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SAN / RAID -- Windows Server 2012 ?

Posted on 2014-09-10
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Does anyone have complaints/suggestions/etc
about ""windows server 2012 raid" ?

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 1. currently have 24TB raw EqualLogic SAN with RAID-50
     that will be expiring and renewal is TOO expensive
 2. might move to "windows server 2012 raid" instead
 3. want 14 days of block-level snapshot backups
 4. want nightly snapshot replication to offSite location
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by:pjam
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If you are referring to software RAID, I cannot condone.
When you say EqualLogic is expiring is it leased?  Or cloud?
Please explain
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by:finance_teacher
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Owned, maintenance will expire in a few months, called Dell asking if I can purchase EqualLogic drives when off support, they said NO.

Any suggestions ?
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Cliff Galiher earned 500 total points
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There is no such thing as "windows server 2012 raid."

Server 2012 did introduce a storage virtualization product that is competitive with many SAN features called "storage spaces." And in many respects, it is a great feature and can drive down storage costs, HOWEVER if you want certain traditional SAN features such block-level snapshots, you'll want a traditional SAN. Storage spaces will not provide a replacement for those features.
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