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FAS2240 or FAS3210?

Hello everybody, i'm new in the community and in January 2012 i need to change my old EMC clarrion with a brand new Netapp.My enviroment is 3 hosts with Vmware.

I ask to my dealer and i've received 2 configurations, one with the new 2240 with 28 disks 2,5" 10krpm, 4FC port and another with 3210 and 28 disks 3,5" 15krpm and 4FC port, the price

is 4.000€ in favour of 2240, but isn't a problem.

My dealer told me that the 3210 is old than 2240, but is an high level SAN than a 2240, but i've several doubt, because i've read the new 2240 have a new processors, is a 8gbs FC vs 4gbs in 3210, also the cache is bigger in 2240. Only disks seems to be better in 3210 ( 15k rpm) than 2240 (10k rpm).

In the papaer seems to be better the 2240 than 3210, but is it true?

Thanks in advance

Re: FAS2240 or FAS3210?

2000 series are the entry level filer...3200 series are the mid-range level....and 3210 is the lowest one in 32xx....

22xx are just announced. that's why u see cpu and mem are better than 3210...

2240 has 6g mem. 3210 is 4gb....

2240 has only one card slot....3210 has two....expansion should be consider also if u wanna install cards like pam....

3210 support all types of disks; while 2240 only support 10k 450g, 10k 600g and 1,2,3TB Sata disks in the internal storage shelf...so all other type disks support in external disk shelf...

any other queries please let me know

thanks

jeff

Re: FAS2240 or FAS3210?

yaoguang wrote:

3210 support all types of disks; while 2240 only support 10k 450g, 10k 600g and 1,2,3TB Sata disks in the internal storage shelf...so all other type disks support in external disk shelf...

Just for the record since you mention all types of disks: both systems do not support SSD's.

Re: FAS2240 or FAS3210?

My information is that SSD are supported on 2240 in external shelves starting January 2012.

Re: FAS2240 or FAS3210?

Thank u guys for the answers, but are there really difference from 2,5" 10k disks to 3,5" 15k?

SSD support is interesting, if buy the 2240 and save 4.000€ i can put some ssd disks in the second shelve..

Re: FAS2240 or FAS3210?

Then NetApp needs to update its information asap, because right now it still does not show SSD's as supported.

Re: FAS2240 or FAS3210?

Giacomo Nichele wrote:

Thank u guys for the answers, but are there really difference from 2,5" 10k disks to 3,5" 15k?

SSD support is interesting, if buy the 2240 and save 4.000€ i can put some ssd disks in the second shelve..

A 15k rpm disk delivers a lot more performance than a 10k rpm disk. For performance sensitive I would not recommend the use of 10k rpm disks. And that is really strange that NetApp does not sell the FAS2240 with 15k rpm drives as internal drives, but that is a different discussion.

Regarding SSD's. You can only buy them as an external storage option and then it is not possible to buy just a few. The DS4243 shelf can only be bought with 24 SSD's. And you can't mix different disk types in 1 disk enclosure.

Re: FAS2240 or FAS3210?

Tomorrow i ask to my dealer for the ssd.

Another interesting thing is the 10GBe integrated port on 2240, is it possibile to use to connect my 3 vmware hosts with 10GBe switchs, instead the FC structure? If yes, is it better or not?

Thanks again Smiley Happy

Re: FAS2240 or FAS3210?

Thank you Pascal, probably the choise to cut the 15k disks in 2240 series is to keep the product in a lower range than 32xx mid-range..

Re: FAS2240 or FAS3210?

The DS4243 shelf can only be bought with 24 SSD's. And you can't mix different disk types in 1 disk enclosure.

You can buy DS4243 with as few as four SSD drives - you just order it as parts, rather than entire shelf.

2240 systems are supported, indeed:

https://fieldportal.netapp.com/ci_getfile.asp?method=1&uid=7178&docid=28043

The potential pitfall I see, is the fact you need a dedicated stack for SSD drives.

Regards,

Radek