Small, fast storage with support for vSphere

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
 

i386

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-VERY fast (some database VMs)
-high-available
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?
 

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
 

Stril

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Hi!

That seems to be a good concecpt, but I need commercial support with SLAs.
 

markarr

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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.
 

Stril

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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