Our little snowboarding company currently has three NetGear ReadyNAS units that I am ready to put through a wall.
Every few months I start looking into the possibility of consolidating down to one unit that doesn't suck and that can also work as an iSCSI SAN. We have a few minor one-off VMs on ESX that I'd like to move onto a SAN as opposed to local storage.
It seems like the pay to play price on SAN is prohibitively expensive for dabbling purposes. Other than graphical files for our online catalog and some purchase orders, we don't shuffle a lot of hard files. Therefore, I'm on the fence about whether or not this is something we should look at dropping serious coin for.
Can anyone make any recommendations that might help me drop in something that would help me better make my decision...without the overhead of say, selling my soul to a vendor who will call me every other day?
PS: I'm totally game for rolling my own, but FreeNAS and OpenFiler have not been kind to me in the past.