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    Wahey - A SAN!!

    Wahey - school finally okayed our new SAN.

    Thank you.

    Goodnight

    Gareth

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    It'll be cancelled tomorrow, lol

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    not if hes ordered it already,

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    Which one??

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    Pics or it didn't happen :P

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    Pics when it arrives. Purchasing on lease :-) 3 years through the LEA. Lease has been setup - just got to order tomorrow.

    It's to go with our two new servers which were ordered in March and have been sat there waiting for the SAN for our new HyperV setup.

    Gareth

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethedmondson View Post
    Pics when it arrives. Purchasing on lease :-) 3 years through the LEA. Lease has been setup - just got to order tomorrow.

    It's to go with our two new servers which were ordered in March and have been sat there waiting for the SAN for our new HyperV setup.

    Gareth
    But which one?

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    Congrats! Am currently transferring all my real estate from my old HP SAN to my new HP SAN.

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    We've bought an HP2000 to go with the new HP servers we bought two months ago. Should be arriving a week Monday as there is nobody here over half term. Not a massive amount of space to start with 7.2Tb but plenty of room to grow.

    We've virtualised the majority of stuff but they are stored locally. Just need to move them over to the SAN.

    Excited mind.

    Gareth

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    Not too shabby you'll get about 6TB usable, ISCSI/FC/DAS?

    I have had mixed results with those SANs but they do work well. How many servers are you going to run from it?

    You will find those SANs are actually rebadged from the DotHill 2000 range.

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    Hiya @glennda

    It's a start. We will get it all in place and then when more funding comes through will get some extra hard drives for it.

    Gareth

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethedmondson View Post
    Hiya @glennda

    It's a start. We will get it all in place and then when more funding comes through will get some extra hard drives for it.

    Gareth
    Its not a shabby san as i say, at the introductory level, but if you struggle for performance it is a controller upgrade to go for, the main problem i have seen from the p2000 range is expansion in size but not controller. So people expect to be able to add 3 x storage arrays and expect better performance because they have more arrays running off the same controllers. With expansion downwards you also need to upgrade the controllers in these sans. Expansion in arrays doesn't mean better performance,.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    But which one?
    We've just placed an order for a Dell Equallogic PS-M4110E & a PS-M4110X with a new blade chassis to put them in alongside 4 fully loaded M910 blade servers. Time to update one of the virtual farms...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    We've just placed an order for a Dell Equallogic PS-M4110E & a PS-M4110X with a new blade chassis to put them in alongside 4 fully loaded M910 blade servers. Time to update one of the virtual farms...
    Sorry to bump a 2-month old thread, but have you got the PS series SANs up and running yet? What was the experience like?

    We're looking to virtualise this year and the PS4110E is a model that I have my eye on.

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    We've been delighted with them @KevinB. Piece of cake to set up though keep in mind I'm saying that as someone who's already used to Dell blades & Equallogic SANs (though I never thought they were difficult to set up back when we encountered our first one).

    The integration into the blade chassis is working well for us and makes a lot of sense if you also pick the option to integrate switch fabric, rather than simple pass-thru connections, into the blade chassis too as it makes the wiring a lot more sensible than on our other virtualisation farm where we used the same blade chassis with external equallogic SANs.

    I'm happy with the SAN HQ software, etc. too. All in all it's been a pleasent experience so far.
    Last edited by Roberto; 17th July 2013 at 10:51 AM.

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