I am in market for a new server and I require heavy disk iops. Our retailer is offering an IBM BLADE HS22 with dual Xeons, but limited to RAID0/1. For some reason the only SSDs he can offer me are 50GB drives for 1000$ each. I am considering buying 2 Crucial C300 256GB and setting up a RAID1 configuration.
So: Viability, pros, cons, should I, should I not?
Keep in mind we need this in a rush, processing power is OK, but lots of random disk IO, especially DB lookups. 256GB is enough for the foreseeable future, but just barely, so no option for Intel's 160GB.
Any suggestions and alternatives are very welcome. I am a lead software engineer by profession, and not by any means new to computers in general, but unfortunately I am new to configuring servers.