HP MSA 2040 and DL380 Gen8 – New storage and virtualization project

In our firm we needed a new solution for our ever growing storage demands. Also the current server and storage (Dell PowerEdge 2950 and MD1000) is out of support after 7 years 🙂
After deciding virtualization is THE solution to go for, I also choose to go for a proper central storage box. I invited some partners to show me their solutions and I made a shortlist of 3. Dell/Equallogic (PS 4100X), EMC (VNX 5100) and HP (MSA 2040). After intens talks and comparisons, I decided to choose for an HP MSA 2040 with dual 12Gb/s SAS controllers and 24x 900GB 10k Enterprise SAS disks together with 2 HP DL380 Gen8 dual 8-core and 128GB RAM to run VM Essential Plus on.
In my believe the EMC VNX 5100 8Gb/16Gb FC and the MSA 2040 6Gb/12Gb SAS are good competitors and they both gave me huge discounts, but in the end I choose for HP meanly because the VNX 5100 will probably be end of life (EOL) in 2014 and the HP is just launched 6 months ago.

It this moment of writing, I’m waiting for the new boxes to be delivered. Maybe within 1 or 2 weeks I will receive everything and then I will do some I/O testing on this setup.

Here’s my setup:
-2 X HP Proliant DL380p Gen8 Servers (2 X 8 Core processors each, 128GB RAM each)
-HP MSA 2040 Dual Controller – 12Gb/s SAS
-HP MSA 2040 is equipped with 24 X 900GB 10k SAS Dual Port Enterprise Drives
-Each host is directly attached via 2 X 12Gb/s SAS miniHD cables (Each server has 1 SAS cable going to controller A, and Each server has 1 SAS cable going to controller B)
-On the servers, VMWare Essentials Plus will be installed as the hypervisor and for the vm’s I will be installing Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter.

Update on the setup and testing soon.