Oct 17, 2009 by Paul White
Even though I will be running remote backups, I wanted to make sure I had a little more redundancy than just RAID 10 and remote backups. So I took it upon myself to figure out how to cram an extra hard drive into an already crowded Server. This 1U rack server already has 4 x 3.5" hard drives. Now lets see if we can cram a small laptop hard drive into this for a in the box backup storage medium.
Oct 16, 2009 by Paul White
I finally got my server setup properly and running the way 4 15K SAS
drives should in RAID 10. Thus far I am very happy with the HighPoint
RocketRaid 4310. The benchmarks tell all
Oct 14, 2009 by Paul White
I got my RocketRAid 4310 PCI-e x8 Card today. This was supposed to give me some excellent speed on my 4 15K SAS drives, allowing me to get this system quickly setup and colocated. Instead the server doesn't seem to like the card. Read more for the lastest on my Server Build.
Oct 4, 2009 by Paul White
When you go out of your way to build an awesome server, you demand performance. 4 SAS drives should perform better than a single SATA drive right? I thought so too. Not sure if I have something configured wrong, but I have gotten desperate enough to contact SuperMicro about this. Hopefully they will get back with me soon, as I was hoping to colocate this box by Nov, 1st 2009
Sep 25, 2009 by Paul White
If you are anything like me, that means you try to find used goods on ebay rather than buying new hardware from Dell or HP. So I think I scored pretty nicely with my $425 SuperMicro Server. That was until I ran a bench mark on it.
Sep 10, 2009 by Paul White
After some thinking about SSD hard drives, and looking for a logical reason to upgrade to them in my system, I have finally found the reason. Conservation is the name of the game.
Feb 19, 2009 by Paul White
In past blogs I have talked about the reason I decided to go with my Dual SAS drives instead of jumping to the newer SSD drives.The guys over at PC Perspective have published an article recently that basically backed up my theories. If you want to use your computer long term you are better off staying away from SSD drives for now.
Jan 30, 2009 by Paul White
Now that the server world is heavily adopting SATA drives and SAS drives for those who want extra performance, there are a lot of people wondering how this technology compares to the old IDE and SCSI drives. Time for some performance benchmarks to put this question to rest.
Jan 29, 2009 by Paul White
If you have ever run into the problem of buying or selling something on ebay, only to have it not work once it reaches it destination, you know the kind stress this creates. Basically the Dell Poweredge 1750 Server I had was not booting up, and would flash an orange / amber light on the front, and had no display, and no beeps. The solution was pretty simple, Reseat everything!
Dec 11, 2008 by Paul White
Fusion IO has a new SSD (solid state disk ). Except this one doesn't connect with your typical SATA or SAS connectors. This drive is card based. Thats right you mount it on one of your available PCIe slots (assuming you still have one available ). Since your PCIe slot can support up to 10 GB/sec transfers this is a huge jump in performance. While other manufactureres are trying to pack NAND flash memory into 2.5 and 3.5 inch packages. Fusion IO has skipped this step all together. After building my own workstation based on dual SAS drives in a RAID 0 configuration. I feel like my system has just depreciated overnight. For more specs click read