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

Robert Heller heller at deepsoft.com
Thu Jan 7 15:25:30 UTC 2010


At Thu, 7 Jan 2010 09:30:17 -0500 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> wrote:

> 
> On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 9:27 AM, Karanbir Singh <mail-lists at karan.org> wrote:
> > On 01/06/2010 09:35 PM, Boris Epstein wrote:
> >> 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?

Generally 'spindle' == 'physical disk drive'.  

> 
> Boris.
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