Hello, I have a question about expand FAS2040C, hope you can help me.
We have a FAS2050 which exports a volume of FC drives to a xenserver pool as an NFS storage repository, it contains the vhds of the Operative System of virtual machines. We have another SATA volume exported in the same way to the pool, but this one doesn't work due to its low performance, so it is intended for backups.
Due to the poor CPU of FAS2050, we need move the vm repository to the newer and faster FAS2040C, which is full populated with 15K disks, so we have to add an expansion shelf.
DS4243 allows 15K disks, which we know work fine for vm, but are quite more expensive than 10K drives, so we only can afford 10 disks of 450GB, on the other hand, DS2245 is smaller and cheaper, so we can afford 12 disk of 600GB or some more of 450GB, which allows more spindles, furthermore, this shelf works at 6Gbps instead of 3Gbps,like DS4243, but I can't find any comparative chart for latencies or something similar, and we are worried about 10k disk and vm repositories.
The 15K drives are 3.5" form factor and the 10K drives in the DS2246 are 2.5" form factor... with the smaller form factor, the performance is very similar between the two. For SAS, I prefer the DS2246 (love these shelves!) since they are fast, have a great form factor and use 2 PSUs instead of 4 PSUs on the larger shelf with SAS.
with the smaller form factor, the performance is very similar between the two
Interesting. I remember this being pitched when 2.5'' 10k disks were first introduced (not on NetApp platform, in general). Despite that I tend to somewhat treat them as "slower brothers" of 3.5'' 15k drives (& effectively ignore).
Have you got any real-life performance comparison? And do you know whether NetApp sizing tools treat them more or less equally performance-wise?