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Enterprise class storage costs: $10k/TB. Are we paying too much? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is business-class storage so expensive? The infrastructure team at my company charges $10,000 per TB for storage costs. They charge this to us (internal) when we ...
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How can a single disk in a hardware SATA RAID-10 array bring the entire array to a screeching halt?

Prelude: I'm a code-monkey that's increasingly taken on SysAdmin duties for my small company. My code is our product, and increasingly we provide the same app as SaaS. About 18 months ago I moved ...
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What's the best way to explain storage issues to developers and other users

When server storage gets low developers all start to moan, "I can get a 1 TB drive at Walmart for 100 bucks, what's the problem". How can the complexities of storage be explained to developers so ...
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What is a Storage Area Network, and which benefits does it have over different storage solutions?

I'm proposing this to be a canonical question about enterprise-level Storage Area Networks. What is a Storage Area Network (SAN), and how does it work? How is it different from a Network Attached ...
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Why are enterprise SAS disk enclosures seemingly so expensive?

I will begin by stating that I do not believe this is a duplicate of Why is business-class storage so expensive?. My question is specifically about SAS drive enclosures, and justifying their expense. ...
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SAS vs Near-line SAS vs SATA

I'm unsure about the differences in these storage interfaces. My Dell servers all have SAS RAID controllers in them and they seem to be cross-compatible to an extent. The Ultra-320 SCSI RAID ...
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Why should I choose an Enterprise Storage Vendor?

I have been basically psyched out by some of the sales consultants from enterprise vendors such as EMC and NetApp. We have a new requirement to store around 30 TB of unstructured data, and around ...
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What is difference with server harddisk? [closed]

I want to know is there harddisk specially for server? What is the name of it? If I am using home external harddisk to serve files for client, what is the difference with it when using server ...
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RAID 0 InnoDB speed - Comparing 8 x 7,200 RPM drives or 4 x 15,000 RPM drives

I am planning to set up a RAID array for scratch space use in a computational server (16 cores, 128 GB RAM). The users will routinely be creating large (500GB) MySQL InnoDB databases and storing these ...
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What are the benefits of having local disks on hypervisor nodes running VMs off a SAN?

When an hypervisor like XenServer or vSphere can be run on diskless nodes (eg. by booting from flash cards or from the network) and VM storage is handled via a SAN, is there any good use for local ...
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Seagate Momentus XT for Hyper-V [closed]

Has anyone tried these hybrid drives for virtualization? (More specifically Hyper-v + Raid or JBOD). I'm interested in how it performs as I'm running a few servers at home, and the disk I/O is killing ...
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What kind of hardware should I be looking at to scale to ~20k users continually? [closed]

Let's say it's something like Stack Exchange that I'll be running (it isn't, but it's close enough to have similar resource usage), and I'll have approximately 20000 users from August to January (with ...
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Taking pressure off a storage server using a cache server? [closed]

In our small business we process large amounts of print-quality ads, and our graphics departments read/write directly to our storage server (Lenovo px4-300d); but after a series of issues it's coming ...
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How much should it cost to implement shadowing for a Windows Server 2008 environment? [closed]

I should perhaps preface this by saying that I am not a sysadmin but rather a user. The reason I'm asking this question is because I and other users at my company have experienced accidental deletion ...