I am wanting to get some input and possibly recommendations on some storage hardware. For a bit of background info we are a VMware environment and were originally looking at purchasing another HP Left Hand SAN which came in at about 35k to add into our existing infrastructure. However our cost limitations have changed forcing us to look at other options. Primarily this is going to be used to archive data, most likely as a running VM. These VM's will be database servers, but will not be heavily utilized. We are also discussing the idea of using it to host our File and Print servers. I originally looked into a NAS for this, but I believe with the requirement for running VM's from it, that a NAS would not be sufficient for this task, which brings me back to a cheaper SAN or maybe even DAS solution. Our primary tick boxes are Stability, Storage Capacity and of course the Price. Performance aspects like faster disks and extra NIC's are great, but not really required as this will only be running non critical and less accessed VM's.
So long story short, any ideas and recommendations for hardware or solutions that could I could look into? :)