On May 11, 2006, at 4:51 AM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
Quoting lars <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:
I recently read an interesting comparison
on consumer and enterprise grade harddisks:
This was posted yesterday in responce to my question as well. That
deals mainly with the performance and reliability of the different
hard drives (i.e. SATA vs SCSI).
My questions that I'm posting is not really related towards the
the system, it's more towards the capacity of the system... I guess
down to the physical hardware... How does everything connect, how
systems, and how to run arrays bigger than what one single
Look at the Areca SATA controllers.
An 8 port RAID 6 SATA controller using 8 drives, 1 a hot spare, gives
you about 5 drives worth of RAID 6 (5 + 2 parity = 7 drives, can
suffer up to 2 simultaneous drive failures) and the Areca seem to be
well regarded. I have an 8 port and a 12 port one but not in service
yet. Areca has FBSD drivers.
5 drives * 500GB is a about 2.125 "real" TB (given that 500GB drive
is not really 500 real GB) (calculation made with simple ratios and
could be way off). The 12 port Areca card with 1 hot spare and RAID
6 would give you 9 * 500GB = about 3.825 real TB
To get the size of array you want you need to go SATA as the SCSI
drives aren't really big enough to get that big without getting into
major major money. Use good, 24/7 rated SATA drives, not cheap
maxtor or WD (think seagate or hitachi probably). Buy an extra drive
to have or lose some capability and set up 2 hot spares.
I am considering a machine with 2 12 port Areca cards set up with 2
RAID 6 arrays mirrored using ZFS under Solaris 10 as an nfs storage
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