In the last exciting episode, [EMAIL PROTECTED] ("Andrew G. Hammond") wrote:I don't know what your budget is, but there are now 10k RPM SATA 150 drives on the market. Their price/performance is impressive. You may want to consider going with a bunch of these instead of SCSI disks (more spindles vs. faster spindles). 3ware makes a hardware raid card that can drive up to 12 SATA disks. I have been told by a few people who have used it that the linux driver is very solid.
We got a couple of those in for testing purposes; when opportunity presents itself, I'll have to check to see if they are any more honest about commits than traditional IDE drives.
If they still "lie" the same way IDE drives do, it is entirely possible that they are NOT nearly as impressive as you presently imagine. It's not much good if they're "way fast" if you can't trust them to actually store data when they claim it is stored...
We lost data because of this very problem when a UPS didn't signal the shut down before it ran out of juice.
Here's an excellent explanation of the problem: http://archives.postgresql.org/pgsql-general/2003-10/msg01343.php
This post indicates that SATA drives still have problems, but a new ATA standard might fix things in the future:
SATA RAID is a good option for a testing server, though.
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