SAN Solution- what the heck am I looking for??
February 5, 2013 11:40 AM Subscribe
What options and features or solutions should we be looking for in a SAN solution that will need to last 7-10 years.
We're looking to virtualize (VMware of Hyper V, not sure which yet) our old servers this summer and hosting the VMs on a SAN, along with transitioning all of our user Homes & Shares to the SAN. I've been talking to a few companies and realized a small problem: I have no idea what to even ask or which features I should be looking for in a reliable SAN, or options that 3 years from now I'll be kicking myself for not looking at now. Or recommandations for solutions to look at myself on the side. Of course, all the companies say *their* solution is Epic, but I've learned to be skeptical and I am not partial to any one company.
Basically, we'll have about 10 servers (mix of OSX, Windows Linux) feeding off the SAN with about 500 users (95% OSX, 5% Windows- their home folders all use a Mac Pro Server, which is rapidly running out of space. *sigh* Xsan).
Of course, cost is a concern, but I've also convinced TPTB that based off our experience in IT purchasing, choosing a solution that maybe costs some extra money now is worth the cost of eliminating headaches due to choosing an inferior product today.