I am trying to build a new VMWare server with about 96 Gig of RAM & 2 to 4 TB of HD in RAID 10. The question is a choice of HD type.
In the past, I have been buying 600GB 15K SAS which has been very reliable with little failure, basically plug in and forget about it.
In recent years, I noticed that SSD HDs have been coming down in price. So I like to consider them this time.
When I looked at R520 server on DELL website, I see a 800GB Solid State Drive SATA 3Gbps 2.5in Hot-plug,3.5in HYB CARR-Limited Warranty for $1,482.73 and I like to hear from the experts WHO INSTALLED SSD on FILE SERVERS.
(1) Are SSDs as reliable as SAS in terms of errors and longevity ? I know it outperforms SAS in terms of speed.
(2) Do I have to use DELL brand SSD ($1,482.73 for 800GB)? or Are there better SSDs that I should consider in terms of price and quality? $1,482.73 for 800GB seem very high. I like to buy SSDs on my own just like I add after-market RAMs (Kingston RAMs) after I buy DELL server with minimum RAM.
(3) Are SSDs worth the investment as they are still pricy based on your experience?