Cluster / SAN or other for Home Drive Data
Hi everyone, one of those times again where your opinions are valuable :)
We recently had issues with our home drive data server, it was cheap and cheerful which is why it has failed 3 times over the last 2-3 years.
So we are looking in to replacing it and because we have become so heavily in to IT (most of the students course work is produced on computers 1600+ users). We need something big, reliable, redundant.
One option is Clustering, we want the ability where a server fails then the system is pretty much unaffected while the dead server is restored. What would you all choose? what kind of setup?
I am currently looking at 2x Dell PowerVault NX3000 setup with Storage enterprise, both servers will have R5 setup with hot swaps etc. So replacing parts on one server will not take forever and ofcourse clustering for a dead server with unaffected down time.
Many thanks for your replies, you can be totally honest. Some might say the above is overkill but this is something that really can not be down for 1 hour let alone longer.
Spec wise, we need at least 1-2TB of space, currently 500GB used, which has gone from 20GB 6 years ago.