not going to get our feet wet in updating technology. so we scrapped this idea.
We are wanting to know if its possible to get an HP P2000 with iSCSI and just add storage for data shares and email archive to a SAN device so next year we can get the FC cards, HBA and FC switches its 2/3rd the cost. This is around $15k for SAN, 2nd HP 2910al, 8x 300GB sff drives.
Basically we want at this point to ADD storage with the upgrade to a faster SAN next year and with the new SAN releases coming really soon is it also worth waiting?
Any info that anyone know about iSCSI crash course is also greatly appreciated.
Any guidance in this is appreciated.