Vendor disk price gouging?
Looking around, the most expensive blingtastic "enterprise" 750GB SATA2 hard drives I can get (with 5 yrs warranty and 32MB cache) are about £126 ex VAT.
So why is the manufacturer (who uses the same model drives, with a firmware change that adds "Not an official $manufacturer disk" whining to the event log) charging £240/disk? The caddies will cost £15 ( based on HP caddy costs, cabling maybe £10.
That's an £89/disk markup, on top of whatever the vendor I used for price comparison is making. I'm looking at 8 disks - so an extra £712 via the manufacturer, plus the cost of spares (normally buy 1 spare disk per server).
I hardly think 89/disk is necessary for a) profit or b) covering up-front purchasing of sufficient disks to fulfill the part requirements for support contracts.
NB: bog-standard fileserver in my case, not a SAN.