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    HD options at LiquidWeb

    Hi guys! I'm looking for some harddrive suggestions.

    I'm looking at a server at liquidweb and I'm settling in on a quad core, 4 gigs of ram server. My question is about the zillion harddrive options. The server will used for apache/mysql/cpanel.

    Space is not a big concern. I'm confident 36GB will do me fine (it also comes with a 120 SATA 2nd drive).
    Only reason I'd go with Raid 1 is for performance, not redundancy. I do automated backups hourly, and if I lost 1-2-3 hours of data it wouldn't be a big deal. So it's strickly performance.

    I believe that option #4 and #7 are my best bets. I just don't think there's enough performance boost in Raid 1 to justify $500-$800 extra a year. I'm also not sure how much boost 10k vs 15k vs 15k SAS is, but I'm assuming SAS is the way to go? Currently run about 150 queries a second on the DB, so I'd like the best bang for my buck on the harddrive options to give me some room to grow. Here's the break down of my options.

    Thanks for any help you might offer.

    Single Drive
    1. 74GB 10k Raptor $20.

    2. 36GB 10k SCSI 8mb cache $50
    3. 36GB 15k SCSI 8mb cache $60
    4. 36GB 15k SCSI 8mb cache (SAS) $80

    5. 73GB 10k SCSI 8mb cache $60
    6. 73GB 15k SCSI 8mb cache $70
    7. 73GB 15k SCSI 8mb cache (SAS) $90

    Raid 1
    8. Dual Hardware Raid 1 74GB 10k Raptor $80

    9. Dual Hardware Raid 1 36GB 10k SCSI $100
    10. Dual Hardware Raid 1 36GB 15k SCSI $120
    11. Dual Hardware Raid 1 36GB 15k SCSI (SAS) $140


    12. Dual Hardware Raid 1 73GB 10k SCSI $120
    13. Dual Hardware Raid 1 73GB 15k SCSI $140
    14. Dual Hardware Raid 1 73GB 15k SCSI (SAS) $160

    (And I'm sure that the single 15k SAS would crush the raid 1 74gb 10k raptors? Just want to make sure!)

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    Welcome to WHT, Helpful Dan!

    Well is budget an issue?

    If you are doing heavy database queries, I would go with 14, but if money is tight, go 7.

    The extra space is always good, it sucks to run out of space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FazeWire View Post
    Welcome to WHT, Helpful Dan!

    Well is budget an issue?

    If you are doing heavy database queries, I would go with 14, but if money is tight, go 7.

    The extra space is always good, it sucks to run out of space.
    Budget is an issue. For $70 more a month how much is the RAID 1 going to help performance wise? I'm having trouble finding SAS vs SAS Raid 1 benchmarks anywhere.

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    I don't personally know, have you talked with the sales team at LiquidWeb?
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    Did you consider a single SSD instead of a SAS Raid? If you only require speed and not redundancy a single SSD will probably boost your throughput quite nicely for less money than you spend on a Raid controller plus drives.
    Anandtech rates an Intel X25E at 3-13 times OLTP speed compared to classical SAS drives. http://it.anandtech.com/IT/showdoc.aspx?i=3532&p=13

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