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iSCSI SAN solution

Hello,
I'm looking for some advice on an iSCSI SAN solution for our company.  We currently have an IBM DS4700 and IBM DS5020 that are starting to give us performance bottlenecks with the growing needs.  We would like to integrate a new SAN to move some of the data from the DS4700 to allow us some better mb/sec and IOPS.  Adding an additional drawer to the DS5020 is too expensive(plus is is end of life soon) and going to an IBM Storewize solution is too expensive.  We don't want to invest more that 25k because we're planning on moving most of our infrastructure into a cloud based solution within the next 3 years so all IBM, Dell and HP solutions are too expensive.  Does anyone know of another physical hardware solution that can potentially save me money considering our situation?  Something that can integrate an SSD cache would be nice.

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Need to connect 15 VMWARE hosts
We will probably have a SQL server and Exchange 2010 running off this new solution
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
I think you need to define IOPs, storage requirements, etc..

Are current bottlenecks related to capacity, IOPS, head units, etc..? Nimble may be an option, it's a poor man's Netapp.  For $25K you're not going to get much, at the end of they day it's all about hard drives and to get capacity for sql, etc.. you'll need to spend some money.
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sthubertAuthor Commented:
We has our IBM reseller offer us a V5000 at a more than reasonable price and we'll be able to upgrade as we need.  Thanks for your assistance anyway.
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