I have a HP DL580 G5 Server with 128GB RAM and 4 Quad Cores but not much local storage just enough for OS and stuff.
I also have another HP StorageWorks X1400 G2 Network Storage System based on DL320 G6 which has plenty of available storage but not much horsepower.
What I would like to do is keep my virtual machines on HP Storage Works x1400 and run from DL580.
I have tried with 1 Gigabit ethernet but when you want to run multiple VMs it's not fast enough - things load slow.
I'm looking for the most economical piece of hardware that I can use to connect these two machines. It needs to:
- have a similar connectivity to a DAS
- let me store VMs on the G6, and run them over the connection on the G5
- be professional quality, if possible
- have as low a price tag as possible
The G5 server has a PCIe slot; I had wondered if I could use this as a basis for the hardware. Bonus points if that's the case.