[DRBD-user] Recommended Hardware
brown at esteem.com
Fri Feb 22 18:10:07 CET 2008
On Fri, 2008-02-22 at 07:48 +0100, Marcel Prisi wrote:
> Hi again,
> Seeing the overwhelming success of my thread, I should maybe ask the
> other way ...
> Is there some hardware, particularly RAID/ethernet cards, that is NOT
> working well ?
> Le mardi 19 février 2008 à 14:47 +0100, Marcel Prisi a écrit :
> > Hi,
> > I need to setup a new DRBD NFS Cluster, and am looking for the best
> > hardware at a reasonable price.
> > The cluster will be used for a load-balanced website, and will store
> > Maildir style user data and lots of small cache files.
> > 200-400Gb of disk size will be enough.
> > We currently have a cluster running on a pair of IBM xservers with RAID1
> > 10k SAS disks, linux software raid and LVM ... works perfectly well, but
> > not the fastest around.
> > What RAID controller is known to work well ? Or what controller is known
> > to have troubles ?
Well, I can tell you that piecing together your own servers does not
work well. Even with an Asus mobo. Our home grown file servers are
failing. I am not the one who put them together and was not the one who
decided to build them from scratch. They will be replaced by Dell
PowerEdge SC1435 servers.
The reason I want to go with Dell is because we aquired a few Dell
servers about two and half years ago. Two of them are running our mail
servers with a drbd/heartbeat configuration. They have been going strong
for us for over two years and they are eight year old servers. They also
have an uptime of 390 days. I took them down once when I did an upgrade.
We aquired about 10 Dell servers total. I put Debian Etch on all of
them. They all had a hardware raid. I had problems getting raid to work
on most of the servers. I tried using the hardware and software raid.
However, the raid on the mails servers worked without a problem.
The network cards on these old Dell servers have been working great
without any problems. However, they are old servers so they only have
We also have our firewall running on a small Dell server. No problems
with it either.
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