We're currently in the process of aquiring a new SAN to service our new
Exchange cluster, SQL Server and VMWare servers.
The exchange cluster ( 2 node active/passive ) will service around 1000
users, but we need to plan for at least double that in the future.
We will have 2 VMWare servers, each an IBM x445 with 4 CPUs, with an
approximated 30 VMs total.
We also want to attach an SQL server to the SAN.
We expect storage requirements to accelerate quite a bit in the future,
and would like something that scales fairly well both in performance
Total storage requirements for now are around 1.5 TB.
We asked IBM and HP to come up with what they considered a good fit for
our needs. IBM came up with their DS4300, while HP wants to sell us an
>From looking at the specs, the DS4300 seems like a "medium-level" SAN,[/color]
while the MSA1500 looks pretty low-end. the DS4300 uses FibreChannel
disks, while HP uses regular SCSI.
Anyone have some experience with any - or both of these SANs ? Any