First, I do agree that what I'm asking here is certainly unsupported by either HP or Dell.
I'm just exploring some options here.
The scenario: We have a server, a Dell PowerEdge 2950, running SQL Server. This poor old server has been repeatedly brought to its knees every month-closing. Simply because the drives within are toooo durn slow. Something needs to be done with the storage.
The long-term solution: We're going to virtualize the server, backed by SAN Storage. We're purchasing an EMC Storage Array, but that will take some time (6-8 weeks) before we actually have the array, so in the meantime, a 'quick-win' solution is necessary.
The situation: One of the IT Managers suggested purchasing HP PN 691856-B21 and test it running within the Dell server.
(1) I'm almost sure that HP's drive caddy will NOT fit into Dell's chassis, but I've yet to see any explicit statement for that. So, can someone explicitly confirm that the HP drive mentioned above cannot directly fit the PowerEdge 2950?
(2) My suggested solution would be to purchase off-the-shelf SATA SSD drives and use Dell PN CC852 (caddy) and Dell PN PN939 (interposer), but first I want to know if this is a good idea.
Do remember that this solution is just to work around the performance problem until the EMC Storage Array arrives. So I'm not keen on a too-expensive solution.