We are purchasing a new HP Pro Liant DL380 G8 server. Looking for recommendations on best drive/RAID configuration. Will have W2K8 R2 or W2K12 R2 server installed with two-processors, 32GB RAM, and the Smart Array P420i with 1GB FBWC controller. The server can hold 8-SFF drives. Looking at HP Enterprise SAS 10K drives since SSD drives are still a little too pricey for this project. This server will be the second server on the network and will be the 2nd DC, DHCP, DNS server for redundancy. We will also run a Hyper-V virtual W2K8 R2 server for a third-party software application that is not supported on a DC.
Considering the following:
2x300GB 10K in RAID 1 for OS
6x600GB 10K in RAID 10 for user files and Hyper-V role running one possibly two virtual servers with third-party software application.
8x600GB 10K in RAID 1 with partition for OS, 1 partition for user files and Hyper V virtual servers (or three partitions 1-OS, 1-User files, 1-Hyper V server).
Just looking for input from any previous experience, good/bad, any suggestions etc.