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

Christopher Chan christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Tue Jan 12 04:35:05 UTC 2010

Keith Keller wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 08:07:17AM +0800, Christopher Chan wrote:
>> I see that the Areca driver has finally made it into the mainline Linux 
>> kernel. But I wonder how things have improved from this particular case.
>> http://notemagnet.blogspot.com/2008/08/linux-disk-failures-areca-is-not-so.html
> I can't speak to this, except to point out that it is almost 18 months
> old, which is quite a long time in kernel development space.

Which is why I am asking.

> With the right incantation, one can call smartctl directly on a drive
> connected to a 3ware controller, no matter what kind of array it is in.
> (I believe you can even call it on a drive assigned as a hot spare.)

Which is why I specifically said 'performance wise' as respects 3ware. I 
don't remember anything bad about 3ware stability wise or monitoring wise.

>> Any comments? With 3ware lately not looking so good from comments I have 
>> heard on the list over the past few years performance wise, I wonder how 
>> Adaptec and Areca look now?
> I've run an exclusively 3ware shop since I ditched my last aacraid
> machines a few years back.  But with all their issues, I am definitely
> considering trying Areca on my next server that's not planned to be
> immediately mission-critical.  (I wouldn't switch back to Adaptec unless
> I knew their interface tools, and especially their cli, had improved
> dramatically; the aaccli/afacli interfaces were simply atrocious.)

What issues are you having with 3ware?

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