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Hello,

We are looking at a low-cost SAN solution for our VMware server virtualization project. Does anyone have used Cybernetics iSAN-D (or miSAN-D) with snapshots? Any info is very much appreciated. Thanks. 

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Kanaka Kumara
IT Services
Eureka College, IL

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Message from russ.leathe@gordon.edu

We moved to a vmware environment this past summer...this has opened up a list of possibilities.  We are piloting drobo disk management (drobo.com) . This complements our already installed San solution and allows tier 3 backup to disk using commvault.  We are running 10 VM’s, utilizing drobo, in production.   v-motion is really slick…look at the build-in utilities for “snap shotting” available in VMware. You need the Enterprise license though..well worth the added cost.   I hope this is helpful,   Russ

 

 

Message from slowe@1610group.com

Kanaka, Do you know how many VMs and exactly what kinds of workloads you'll be running in your VMware production environment? Do you eventually plan to do any desktop virtualization using the same storage hardware? Capacity is an easy metric to figure out, but I/O performance can be a bit tougher, especially when you use RAID. Bad I/O performance will ruin your whole day. If you're looking for low cost storage, you might also consider some of the newer Iomega units such as the px12-350r. Whatever you get, just make sure it appears on VMware's HCL. Scott Scott Lowe Founder and Managing Consultant The 1610 Group
Hi Kanaka,
    We have been using a very  low cost modular Nexenta based solution for VM storage but it is NAS rather than SAN.  The performance is great, it includes compression and de-duplication and redundancy. We have been running for a year with ~ 300 VM guests.

Barry


On 02/13/2012 01:36 PM, Kanaka Kumara wrote:
Hello,

We are looking at a low-cost SAN solution for our VMware server virtualization project. Does anyone have used Cybernetics iSAN-D (or miSAN-D) with snapshots? Any info is very much appreciated. Thanks. 

--
Kanaka Kumara
IT Services
Eureka College, IL

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Roanoke College has been using the Zebi product from Tegile with great success, www.tegile.com. From a price, performance, functionality standpoint we have been very pleased but you may consider this product more mid-range. James R. Dalton VP of IT Roanoke College
We just purchased a Tegile SAN. They have great service and the functionality is great for the price. We also have a NetApp for our more critical systems. God bless, Sam Young CIO Point Loma Nazarene University Sent from my iPad
Washington and Lee can echo James Dalton's note on the Tegile - Zebi product. We're running two systems in parallel for VDI. Each system replicates to the other and we keep two weeks of snapshots for more granular recovery of images (we have quite a few persistent images). Deduplication and compression are saving us terabytes of space. We've been using fiber channel, NFS and iscsi connectivity for various reasons for almost a year now. Jef Director of Core Systems Information Technology Services W&L -----Original Message----- From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@listserv.educause.edu] On Behalf Of Dalton, James Sent: Monday, February 13, 2012 4:03 PM To: CIO@listserv.educause.edu Subject: Re: [CIO] Low cost storage solutions Roanoke College has been using the Zebi product from Tegile with great success, www.tegile.com. From a price, performance, functionality standpoint we have been very pleased but you may consider this product more mid-range. James R. Dalton VP of IT Roanoke College
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