Help me purchase a SAN
August 30, 2005 2:10 PM Subscribe
Can you help me with the purchase of a SAN for my small to medium sized business? We're looking to attach 4-6 servers to ~2-3 TB of storage space.
posted by stovenator to computers & internet (8 answers total)
Our budget is a little flexible, but it looks like it will be <$30,000. We've looked at the HP MSA1500, and the Dell (EMC) AX100. We like the price point of SATA, but we're going to eventually want to move our MS SQL server to the SAN, so SATA only probably won't work. We are open to using both SATA and SCSI, but don't know if SATA will work for anything other than our file server. The MSA1500 supports both SATA and SCSI in a mixed configuration, but it doesn't appear to have the performance we think will be necessary.
How do the IBM DS400 and DS4300 compare to these? Are there others we should be looking at? Are we going to be able to find something that will give us the reliability and speed we want in this price range? Is there a forum where specific SAN solutions are discussed at length so we can better choose a solution?