I am looking at this new Lenovo ThinkServer RD240 I got. Since we are using NAS for file storage, and most of our servers are more function/application oriented (not requiring lots of data) I am trying to decide how I should order my drives.
Basically, I can put 8 250GB 7.2k drives in a Raid 5 array and still have plenty of storage for my virtual machines. My questions is this...
Should I go Raid 5 with lots of small hard drives, or Raid 5 with 3 or 4 larger drives. Or maybe even Raid 1 with 2 really large drives?
I believe RAID 5 with small discs will give the best performance, just not sure what drive configuration to spend my dollars on. Any advise?
FYI. The virtual machines on this server will be a domain controller, terminal server, small web and sql server for low performance database, possibly a windows 7 admin virtual machine for me to remote access the network via RDP from.