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    SSD Recommendations for a Dell 1955 Server

    As a result of my earlier webhostingtalk posting, RE: Hardware Recommendations for a high-end database server, I'd decided to move forward with evaluating the performance gains of upgrading my Dell 1955 Server SQL Server with a Solid State Drive (SSD).

    http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1035050

    My Dell 1955 is currently running 2x Intel X5355 Xeon Processor Quad-Core 2.66GHz 1333MHz FSB & 10K SAS 2.5" Hot Swap Drives.

    I'd like to upgrade to a 256 GIG SSD drive. As I know nothing about SSD vendors, I was wondering if anyone has feedback on the Axiom Memory line of SSD Drives, in particular, the following model: AXD-SSD25625E

    http://www.axiommemory.com/config/pr...SSD25625E.aspx

    This model is rated at:
    270 MB/s Read - Sequential Transfer MB/s @ 128K blocks
    260 MB/s Write - Sequential Transfer MB/s @ 128K blocks
    Random Read IOPS @ 4K blocks: up to 30K
    Random Write IOPS @ 4K blocks: up to 30K

    I've seen (new) prices for under $800 which seems good for a 256 GIG HD.

    Any feedback on the Axiom SSD drives, good or bad, would be greatly appreciated. Any other SSD vendors to consider?

    -WebManagerNY

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    I would avoid SSD right now. We have seen a failure rate of 25% using OCZ Vertex 2. Just RMAed another drive yesterday.

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    The only SSDs I've heard of with a consistent good rep are the Intel X25s and the Intel 320s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h4wk View Post
    I would avoid SSD right now. We have seen a failure rate of 25% using OCZ Vertex 2. Just RMAed another drive yesterday.
    As Sam mentioned, the Intel SSDs are the way to go. The X25-E is designed for servers, and it's well-regarded as a reliable SSD. A lot of people have been using the cheaper MLC-based X25-M in servers with success as well.

    The new Intel SSD 320 replaces the X25-M, and they added some additional reliability features. The press release about the new model specifically mentions that they're a good choice for server use. Given the track record of the X25-E, and Intel's blessing for server use for the 320, I'm about to order a batch myself.
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    Intel 510 Series 250GB ... check it out, new release, awesome speeds.
    I have an Intel 510 running on my home and work PC and its blazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGotzmann View Post
    Intel 510 Series 250GB ... check it out, new release, awesome speeds.
    I have an Intel 510 running on my home and work PC and its blazing.
    Just some notes to help people make a decision:

    Intel 510:
    • has higher throughput
    • uses a Marvell controller


    Intel 320:
    • has higher IOPS
    • uses Intel's controller


    http://www.storagereview.com/intel_ssd_510_review_250gb
    http://www.storagereview.com/intel_ssd_320_review_300gb
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    For servers, the Intel 320 is a better choice imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orien View Post
    For servers, the Intel 320 is a better choice imo.
    Thanks for feedback

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGotzmann View Post
    Intel 510 Series 250GB ... check it out, new release, awesome speeds.
    I have an Intel 510 running on my home and work PC and its blazing.
    Just wondering the usable space on a Intel 510 Series 250GB drive?

    -WebManagerNY

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    Isn't the 1955 a blade server?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skullbox View Post
    Isn't the 1955 a blade server?
    Yes, 1955 is a dell blade server, why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WebManagerNY View Post
    Yes, 1955 is a dell blade server, why?
    Blade servers!
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    Just ordered a bunch of Intel 510s. For me, the Intel reliability numbers nudged it out in favor of OCZ. I needed the 6GB/s interface. Going to put 8 of these into a 1 U JBOD and connect to dual mini-SAS to the machine for a MySQL cache.

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    WINNING.

    I love some blade servers.

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    Nothing but trouble with the Intel 510 SSDs. They do not work with either raid controller I've tried: LSI 9280-8e and Highpoint 2722. Drives continue to oscillate between registering at 3Gbps and 6Gbps. They frequently drop off the bus under Linux. I am sorely disappointed in these disks.

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    Update the firmware on the cards? Does not sound like a drive problem, but more like compatibility issue with those controller cards.

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    Upgraded the LSI to the latest, problems remained.

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    Stay away from OCZ SSD

    Quote Originally Posted by h4wk View Post
    I would avoid SSD right now. We have seen a failure rate of 25% using OCZ Vertex 2. Just RMAed another drive yesterday.
    We use Intel X25 - 60 SSDs no problem, 1 DOA unit

    Bought OCZ Vertex SSD's - 3 of them, 2 of those died and lost all the data!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmst View Post
    Upgraded the LSI to the latest, problems remained.
    Contact the support dept, LSI's dept kicks ass.. props to joseph infelise
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    Quote Originally Posted by h4wk View Post
    I would avoid SSD right now. We have seen a failure rate of 25% using OCZ Vertex 2. Just RMAed another drive yesterday.
    weird, using them for everyday drives? We've had probably 3 fail out of 50, but these servers do 99% reads and rarely write

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    +1 for Intel SSD only. 50+ drives here and no failures yet. Also Intel just increased the warranty from 3 to 5 years on the 320 series.

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    I would go with intel discs. They just announced that their 320 series and up just gotten bumped to 5 yrs warrenty. Thats actually quite a few reads/writes more than 3yrs

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmst View Post
    Nothing but trouble with the Intel 510 SSDs. They do not work with either raid controller I've tried: LSI 9280-8e and Highpoint 2722. Drives continue to oscillate between registering at 3Gbps and 6Gbps. They frequently drop off the bus under Linux. I am sorely disappointed in these disks.
    The 320 is what you want in a server. You can probably sell your 510 for a good price on the used market, since they're popular with PC enthusiasts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h4wk View Post
    I would avoid SSD right now. We have seen a failure rate of 25% using OCZ Vertex 2. Just RMAed another drive yesterday.
    Oh geez, we've just started using OCZ Vertex 2's in one of our servers.. Could you give a bit of info into what happened?? I.e. how long it took the drive to die, how much load the drive was under, etc etc.

    Would be very much appreciated!

    Cal

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