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    ESXi / ESX & Left Hand

    Anyone using HP's Left Hand with ESX or ESXi ?
    If so, comments, advice, what do you think ?

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    Saw the product for first time in at VMWARE Europe (NICE) 2006. Spoke to Dr Dave, a real evangelist of the product. I did a load with the Lefthand product before HP got their hand on it, even passed the Certified Lefthand Networks SANiQ course/exam.

    Did like the product,
    Simple GUI
    Modular build,
    Intergeneration with windows
    VMWARE SRM support
    Thin provision
    VSA appliance


    Negatives,
    Because of network RAID you could only build a single cluster of either SAS or SATA (not mixed)
    Snapshot, performance hit at over 6 snapshot on a volume.
    Lost a few sales to Netapp, always pointed out they did iSCSI and CIFS, NFS and .....

    These days I would look at Sun SS7000 range of storage or for a pure iSCSI box, Dell Equallogic.

    Andy
    BTW - My experience was with SANiQ 6 & 7.

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    Thanks for that - was not aware of the SAS / SATA restrictions.
    Also looking at SANmedody...

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    +1 on the Sun S7000 range. Fully VMware certified to my knowledge and they run great with NFS (or iSCSI if you prefer). No licensing costs which is a huge plus over NetApp. Check out the 31-page thread over in the hardware forums, or give me a shout if you want to know anything about our S7410 that I'm planning to use with ESX next summer.

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke View Post
    Sun S7000 range. Fully VMware certified to my knowledge
    Yep fully qualified for VMWARE Vi3 3.5 and vSphere (iSCSI and NFS)

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