First off I will be running a shared SQL 2005 server with a dozen or more sql databases most of which are very small (10-50mb) a piece, and a couple getting closer to 1GB. None of them are Really that intense as far as usage to my knowledge. Believe it or not I'm currently been running all of this off 1 poweredge 1550 dual 1.2ghz with 2gb of ram and 1 3x 36gb 10k raid 5 array. I'd like to utilize a powervault s200 that I have with 8x 73gb 10k hds. It has the 160mb scsi cards in it. I can either split the backplane into to 4x hds connections using both of the scsi connectors or I can use just one for all 8 drives. I'm probably going to upgrade the server as well and get something like a poweredge 2850 with 2x xeon 3ghz processors and 5 or 6 internal 36gb hds. But I might also just get a poweredge 1950 with 4x sas hds with the 2x dual core 5150 processors. I would really apreciate anybodies expert opinions about how to best setup my drive configuration with the following scenarios: 1. 3x hds in the server and the s200 powervault w/ 8x hds 2. 4x hds in the server and the s200 powervault w/ 8x hds 3. 6x hds in the server and the s200 powervault w/ 8x hds Also, please let me know how much of a difference if any I could expect from the 3 different configurations. Thank you.