Small, fast storage with support for vSphere

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  1. Stril

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    Hi!

    I need a new, shared storage for some (4) vsphere-servers. Size should be around 8 TB.

    The storage should be:
    - VERY fast (some database VMs)
    - high-available
    - If possible: snapshots and asynchronous replication
    - commercial support with SLA

    Can you give me a hint on which systems are worthy to give them a try?

    My first tests:
    - Starwind:
    Great, fast, high available, good price, GREAT service, but:
    --> snapshots and replication only with LSFS, which needs 3 times the space of the LUN

    - Open-E:
    ZFS-based, "medium speed", problems in Metro-Cluster implementation, poor service. GREAT snapshot and replications functions, cheap

    Thank you for your input!
    Stril
     
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    i386 Well-Known Member

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    What does "fast" mean for you? High bandwidth (byte/s)? Or iops? :D

    Are we talking about high avalaible as high available systems for banks/financial services? Or ups protected storage boxes in the homelab?
    Something between those lines?
     
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  3. Stril

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    Hi!

    It's about high IOPS. bandwidth is always enough :)

    I am looking for "real HA":
    - 2 Nodes
    - synchronous replication
    - automatic failover

    + 3rd node for DR
     
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  5. Stril

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    Hi!

    That seems to be a good concecpt, but I need commercial support with SLAs.
     
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    Sorry missed that, if that constraint is there then your options as far as i know are Starwind or vSAN. ScaleIO EMC pulled back and they only sell with vxrack. Otherwise your looking at a SAN/DAS separate unit.
     
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    Starwind offers GREAT performance, but i hate to have the choice:
    - Raw-device: fast but without important features...
    - LSFS: feature-rich, but huge overhead
     
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