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I have about a $15K budget for a SAN.  What vendors should I be looking at that can meet this number?
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by:Patrick Bogers
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Hi

Probably HP is your best choice, have a look at this comparion chart located here.
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Dirk Mare earned 2000 total points
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Emc would be best for your budget

http://www.emc.com/
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by:Duncan Meyers
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Better yet: what is it you need? How much disk space? How much performance? What is the workload you will be running? Do you need to replicate to an offsite facility? Do you need block or file or both?
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by:Duncan Meyers
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Almost all the major storage vendors produce an entry level box at the sort of budget you've set, so the vendor is irrelevant, really.
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by:NytroZ
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Oracle server runs on guest vm on ESX server.  We want to use a shared storage device so we can setup an HA cluster and migrate the logs, db, and backups to the SAN
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by:Dirk Mare
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That is true, but emc is cheaper.

Warranty
Disks
Disk enclosures
Ext

And they offer better support
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by:NytroZ
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I would have never thought of EMC as being cheaper
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How many iops would I get out of a RAID 10 with 10 15K drives?  Would I be better with a RAID 5 with SSD's
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by:Duncan Meyers
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Bizarre.
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by:Dirk Mare
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FC or iSCSI?
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by:Dirk Mare
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Each one has its place but.
 
EMC has more features that can improve performance.
Eg 4 tier tiering.
 
How it works is you take SSD drives and dedicate it to the controllers cache increasing the cache size.
Then below that you have a triangle effect.
 
SSD
SAS
NL_SAS
 
The data goes into the cache at the controllers then the system learns the data.
Then what ever gets used the most gets moved to the SSD tier and other data gets moved to the SAS and data that doesnt get used gets moved to the NL-SAS
 
If the system needs the data from NL_SAS it moves it to a faster tier.
 
Where the HP
Can only do 3 tiers.
It does not have the cache tier option.
 
But the rest of the HP works more or less the same.
 
This is the biggest difference.
 
EMC is much cheaper than HP.
Especially if you look at the small solutions.
So from 50TB  and up the prizes should be similar.

Hope this helps

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by:NytroZ
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Thank you for pointing me to the EMC direction.  I am looking into a VNXe series SAN which looks to be a very good fit.
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by:Dirk Mare
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No prob.

Vnxe with isci would work great, add in more NIC's to increase bandwidth and performance.
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