[CentOS] [OT] 8-15 TB storage: any recommendations?

William Warren hescominsoon at emmanuelcomputerconsulting.com
Thu Jan 7 15:10:40 UTC 2010


On 1/7/2010 9:30 AM, Boris Epstein wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 9:27 AM, Karanbir Singh<mail-lists at karan.org>  wrote:
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>> On 01/06/2010 09:35 PM, Boris Epstein wrote:
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>>> Hello everyone,
>>>
>>> This is not directly related to CentOS but still: we are trying to set
>>> up some storage servers to run under Linux - most likely CentOS. The
>>> storage volume would be in the range specified: 8-15 TB. Any
>>> recommendations as far as hardware?
>>>        
>>
>> I would recommend dont-homebrew. Get a vendor to build you a 3/4U box,
>> get a couple of quad core cpu's in, and enough ram to do you in-use
>> buffers. Also dont go over 1 TiB in storage per spindle if you want to
>> get even relatively reasonable performance ( even when in use as a filer
>> box ).
>>
>> Not long back, I had the chance to do some performance metrics on a dual
>> Areca-16xx hosted 24x1TiB disk setup - and we tested it for various
>> loads, running CentOS-5.4/x86_64 and it consistently outperformed the
>> sun thumper box's, coming in about 1/4th the price.
>>
>> The other thing to keep in mind is to estimate and prove the cpu
>> processing capability and network capability you are going to need out
>> of this machine and dont skim on that. Dont just get overly focused on
>> just the hba and disk metrics.
>>
>> - KB
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> KB, thanks. When you say "dont go over 1 TiB in storage per spindle"
> what are you referring to as spindle?
>
> Boris.
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