> I think the danger about SATA is that many SATA components are not
> server quality, so you have to be more careful about what you buy.  For
> example, you can't just assume your SATA backplane has hot swap lights
> (got bit by this one myself, heh).

Yeah, that's my big problem with anything IDE.    My personal experience of 
failure rates for IDE drives, for example, is about 1 out of 10 fails in 
service before it's a year old; SCSI has been more like 1 out of 50.  

Also, while I've seen benchmarks like Escalade's, my real-world experience has 
been that the full bi-directional r/w of SCSI means that it takes 2 SATA 
drives to equal one SCSI drive in a heavy r/w application.   However, ODSL is 
all SCSI so I don't have any numbers to back that up.

But one of my clients needs a new docs server, so maybe I can give an Escalade 
a spin.

Josh Berkus
Aglio Database Solutions
San Francisco

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