- 2xESX 3.5 (Soon to be vSphere)
- 2xESXi 3.5
All four servers are running standalone. The two ESX servers are beginning to run out of hard drive space but still doing very well on the processing and memory fronts. We're not running any external iSCSI or SAN storage for the servers at all.
The ESX servers are also running Ultra320 SCSI drives which are beginning to get very pricey at low storage rates ($550 for 300GB!), so I want to shy away from just throwing more 'small' drives at the ESX servers knowing the hard drives will become rarer with time in the event of drive failure.
What is probably the best solution? Right now I'm looking at the DroboPros which will allow for more growth over a longer period of time, which looks nice for budgets, or at a Dell Poweredge 2950 with 2TB of storage (using 3 bays out of 6 in RAID 5) but still room to grow since it runs SATA for around $3400.
I'm also looking at trying to get vCenter and vMotion, but would there be any advantages to the above two solutions over each other? By switching to external storage I'm hoping to not have to replace these servers until they are maxed out on RAM usage or the CPU load is finally too great.
I will be going with either the PowerEdge bumped up to support SAS drives or a PowerVault with SAS, with the intention to end up running our VMWare from the external storage. The DroboPro is nice but not a long term solution. Here's hoping I get the PowerVault!
Thanks for the great answers everyone!