MD100 and 2650's
Mike P Moore
Mike.Moore at appliedbiosystems.com
Fri Jun 6 13:14:58 CDT 2008
If you have a 2650 already, the only option for hardware raid would be to
use the following card:
Adaptec 4800SAS - PCI-X (Not PCI-Express) SAS RAID adapter with 1 x4
External SAS connector
and 2 x4 internal SAS connectors. This controller support RAID 0, 1, 10,
5, 6, 50 and 60 plus some
other RAID options. It has 128 MB (small) of cache on the card.
This is the ONLY PCI-X SAS RAID controller that supports anything higher
than RAID-0/1 in hardware
that I have been able to find.
If software RAID is acceptable, you could use the following:
LSI SAS3800X SAS HBA - 2 x4 External SAS connectors, No internal
I've used these on PE SC1425's to connect up multiple MD1000's and I've
used MD software raid's
under CentOS 4.
There may be a few other options from both LSI Logic and Adaptec that have
of Internal/External SAS ports with support for RAID-0/1/10 if that is
what you are looking for. Here is a
chart from LSI Logic comparing various HBA's
If your 2850 has PCI-Express slots, then you could try using a PERC 5e/6e
your options would be the same as for the 2650.
Here's a few things I have found out over time.
If you can use a PERC 5e/6e, I'd recommend the PERC 6e with the largest
cache you can get
(512 MB I believe) as this will help with write performance.
Turn off any Read Ahead Caching in the PERC firmware for any volumes you
create as the read ahead
caching will compete with the write cache on the controller. For RAID 5,
you want as much write cache
on the controller as you can get.
It seems to help performance if you keep the RAID-5 stripes to 8 drives or
less. Reduces contention on
the spindles between the parity IO and the data IO.
PERC 5 controllers (don't know about PERC 6) can only support up to 8 RAID
5 stripe sets. I recently built
a 90 drive RAID 50 array and I had to use 8 x 11 Drive RAID 5 stripes
instead of the 11 x 8 drive stripes I
wanted to use.
Good Luck! And feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
Michael P. Moore
Senior Network Engineer
Applied Biosystems - High Throughput Discovery Division
Alan Bunch <alabun at udfc.com>
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06/06/2008 10:29 AM
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MD100 and 2650's
The goal is a large stack of disk for a disk to disk to take scheme. We
want to rsync the main datacenter disk to stack of disk at a remote site
and then backup to tape from there.
What would you use to connect a MD100 to a PE 2650 ?
It does not need to be Dell supported but is does need strong Centos 5
As an alternative I have a 2850 that might be available for this
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