I posted this on another forum but thought I may get more responses here.
I need to find a high performance, external, raid capable storage array, that utilizes either Fiber, SCSI, or SAS 15k drives. This storage array will only be connected to one server and any HBA card required can be purchased. The array needs only to be capable of a maximum size of 2TB or so. Performance is probably one of the most important aspects we will be considering. To give you some idea of what I am looking for:
Price needs to be sub $25k with drives, hopefully less than that. Does anyone have any recommendations for our needs? I am really trying to figure out if Fiber Channel will give us any kind of performance benefit in this specific scenario. We will not have multiple servers connected to it, we do not need long distance runs, and the 15 drive limit of each SCSI channel would not be a problem. With those Fiber channel benefits gone would there really be any kind of performance difference?