OT: Favorite SAN vendor?

From: Bret McHone 
I'm looking at getting a new SAN for work specifically for a VMWare
(vSphere and View) infrastructure, so I need high performance options since
we'll be running around 900 VMs on it out of the gate. Does anyone have a
SAN vendor that they are just really happy with? We are locked into EMC for
part of our deployment due to software and vendor requirements, but my
VMWare deployment will have no such limitations and I'ld love to hear what
others like/think about the different options out there.

Currently my hosts are use 10Gb FCoE to connect to the current SAN but
would not be opposed to looking at other options.


=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ Last company I worked with was EMC, so I can't help you much but I know they did well by me.

=============================================================== From: Aaron Welch ------------------------------------------------------ I put in a call to the place I used to work will let you know what they have for you. If they give me good answers I will connect you with them. -AW

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ ty, Sir. We've had IBM and EMC pitch their wares at us at this point. I'm going to at least get NetApp to show me what they have, but I've not really had to shop for a SAN before so I'm hoping to find opinions and experiences with other vendors. I respect the opinions of at least a few of the people on here. :) Thanks, Bret

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ If performance is more important that price, SolidFire if sort of the Ferrari of SANs. Our marketing is exclusive to CSPs but we have SANs in production at a few enterprise customers. It's pricey, ~$0.20/GB effective capacity (the start 60TB system is around $300K). But if you need guaranteed IOPS, it's the only real solution on the market. It's built from the ground-up for QoS. And the IOPS scale as you add capacity. One other draw back is that we won't have FCoE until later this year. Right now it's pure iSCSI. solidfire.com -Eric -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ Quoting Bret McHone : In a previous life, I was very interested in Aaron's previous employer. Unfortunately my employer (Blueridge Carpet) went under before I could get them to purchase anything. :(

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ I would recommend EMC or NetApp. We have a mixture of EMC tech... EMC VMAX2, Symmetrix, Connectrix, VNX... blah blah blah.... and its been REALLY good to us. NetApp does have some really good stuff as well.

=============================================================== From: Mike Smith ------------------------------------------------------ 3PAR is fantastic! EMC is spendy. Thanks, Mike Smith (423) 650-4417

=============================================================== From: Aaron welch ------------------------------------------------------ Hmm... both of those are spendy. I am not sure I could say that EMC would cost more than 3PAR, especially not for a hospital. -AW

=============================================================== From: Reed Gregory ------------------------------------------------------ At UTC we are just about to release a RFQ for a new EMC VNX5300 conservatively specced in the 45,000 IOPS range. I have been researching and evaluating different people in the market over the last several months. We chose EMC because we have had really good experience with them in the past. One vendor I would for sure avoid is Dell/Compellent. Being a Dell shop for now, we "experimented" with a compellent and it has not been a very good trial. We are heavy FC, so I can't speak to the FCoE or iscsi parts. 3Par was very interesting but I was a little reluctant to the major change when EMC has been good to us and as a educational institute we get crazy discounts off list prices. We are a small crew and major vendor changes can be rough. If you are interested I know some good people that do 3Par stuff that would be happy to talk with anyone. Reed

=============================================================== From: Aaron Welch ------------------------------------------------------ Give Thomas and Jason hell for me. :-P -AW

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ I really want to thank everyone for the great info! Y'all really came through for me with some great SAN vendors I wouldn't have considered otherwise. Thanks very much to everyone! Anyone who has replied to this thread feel free to look me up if you're in Knoxville and I'll buy you a beer. :) -B