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.
Apr 12, 2010 by Paul White
I guess SSD drives have finally caught the eye of the joe average consumers, because the other day a client of mine called asking if they should upgrade to an SSD drive. So I went about explaining to him the difference between traditional platter based storage hard drives and SSD ( Solid State Drives ). Then I got to think that my explanation might be better suited for a blog entry. So here it is.
Feb 5, 2010 by Paul White
I knew I was going to make the switch to Windows 7, but I wanted to make a few upgrades before I did this. These upgrades included hot swap trays for my SATA drives, and extending my SAS RAID array from 2 drives to 4 drives. However this forced me to get a Dedicated RAID controller, as the ASUS board only supports two SAS drives. On this blog I will focus on the SAS RAID upgrade using the Adaptec 4805SAS RAID card and 4 x 15K RPM Fujitsu SAS Hard Drives.
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.
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 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.
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.