Feb 21, 2013 by Paul White
I took a gamble and decided to try Highpoint's latest flagship Raid Card ( RocketRaid 4520 ) for my new web server. Naturally when I get a new piece of hardware I like to put it through some benchmarks to see if it really performs the way it should. When this combined with your Operating System's Buffering and Caching this card is Excellent, but when Direct I/O is tested is falls short. To make a long story short, the Rocketraid 4520 does not perform well for IOPS at 4K. I have already contacted HighPoint and they inferred that their engineering team is aware of this, and are working on a new firmware that should fix the issues.
Nov 19, 2010 by Paul White
So I finally have made the move to SSD. Unlike many who went with a single SSD drive I went with an SSD raid 0 Array. Using 3 OCZ Vertex 2 60 GB SSD drives, I setup a RAID 0 array on my ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard's built in Intel ICH10R SATA controller. The benchmarks were outstanding. Maybe I could have gotten a little better performance from using a dedicated RAID card, but 700 MB/sec read and write is good enough for me.
Nov 15, 2009 by Paul White
If you are thinking about getting a dedicated server with Godaddy because of their cheap prices, I understand. But how far will their server really take you? After dealing with performance issues with godaddy with another client, I build my own server and colocated it. Then I did some benchmarks comparing the two. Huge difference. Click read to see the bench marks.
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.
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 7, 2008 by Paul White
I finally got my new workstation up and running. I will post some photos of the actual unit soon. But for now I wanted to share these bench marks with everyone. No need to get a dedicated RAID card, the build in SAS RAID support from the ASUS P6T x58 motherboard gets the job done just fine.