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Is using a Synology DS1813+ as a SAN for Hyper-v a good idea?

Posted on 2014-03-24
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Can anyone confirm whether using a DS1813+ as a SAN for Hyper-v works well?  I've used it with VMware and it worked pretty well, but that was with non-intensive VMs and no High Availability.

Basically, I am going to setup a DS1813+ using iSCSI to connect to the Hyper-v hypervisors and use High Availability.  I know that the device is more of a NAS than a SAN, but the savings is so good over say a Nimble device.  Thoughts?
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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It all depends on your iops needs and to a lesser extent throughput. Nimble is more than most people need for a small setup but it's really really nice if you need that level of performance.
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How do I determine my iops needs?  My VMs will be: Win2012 DC, Quickbooks server, Veeam server, System Center, Avaya VoIP and an anti-virus server.  No e-mail (using Google Apps).

I've been told by the Avaya vendor that the VoIP server takes very little resources ("8GB RAM and any multicore CPU").
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I have the avaya voicemail server in a vm and it doesn't use much at all. same with my 2012dc. Id STRONGLY suggest a second dc on bare metal, personally I put mine on an old laptop in the far corner of the building. You don't ever want to rebuild a single failed dc. Also rebooting your virtual infrastructure without dns and dhcp isn't fun.

Veeam is actually more resource hungry than any of your app servers. I run my veeam in a vm but on local storage on one of my machines.
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