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Expanding P2000 G3 SAS storage with D2600 shelves

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Hello, I have a Dual-controller P2000 directly attached via SAS 6Gb to four ESXi hosts

The P2000 currently has 12x 600GB SAS 15K LFF disks in RAID10, 1 vdisk

We are looking to add around 12TB of usable capacity to it, on RAID10

I wanted to ask if it's better to get:

1x D2600 LFF shelf with 12x 2TB LFF 7.2k rpm SAS disks (3.5-inch SC Midline, 652757-B21 )

or 2x D2600 shelves with 12x 1TB LFF 7.2 rpm SAS disks each? (3.5-inch SC Midline, 652753-B21)

Usually we carve 600-700GB LUNs and present them to our ESXi 5.1u1 hosts

Is there a chance we might hit I/O bottleneck by adding 2 shelves? if I understand correctly the  max throughput with the 6Gb SAS interface is 750MByte/sec ? 80% of the storage will be consumed by the 2 hosts.

Are HP 7.2k rpm drives recommended for this SAN or is the performance severely impacted when compared to the regular 600-900GB 15k rpm?

The other option for us would be the SFF version of the enclosure with 24x 900GB 15k rpm SAS SFF disks, which would be about 3x the price. Are these 900GB 15k disks going to give us 3x the performance? I'd like to keep the cost of this upgrade around $8-10k

Thank you
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