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Failover Cluster Shared Storage

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Everyone,

We've been using Dell solutions for our Hyper-V Failover Clusters. However, Dell's price tag seems to be going in only one direction. Therefore, we'd like some advice from those of you out in the field as to what you are using for shared storage solutions. I prefer Direct Attached Storage, but I'll settle for iSCSI if I gotta.

So what say thee, my friends? What do you use for your shared storage for fail over clustering? And no, moving to Azure/AWS is not the answer I'm looking for.

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Re: Failover Cluster Shared Storage

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Hello,
as far as I know, many vendors support direct attached (fibre channel) storage today (well, at least for VMware).

If you mean SAS with direct attached, I only remember Dell / Netapp / IBM / Lenovo (maybe even more OEM vendors) which are all the same boxes just with different labels.

If you post your requirements (amount of data, number of hosts / VMs, IO requirements, etc.), maybe someone could help you better than my very generic answer.

Best regards,
Hannes

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Re: Failover Cluster Shared Storage

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Hello,

We have a few clients with failover clusters. All of those clusters are two node hyper-v clusters. Shared storage is typically a Dell MD3200. Disks are usually 10k or 15k SAS drives. VMs number in the dozen or so. Data can be anywhere from 5 to just over a dozen terabytes. Domain controllers, a SQL Server here at there, file servers, and so on. Users per client are anywhere from 20 to 60.

We are looking for more affordable solutions to Dell.

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Re: Failover Cluster Shared Storage

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yep, what you have as Dell MD is something I used as IBM DS 3000 / 4000 branded some years ago. These boxes are available also as Netapp E-Series, Lenovo DE-series (maybe also other vendors).

If you are happy with the boxes and you only look for a better price, then I would ask other OEM vendors for pricing.

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Re: Failover Cluster Shared Storage

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Nowadays I would almost always go with Storage Spaces Direct / Azure Stack HCI over SAN Storage.

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If you want to decouple the setup a bit further you could also look at SOFS for this.

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