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    EqualLogic PS5000 iSCSI SAN

    Has anyone here tried the Dell/EqualLogic PS5000 series iSCSI SANs? Any opinions on them? I'm looking to use two in a VMWare ESX cluster.

    Also, does anyone have any more specific pricing than the 'starting at $19,000' that's been banded around the internet? I have an EqualLogic sales person visiting my offices in a week but would ideally like to get some rough pricing before then (eg: the price difference between SAS and SATA). Trying to get prices out of Dell hasn't been easy so far.

    Thanks

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    I haven't seen anything more specific. Please do let us know what your impressions are from the sales visit, as I've been very curious about that unit.

    --Erek
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    No raid6 was the only thing that worried me about that unit. Still trying to find the perfect iscsi nas that doesnt cost $50k or use 220v (Sun Thumper x4500).

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    Also, their management tools and marketing material are very windows-centric, only mentioning other OSes in the lists of supported configurations.

    It worries me a bit that they'd be less likely to handle odd issues on other OSes, since they appear to be a very windows-centric company. Honestly, even though it's expensive, 220v doesn't seem like a horrible idea for high volume storage. It keeps the amperage down which should make power distribution easier in the long run.
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    Thanks for the responses.

    I'll let you know Erek, he's due on the 7th. I'm afraid the prices I get will most likely be in though as I'm in the UK. I am hoping to purchase another unit for one of our USA data centres so I will try to get a price in $ too. In the mean time I found quite a good webex seminar that includes an extensive product demo and shows off it's capabilities quite well...
    https://equallogic.webex.com/equallo...87194893392446

    According to these specs off the Dell site, it will do 110v and 240v fine.
    AC voltage: 100-240 VAC 10% single phase
    Frequency: 47-63 Hz
    Power factor: 0.98 (minimum)
    Power consumption: 450 VA, 530 PeakVA (operating maximum)
    Heat dissipation: 1,550 BTU per hour (maximum)
    Power supplies: Dual 440W DC

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