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  1. My Synology NAS is claiming a SMART error on one HDD (ID 184 End to End error) I literally had 36 hours before my warranty was to be expired, and I ran seagate tools against it, and no errors were found on their extended test. The drive is a Momentus XT 500GB drive. I had two laying around doing nothing, and I popped them into the extra bays within my NAS just for more capacity for videos and such. The gist of Seagate's warranty policy was that you can only RMA a drive under warranty if the tool provided an error. No error, you would be on the hook for some costs in terms of diagnosis, drive repair or a refurbished drive. What do you guys think, Ignore it? Or "Danger Will Robinson, eject!" Currently I put those two drives in RAID 1 just in case. And it's just holding movies that I can always re-download.
  2. It could be as simple as just putting a Windows Server in front of the SAN. Then use Windows file shares as needed. I've got customers with up to 30TB's shared to 500 users, on a single file server. I scoff at that, but they do it, and it works. FreeNAS/OpenNAS and more are possible options too. Your SAN may actually have a NAS option. Give us the make/model and we can tell you more if possible.
  3. You have three options. 1. Buy a SAN that has an encryption option. All of them do this these days. 2. There used to be a market for SAN encryption gateways for an existing SAN that didn't support native encryption. This is a dead market IMO. 3. Host based encryption, software running on an OS that encrypts the data. This can cause a lot of issues with AV/backup software. Ill-advised unless you have to.
  4. Have you checked VMware's compatibility list? That is the definitive guide to all things, especially HBA compatibility. You want to from pick what's on that list.
  5. As someone in the VAR/reseller community, I have a very different viewpoint than you. FC is very much alive in midsize and enterprise accounts. SMB maybe not with the likes of Nimble, HP's lefthand stuff, EMC's VNXe, etc, and other start ups. Startups that are iSCSI first, and recently bolted on FC to inch into the Enterprise. Think about that. They added FC after the fact to drive sales in the enterprise, that otherwise wouldn't have given them the time of day. HCI is a great thing. I've got customers that run both Nutanix and traditional infrastructure. The traditional environment costs about 5x what they spent on Nutanix, and Nutanix will never grow more than what it is. I've also worked with customers that went all in with Nutanix. They are uber successful in that. HCI is just an option, not a solution. You need the software/application stack to take notice and adopt. I have many niche verticals that use apps that require physical infrastructure (healthcare), still use HW dongles for license checks(Design firms), and I have customers that have a need for high sustained single stream read writes (NAS systems). Dell/EMC merger is a good thing IMO. It's a marrying of two different business focuses. One caters to the midrange and highend; the other consumer, low end and midrange. They are complimentary. The EMC data protection portfolio is really 2nd to none today. It wasnt the case just a couple years ago. Isilon a fantastic scaleout NAS, Dell's servers are extremely affordable, and their datacenter practice is very very good. You've also got a few very passionate leaders up top that will make waves (top, down) to get his way. When I worked for an OEM software company, my team had our Lenovo laptops out in Roundrock(They were a reseller of our gear)... Bad idea when Micheal Dell walks in the room. ;-) Working with vendors... The whole first hit free thing. That's you (or your sales rep) not informing the customer of long term costs. I run into this a lot as an example with Commvault. They make the sale, sell the software and required licensing, but dismiss or minimize the HW requirements over time. Sure looked cheap in yr1! At the end of yr3, and you need $300k in new servers, SQL licenses, and storage just to maintain organic growth... CVLT did a poor job of explaining that. Same goes for EMC, HP, etc. A good reseller maps out the 1yr, 3yr, and 5yr costs. Manufacturers make their pricing as such, to refresh the equipment after support is over. In fact, pricing is so calculated, it's often cheaper to buy new than renew support in many cases. But new startups are bucking that trend, and the big vendors are taking notice, and making that change. Flat rate annual maintenance for the life of the product. Expect to see this transition in many places over the next 3-5yrs. Back to the original discussion.. ScaleIO, the free version could be the ticket. You can even true-up to pay for support. You don't run a business without support/insurance! Thats the thing about taking on a startup. Is the business viable, the technology sound, can any IT lackey just jump in and manage it? yes the initial acquisition costs were super low, but if ongoing caring and maintenance takes a lot of time, how much did you really save? How about Simplivity? I've lost to them on cost in the past, I have to assume they are doing good... How about just some of the newer rack mounted thecus, synology, qnap arrays? All are vcenter certified, some support flash, and iSCSI. Super affordable, and since they have little in the way of data services, not much could go wrong... Good discussion, perfect on the low end. Of course there are great turnkey low end solutions too if you want to talk to the bigger vendors...
  6. If 100k, Have you looked at VxRail or Nutanix? Both should have entry level configs under that price range. They both allow you to buy without VMware licensing, if you already own that. (EMC used to require you buying Vmware licensing before up until recently)
  7. This product... Is it a first of it's kind? Or a first of it's kind for consumers? Meaning, does this exist already in the enterprise space in other brand-name arrays to some degree? (Though don't know of many SAN's using NVMe...)
  8. Ha, this guy is like royalty in the storage world! Well not quite... But folks like him Chad sakac, Steve Duplessie, and just a handful of others are really great folks to read up on and learn from! Would love to see some color and positive contributions from you here on this forum Vaughn
  9. i5 vs i3 and more RAM, hard to pass on that alone...
  10. How are you determining build quality?
  11. Search for "Pure storage eula," There is a section about not using it in nuclear power plants and life saving applications (Yet they sell a ton to healthcare for EMR systems) Your logo, is now their logo, etc... There are other EULA's similar from other companies at least when it comes to a logo. But the life saving one and nuclear I found amusing. Back to 3Par.. Shame to choose based on price alone. I'm sure any vendor would have dropped pricing if you tried hard enough, and let them know what you're cross shopping. It's really a customer's market when it comes to AFA.
  12. If I had to pick one, Pure. 3Par is starting to show its age, bolting on all those added data services over the years like SSD, dedupe, etc. Where as Pure started from the ground up to make those an inclusion. 3Par was cool in the early 2000's. ;-) When talking AFA, what other vendors have you looked at? Oh and read the Pure EULA, a competing vendor turned me on to it, and it's hilarious. (In a bad way)
  13. Your MSP is a bit mistaken. Unity is literally months old. They are referring to the older VNX/VNX2. Everything about Unity is new. Newer than Nimble. If you can go all flash, that would be more preferred, than a hybrid array. From a support and long term viability standpoint, EMC's Unity now only months old, and EMC being a solid vendor, I'd vote EMC.
  14. 100% agree with you that it's apples to pears to compare products like that. It's just extremely difficult as a reader to reference where one product received X TPS and Y latency, and what another did for comparison sake. Makes for a lot of clicks to find a comparable (at least market space) product.
  15. Synology has replication, so that is an option... But that is a solid unit to use, short of buying a brand name product specifically built for small files and multimedia. e.g. NetApp, Isilon, etc..