Something sounds so '90s here. Something's very odd with having 4GB hard drives.
OK, so I'm in charge of making my firm a small, low power, affordable SAN server. I'm looking for some advice here with RE to hardware, availability, etc.
I'm able to purchase all parts online and use eBay (yipee).
What I have:
32 4Gb Hitachi fibre HDDs
A Brocade 825 dual port 8Gb HBA (PCIe)
What I think I need:
a server machine
I want the server machine to simply serve as the server by which I will access the storage space via Gigabit Ethernet. I was thinking of using a Linux iSCSI target. However, I understand that this is not compatible with multiple users. Having multiple users access/share the data at the same time is a must. So, would I be better off putting a Windows product on the box, and use Windows CIFS to allow shared storage across the network?
What I need on the server machine:
A motherboard that will support PCIe (only one slot required)
A motherboard that will support a low power, cool CPU
A CPU - nothing special: it's only serving a few users (Pentium 4 perhaps?)
Preferably a relatively compact box - rack mounted would be best.
I've seen HP Proliant dl380 has what I want, but it also has more than I require. I'm looking for a simple box, only to take requests in on Ethernet, and retrieve data through PCIe HBA - this is why I'd like to create my own.
As an afterthought - since the storage will only be through this rack, I do not require a FC switch. I was planning on using HP's EVA enclosures and controllers, with the controllers directly connected to the HBA. Do those controllers have the ability to present the data over Ethernet rather than going to an HBA? This would allow me to get rid of the server machine entirely. Can those controllers present an iSCSI target over ethernet?
Is iSCSI what I want?
Thank you for reading and any info you can provide.