[CentOS] RAID on Email Server
Luke S Crawford
lsc at prgmr.com
Tue Oct 21 00:43:26 UTC 2008
Guy Boisvert <boisvert.guy at videotron.ca> writes:
> Your %iowait seems high.
> I had %iowait comparable to you with a single 200 Gigs 7200 RPM IDE drive.
> Now we've upgraded this server: Opteron 2216 with 4 Gigs RAM, CentOS
> 64 v5.2) and an Adaptec 3405 plus 4 x 73 Gigs Seagate 15K RPM (RAID
> 10). No more %iowait! I benched it at about 140 MB/s and random r/w
> are very good on these drives.
Yeah. without dangerous write-back caching, as far as performance
(as opposed to space) goes, expensive SAS disks (or even the expensive 15K
sata disks) will get you a lot more than any amount of RAID on the cheap
7500RPM sata disks.
Really, once you have the 15K disks, I'm sure a mirror would be fine, if
73G is enough.
The new (and really expensive) solid-state flash drives are also really good
for reducing your iowait.
The other thing to check is vmstat- if you have lots of si and so, well,
your disk is slow 'cause you are swapping a lot. add more ram and the problem
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