Goodbye Dell, Hello NetApp (almost)

I’ve been writing about how Dell’s PowerVault 220s are junk for quite awhile now. We experienced our 3rd major crash for the year this week. We had everything restored and back in operation 23 hours later.

In the meantime we brought in a data storage consultant to analyze our storage infrastructure. They presented a detailed report about a month ago, and this past Monday the partners decided that it was time change the way we store data. The decision was made to no longer use Dell for our storage system (we will still keep using them for our application servers), and instead move to a Network Attached Storage appliance. In our case we’ll start by moving our headquarters office to NetApp FAS3020c enterprise storage application from Network Appliance (NetApp).

We are still working out the final details and pricing (that’s another story for another time), and hopefully will be placing an order within the next couple of weeks. Then the real fun begins as we get to install and configure the new system.

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