[Centos] Promise raid cards - software raid
hescominsoon at emmanuelcomputerconsulting.com
Thu Nov 4 20:04:58 UTC 2004
In my limited experience with linux(i have a firewall using ext3
and a small file server using ext3) power failures have not
negatively impacted the file system. The only thing i did wrong
was forcing fsck which corrupted things into an unrecoverable state.
> Hello, Terrence.
> Thank you for this sharing.
> It is very sad that these cards don't provide cache flush in case of
> power failure, because it's the main difference I thought between
> software raid and hardware raid.
> Some people told me that software raid was dangerous because of that
> fact (no battery when power fails), and hardware raid would solve this
> problem. In this case, to me there is no main advantage to use hardware
> Then, I am quite interested be anyone having any experience with
> software raid power failures with ext3. Does the filesystem crash often
> ? And is it severe ?
> Thanks in advance to all,
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Terrence Martin <mailto:tmartin at physics.ucsd.edu>
> *Cc:* CentOS at caosity.org <mailto:CentOS at caosity.org>
> *Sent:* Thursday, November 04, 2004 7:47 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [Centos] Promise raid cards
> Those cards have no battery backup. When the power goes they are off,
> any cached data is gone. However a power failure in my experience is
> a problem, or at least not more of a problem than is to be expected
> ATA disks.
> ATA Disk all suffer from write back caching problem. That is you never
> really know if data is written to disk. Today many of your ATA drives
> are coming with 8MB of cache. That is 8MB of data that could be sitting
> in volatile RAM in the event of a power failure. Even a card with a
> battery backup will not help you because the disks themselves may hold
> some important data. If this is a concern get SCSI or a good UPS with a
> shutdown procedure.
> You can of course mitigate file system corruption but not data loss
> a good journaled FS. We prefer XFS for anything over 100GB and we run
> into the 10's of Terabytes on some systems.
> If you system is transaction based (database server) you almost
> certainly want a UPS on the whole thing with at least 5-10 minutes,
> preferably 20 minutes of battery life. That should give you time to
> your disks and shut the system down hopefully. You will want to test
> this of course.
> dan1 wrote:
> > Thank you, Ajay.
> > That's useful to me.
> > And do you know if the 3ware ATA raid card (7006-2 or 7506-4LP I
> > suppose) flushes the disks in case of power failure or do they just
> > forget the buffered datas so that the filesystem crashes
> afterwards ?
> > (i.e. do they have a capacitor to hold the datas up to the moment
> > are all written). I will have a remote reboot (power failure like)
> > that I might use quite often and I know this is no problems with
> > filesystem on 1 IDE disk only (I made some tests), but is it the
> > reliability with this 3ware raid card for power failures ?
> > Thanks a lot for sharing your experience !
> > Daniel
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > *From:* Ajay Sharma <mailto:ssharma at revsharecorp.com>
> > *To:* dan1 <mailto:dan1 at edenpics.com>
> > *Cc:* CentOS at caosity.org <mailto:CentOS at caosity.org>
> <mailto:CentOS at caosity.org>
> > *Sent:* Thursday, November 04, 2004 5:58 PM
> > *Subject:* Re: [Centos] Promise raid cards
> > dan1 wrote:
> > > I would like to know if promise RAID cards are compatible with
> > CentOS /
> > > RHEL ?
> > > I have seen that only SATA is supported on the RHEL hardware
> > > compatibility list. The other ATA raid cards seems not to be
> > compatible.
> > > They give source code and promise grants compatibility with
> > RedHat 8 and
> > > 9 but not RHEL.
> > >
> > > I would like to know if somebody tried a ATA raid card like
> > Fasttrack
> > > TX2000, SX4000, Fasttrack 100 TX2, etc..
> > > If you could share me your experience it would be great.
> > >
> > > My provider says that he had some bad experiences about that
> > cards and
> > > he doesn't allow me to use CentOS on his promise cards he
> > > (only), so I cannot have RAID on my server... it's a shame..
> > I haven't checked recently, but the last time I played with any
> > promise
> > controller it was a train wreck. I then picked up a 3ware ATA
> > RAID card
> > and never looked back. It's well supported as the drivers
> are in the
> > main kernel tree since 2.4. So you install your drives,
> setup the
> > ATA
> > raid array in the 3ware bios and when you boot up it's
> detected as a
> > SCSI device. It's the easiest solution out there, so IMO,
> it's well
> > worth the extra money.
> > --Ajay
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