[TriLUG] Affordable storage?

Kevin J. mrkevinj at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 20 21:07:50 EDT 2007

Definitely! I'll need to pay for shipping though as I don't live/work in the Raleigh area. Is it iSCSI, Fibre, HBA's? I'd prefer iSCSI for ease of install, but I only have a single Netgear Gig-E switch and I'm not sure if it will be fast enough to run VMWare VM drives from a storage array. I have a HP DL360R04p 3.0Ghz Xeon that I could use to plug this on as a DAS. I just hate to put that much storage on one single server.


----- Original Message ----
From: Jason Tower <jtower at cerient.net>
To: Triangle Linux Users Group General Discussion <trilug at trilug.org>
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 9:54:45 PM
Subject: Re: [TriLUG] Affordable storage?

if you're interested i have a storage server (supermicro 15 disk
 chassis, dual 
3ware sata controllers) that i built for a client a couple of years
 ago, they 
just retired it in favor of two 7.5tb servers (which i built as well).
sitting on a shelf in my garage and i'd love to find it a home before i
next week :)

it's currently filled with 300gb sata disks yielding about 3.5tb,
 replace them 
with 500 or 750gb disks, you can do the math.  it's not fancy like emc
 or netapp 
but it's all off-the-shelf hardware, runs linux, and worked flawlessly
 when it 
was in service.


Kevin J. wrote:
> I lost two drives in two separate arrays, and one logical drive (not
 good!!!), in the last three days and I need to get a more robust
 storage system. We have some overheating issues in our server closet (stays
 around 80 degrees for some reason though it used to stay around 70 with
 the exact same a/c unit) and it's killing the sandwiched drives in the
 arrays. These are home-grown boxen and I need to get an affordable
 (<$7k) storage solution that will start with approx. 1TB and grow up to
 5TB, if possible. I'm looking at the Clariion AX150, but have never used
 EMC before. 
> Can anyone recommend a better solution in that price range? 
> Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
> Kevin
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