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

Fri Nov 3 08:19:10 UTC 2017
hw <hw at gc-24.de>

m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
> Valeri Galtsev wrote:
>> 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.
> Y'know, I just had a thought: are there folks here who, when they say
> "server", are *not* thinking of rackmount servers?

Does it matter?  19" cases are very well thought out, easy to work on
and fit nicely into the racks.  You can always use something else and
enjoy the disadvantages, but why would you.