Dell DAS storage Vmware

Hey guys,

I am planning our vmware esxi 5.5 rollout. We are planning on going with 2x Dell R420 servers and a MD3200 DAS connected via 6GB SAS cables. I am told the Dell MD3200 supports shared storage for VMOTION and the MD1200 does not.

I plan on going with 3x 2TB RAID-5 for storage, we are just going to have a simple file server and a domain controller nothing crazy for I/O.

Any suggestions/thoughts?
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ambatihpCommented:
Yes works..
We got one that we are using almost the same with SSD Drives in first 4 and then 4 1T X SSHD drives (These are consumer rated drives  but we use it because our I/O is not critical and we keep up with backups very well) . We use X720D's and ESXI 5.1 & 5.5 use vmotion.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Are these SAS or SATA disks?

It does support shared storage in that configuration, if you are going to purchase the required licenses.

Check what performance you require 3 SATA disks, of 2TB RAID 5, does not give many IOPS, so you may experience poor performance.
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Cobra25Author Commented:
i was just going to go with 3GB SAS hot plugs, i can go with 6GB/s if you guys think its worth it
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What applications and VM will you be running...
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Cobra25Author Commented:
domain controller, file server, terminal server..
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
number of users ?
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Cobra25Author Commented:
30-40
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would purchase the 6GB/s
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Will do, performance should be good right?

Anything else more cost effective that would work besides the MD3200?
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andyalderCommented:
You were told correctly, the MD1200 cannot be used for shared storage, it is a dumb enclosure which has to be connected to an intelligent RAID controller. Hence the price difference between the two, the MD3200 has a couple of expensive controllers in it.

You can use the MD1200 as an extra shelf on the MD3200 - it could be called shared storage in that case but it wouldn't be connected directly to your servers.

If you are only going to run two VMs you may be better off using the internal disk bays with virtual SAN software such as Starwind but it's only free for up to 128GB.
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Thanks guys, i will go with the md3200 and 6GBPS SAS.
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gheistCommented:
Disks are cheap. 4x RAID10 will be much faster.
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Do you know if I can expand an array after I build it ?
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gheistCommented:
Are you talking in right question?
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