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An RFP is the first step to SAN implementation

I am looking for a storage solution for a telecom company. Currently, servers are running on individual hardware boxes. We will move all of these servers to a standard high-end server and implement a SAN to store our data. Critical applications is billing software with 200GB database, currently running on SQL, will be migrated to oracle.

Please suggest how to implement a SAN with a data growth consideration of a few terabytes and access at the rate of 6 million transactions per day.
Any SAN vendor should be able to provide you with a solution to meet your needs. If I were you, I would put out an " RFP" (request for proposal) to all the major SAN vendors in your area and see who comes back with the best solution at the right price for your budget. I cannot make specific recommendations for you since I am always vendor neutral in my responses here.

Your RFP should include detailed specifics about your requirements, and then ask the hard questions of your vendors:

* Product descriptions
* Company viability
* Supported platforms
* Performance
* Connectivity
* Disaster recovery
* Reliability
* Power consumption/Floor space requirements
* Product lifecycle
* Guarantees
* Warranties
* Costs
* Service/Support
* Training

In your case, the most important question would be about performance, since you need to support 6 Million TPD. Check out this previous ATE about the RFP process that may help.

Chris

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This was first published in February 2004
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