We finally got rid of our HP MSA1000 we used for the Lab Environment. Altough we only host like 40 Servers on the SCVMM Cluster, the 35MB/sec which the MSA provided was a bit of a pain.
So we found that superfancy Synology Product and it said something about ~200MB/sec R/W performance so we thought: why not give it a try! If it doesn’t work out, we still can have our students to return it to the shop.
We are currently hosting about 20 Virtual Machines on the Synology DS1512+ (iSCSI and Jumbo Frames) and it runs pretty well!
The 200MB/sec are pretty close to the real world, I did a small Benchmark using ATTO on one of the Virtual Machines and here’s the result:
HyperV Guest, iSCSI Attached to Synology DS1512+ (up to 170MB/sec Write & 182MB/sec Read)
Comparing an ESX Guest residing on a local OCZ Agility 3 SSD 240GB, 2.5″, SATA3, MLC-Chips, 525MB/s (up to 270MB/sec Write & 400MB/sec Read)
ESX Guest residing on a local Hitachi 2000GB, SATA3, 7200rpm, 64MB (up to 90MB/sec Write & 96MB/sec Read)