I am not as verse in the storage area as I would like to be yet and would like to learn more and get everyone's input on the best setup for a home lab (as well as any other info in general).
From "getting by" to high end storage setup; is what I'd like to know...
I have 2 HP DL G5 servers (380, 360) with ESXi 5.5 on both in a cluster. I have the ESXi installed on a 8GB micro USB flash drive connected to the internal USB riser port for both servers.
I plan on expanding my lab, etc but need to get the "storage plan" in place first.
I only have about 500 GB of internal total storage tween the 2 servers as of now (but based on your recommends I'm open to buy more parts/storage, etc).
Primary purpose is for VMware (Horizon View VDI, etc) and Citrix (XenDestop/XenApp, and NetScaler, etc) testing, and secondary use just for MS products, Linux and whatever else.
So I know there's quite a few options such as:
- VMware vSAN
- Synology external NAS
Then there's types of storage like SAN, NAS, and VMFS.
I get NAS is file based and SAN is block based. Please describe when you'd use one over the other in this case. I understand SAN tends to be faster?
Then there's the different protocols like:
Any input or recommendations I'd greatly appreciate it!