[CentOS] low end file server with h/w RAID - recommendations

Thu Nov 2 16:40:43 UTC 2017
Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu>

On Thu, November 2, 2017 11:21 am, hw wrote:
> Richard Zimmerman wrote:
>> hw wrote:
>>> Next question: you want RAID, how much storage do you need? Will 4 or 8
>>> 3.5" drives be enough (DO NOT GET crappy 2.5" drives - they're *much*
>>> more expensive than the 3.5" drives, and >smaller disk space. For the
>>> price of a 1TB 2.5", I can get at least a 4TB WD Red.
>> I will second Marks comments here. Yes, 2.5" drive enterprise drives
>> have been an issue. +1 for the WD Red drives, so far 3.5" w/ 2tb and 4tb
>> drives, ZERO issues. I've had good luck with HGST NAS drives too.
>> Unfortunately, that will come to an end soon (With WD owning HGST).
> Most servers can fit only 2.5" disks these days.  I keep wondering what
> everyone is doing about storage.

Ignoring existence of 2.5 inch, and getting rackmount machines with with
3.5 inch drives. Space wise (meaning GB wise) per U of rack they are at
the very least the same, only much cheaper per GB.

Just my $0.02


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Valeri Galtsev
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