Disk Array for new virtual environment.
We are looking into Virtualisation using Windows 2008R2 and Hyper-V.
We have already started with a HP Proliant DL380 G6 (was released from another project, so I nabbed it). This is currently setup with two 146GB drives mirrored for the host’s C drive and six 300GB SAS 10k that have Raid 1+0. I am currently using this for two new virtual servers one for WDS and one will be for SCCM 2012, both are new systems that we are using prior to the rollout of Windows 7 after half-term.
We also want to virtualise one of the DC’s, a server for trialling some new classroom monitoring software, a small application server and three servers that are used for data files. The last three servers have 1.5TB of files between them. The servers are HP Proliant DL380 G5s and at least two will be used as additional host servers. We have about 800 client PC's
We have other servers which will be virtualised eventually. So looking to ‘future proof’ whatever I buy.
So I need a disk array with the possibility for future expansion. We would want Fibre capability but will probably start off with 10GB. We would like to stick with HP & need rack mountable. Budget of 9K this has to include the array, disks and anything I would need to connect to the existing servers and core switches. I have already allowed for another core switch.
Next, I want the moon!
Does anyone have a similar setup and can recommend something?
Thank you so much for your time. My first post so I hope that I will be able to help you in the future.