I haven't used them personally, but Broadberry ( Custom Servers, Rack mount Servers, Storage Server Intel & AMD ) do some very cost effective SAN's and servers. They have a really good configurator on their site so you can play about with specs and price etc...
We've just been through a similar exercise.
Looked at HP, Dell, Overland, Nimble, EMC and NetApp.
I ended up going with HP as they gave us the most 'bang for our buck'.
Nimble was very interesting, and if I was buying a backup SAN or another SAN I would probably have taken a more extensive look but I decided to go for a more established vendor at this moment in time.
Dell Equallogic here and very happy, they are a little more pricey and prehaps not as scallable as the HP lefthand SAN's but i like the interface and the one time i have had to deal with support they where very helpful.
We have just finished commissioning our Open-E SAN based around 2 Dell 720xd servers, each with 24 900GB 10K SAS drives. Each server is replicating the content of the other and should one fail, services will failover to the the other. The software is not quite as slick as our old DataCore SAN Melody, but the performance and functionality is what we need (and should be good for the next 3 years) at a fraction of the price of the other solutions we looked at.
Netgear Readydata (http://www.netgear.co.uk/business/pr...dyDATA-family/) are quite good for SAN, or if you want flash storage try ... Nimbus Data: Leader in Sustainable StorageŽ
We use Nimbus.... It's fantastic!
If you are putting it together yourself, then HP/Dell/EMC seem to be the market leading group.
We took the attitude that I never want to know about a problem and oursourced the building and maintenance of our VM/SAN infrastructure. We used VSG for this. Occasionally a man turns up to patch firmware, replace a faulty drive or update the remote monitoring software. We pay an additional fee for engineering time for VM changes simply because they are so infrequent we'd spend the best part of a month trying to remember how to do them.
Great project, it's always nice when things go smoooooooothly!
Originally Posted by DSapseid
Have you looked at qsan, I have a couple that have been performing well so far.
We run Dell Equallogics and EMC NS120, EMC VNX 5300
I would recommend EMC they have some great deals and there kit is fantastic and very very reliable, New interface on the VNX is very simple and easy to use. There is lots of very good documentation on EMC Powerlink.
Firmwares come out every quaterish but are well tested. Over 3 years of constant use with 75 drives we have only had 1 drive fail and nothings else. As EMC own VMWare they also have much better integration.
Try and find out who your EMC regional account manager is and go through them. Try and buy as much as you can up front or you will get stung for extras later but also be careful what they quote you for as they will add lots you will never need.
If you want to try the EMC VNX you can download a virtual machine called vmx simulator this is a fully functional vnx and can host up to 20GB (i think) great for testing.
Dell Equallogics is also good kit but the interface can be confusing and some bugs in the firmware, so wait at least 6months before you use any new features. Dell is only has only just got the same level of VMWare integration, so also could be buggy.
We have had a few drive fails and we have also had all our controllers swapped out because of a hardware bug.
Also make sure you buy a full Equallogic as you will pay more than the cost of a full populated san just to fill the empty bays.
We run IBM DS3400 with a DS3000 expansion. It's due to be replaced this year and I'm looking at IBM DS3524 as a replacement along with other options.
The IBM stuff is quite good despite it's reliance on LSI internals, we have a SAS connected 3500 series at one site and after a firmware mess it updated and now fly. Smaller than the OPs install but decent anyway.
Edit: also a third cheaper than the HP variant when we were buying.
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