Hello, we are looking for some new primary storage for a VMware 5.5 essentials plus cluster. There will be a MS SQL based ERP system and reporting server that need solid performance. Looking at about 5TB+ minimum usable and reasonably quick storage.
We've traditionally used Dell storage, but this time we'd like to go with HP so we can take advantage of Veeam's tighter integration with HPs SANs.
At the moment we are looking at one or hopefully two Storvirtual 4330's with 8 X 900GB drives in a network RAID 10. We'll also be adding PernixData FVP SSD cache to the servers themselves for added performance.
This setup is a lot more expensive than going the more traditional (for me anyway) Dell dual controller SAN and we end up with less usable space for the money and perhaps a slower array.
So I have a few questions:
From the Veeam side, does the Veeam integration work great with the HP products? It looks terrific, which is why we are here
How is performance on the network RAID 10 setup compared to a single unit, dual controller, assuming both are RAID 10
How is it to live with the HP / Lefthand arrays from a manageability and stability standpoint?
Assuming around a $40k budget, the Veeam compatibility need, would you do something different here? VSA is interesting, but we've never worked with it and I'm a reluctant to experiment. I should add that at the $40k budget would have been for two arrays on the Dell side as well, but the second would be used as a replication and backup target. So it would be one faster array for production and one larger slower array for replication and backup
Thanks for any thoughts on this