Small Shop SANs from Dell and EMC


Since I finished setting up the SAN on the virtualization testbed we're putting together in my lab, this review of small EMC SANs from Dell caught my attention. It used to be that SANs were the provence of large IT shops; I bought my first SAN in 1999 and it was a half million dollar investment. That's no longer true. I have an EMC CX300 in my lab that I bought from Dell along with a couple of 4-way Dell 6650s with 16 Gb of memory each. Along with an 1850 server we use as a controller, a network switch and a fiber channel switch, the entire set-up was well south of $100K--very much within the reach of many small IT shops.