I´m looking for a NAS for my Homelab, I thought of Qnaps TS-459 Pro+ (http://www.qnap.com/pro_detail_feature.asp?p_id=162)
Will it be able to run 3-5 VMs?
Is there anybody with some experience on these things?
They can certainly work in a small environment. They will not provide much disk performance in a virtual environment especially since you must disable disk caching for ESX(i) etc.
You can do better using an old PC you have available and adding disks. Use a standard Linux distribution and set it up as an NFS server. Use something like Openfiler, FreeNAS, Open-E or a number of other free or free ish software packages to give you a pretty interface to NFS or iSCSI connectivity.
yepp, I know...butt the thing is even if I use a Barebone it still has a powerconsumption of roughly 200-250 Watts
One of those little buggers has only 20-30...
is there some other/better NAS for the same amount of money?
I am using the iOmega StorCenter IX4-200D and I am very satisfied with it. Works very well with VMware and it is on the HCL. You can use it as NFS or iSCSI (I use it as NFS at the moment).
PC power consumption depends what's in it - an old Dell Optiplex P4 3GHz with one SATA disk running Debian linux with CPU power management (cpufrequtils) idles at about 45W. An Atom based solution would be considerably lower.
Bear in mind each disk will use probably 8W 'at the wall' (typical 3.5" 7,200rpm SATA drive).
Well I use the same storage (iOmega StorCenter IX4-200D) via iSCSI but I have to warn you about some suspiciuos reboot I noticed when high I/O was performed (for example a storage vMotion or a snapshot).
hi, sorry took me a while to reply.
first i wanted to buy one of these iomega boxes, but i read a lot about them (and their problems).
So I decided to take the ts-459pro+ which should do for testing (I hope so)...
I talked to my hardware supplier and he told me that I won´t work cause its to "slow" (shure, maybe...but it ain´t an IBM SAN, and it´s only for testing....)
anyway, end of the month I´ll order one, and if somebody is interessted in having some testing results/pics -> I could post them...
I'm interested in hearing how it went for you with your TS-459 Pro+, if it's not too much trouble.
Has anyone heard about a replacement for the IX4-200d? It was released ca.2009, you would figure it was due for a refresh. Reason I ask is that I'll be purchasing two, but not if there's a new one around the corner.
Google so far has not turned anything useful up. Iomega's site has no news about something to replace it.
For fast homelab shared storage, look no further than linux, nfs, and an SSD: http://blog.peacon.co.uk/esx-lab-hardware-shared-storage/
Obviously viability of SSD depends on how much capacity will be needed.
Thanks for the link, I was actually thinking about that after I posted - doing something with RAID1 or RAID10 SSD.
A little birdie also mentioned that holding off for a while on the Iomega couldn't hurt.
Here's another option I was considering, although it would have performance ramifications:
So your I/O path would be something like:
So one more layer to go through, be curious to see how that impacts I/O.
Another consideration for a RAID10 SSD would be saturation...1Gb link could easily be saturated by four SSDs, so you'd really want to be able to leverage MPIO or at least bonding of interfaces.
Thus: VSA on local ESX host storage providing an iSCSI target for the other ESX hosts in the lab.
Have I missed anything? Bad idea?
Hi @ CDC,
sorry that I didn´t answer earlier, I´ve got a lot of work at the moment.
the TS-459pro+ is in my opinion the ultimate NAS Box...it´s not quite cheap, but thats how it is with the good stuff...
Q: Firmware updates easy to perform (any unexpected behavior during an update, for example?); Which version of ESX/ESXi do you have talking to it? Were there any problems getting them talking to it?
A: My current setup is:
Firmware: V3.4 (Firmware Update configured as AutoUpdate -> works preety well)
HDD: WD1003FBYX 1TB RE4 24/7
Mode: RAID 1 (currently, will upgrade to a RAID10)
Switch: Cisco SLM-2008EU
ESXi Box: (AMD Athlon 5200+, 4 Gig RAM, Intel Pro GT Desktop Adapter, USB Stick 8 Gig for ESXi)
Q: How is performance for you?; How many VM's do you have running on it?; How did you carve up the storage
A:Im using the 459pro+ as a iSCSI Target for my ESXi (4.0), currently storing 4 VMs (XP, W2K8, W2K8, Ubuntu Server).
The CPU usage with all 4 up and running between 2,5 and 3,5.
Yesterday I increased the size of a LUN (LUNs in total 2, 500 gig and 100gig) from 300 to 500gig -> no Problems.
If you need/want screenshots of the web interafce tell me 😉
i`m using a QNAP SS439 Pro since a year. I've put in 4x 2,5" 750GB 7200k SATAII notebook disks in a RAID-5 configuration and performance is acceptable.
iSCSI and NFS is possible, NFS is performing a little bit better.
I use that box mainly for demonstrating VMware products like vSphere, Lab manager, View and vCloud director.
A few weeks ago i built a complete vCloud environment with:
1 ESX host physical:
2 ESX hosts virtual
1 vCenter server
1 vCD server
1 vCD DB server
1 vShield server
4 VMs (XP, W2k8)
all objects on NFS share
over all performance very acceptable.