RAID/NAS/DAS Question.

Rechenberg, Andrew ARechenberg at
Tue Apr 13 16:12:01 CDT 2004

First, how important is performance vs. reliability vs. manageability?

If you want easy manageability (from a hot-swap perspective as well as
transparency to the OS) then look at a couple of PERC cards with a
couple of PowerVault 220S attached to them.  The performance is not
going to be great and we've seen issues with the PERC cards and
PowerVaults on our Windows servers (drives dropping offline).  We had no
issues with the PERC cards and Linux other than performance.

If you want decent reliability with good/great performance, I recommend
throwing some Adaptec 39160s in a PE server and connecting them to a
couple (or 3 or 4) PV220S's and running Linux software RAID10.
Manageability is a little more difficult, but performance should be

> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-poweredge-admin at 
> [mailto:linux-poweredge-admin at] On Behalf Of Brent DiNicola
> Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 11:52 AM
> To: linux-poweredge at
> Subject: RAID/NAS/DAS Question.
> Slightly off subject but I wanted to get some valuable input 
> from the collective thinking power I know sees this list. I 
> have a need for some kind of RAID/NAS/DAS/SAN device about 
> 500 GB in size. I will be connecting this to a Linux server, 
> and sharing the data on this through NFS to various other 
> Linux servers here. What I need is to know what some good 
> options that you have used/seen. I know in the past the PERC 
> controllers have been said to not be top performers and some 
> say SoftwareRAID is the way to go. Do I just buy a DELLish 
> box with a PERC in it and set it up that way? Do I just get a 
> DELLish server and do Software.. or do I get a dell box with 
> some kind of external device attached? I need to get some 
> information so that I have something to investigate and 
> research various options and products. If you have ideas let 
> me know either directly or through the list. Thanks for any 
> help and information.
> Brent
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