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Specs for new server! Opinions Please

Discussion in 'Performance Tuning for Hardware Configurations' started by FreshTrax, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. FreshTrax New Member

    I only have 5k so I am limited with my build but I am completely open to new ideas. This is my plan so far for a high availability database server.

    3x Adaptec Serial Attached SCSI 44300http://www.adaptec.com/en-US/products/sas/host/SAS-44300/

    6x Fujitsu MAX3073RC 74GB 15,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Hard Drive

    TYAN S2895UA2NRF Dual Socket 940 NVIDIA nForce4 Professional SSI EEB 3.5 Server Motherboard

    2X AMD Dual-Core Opteron 275 Italy 1000MHz HT 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket 940 Processor

    CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM ECC Registered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel

    I am going to take the drives and connect two to each adaptec scsi card configured in RAID 1.

    0/1 Operating System and SQL Binaries
    2/3 Databases
    4/5 Transaction Logs and Temp DB

    What are the pros and cons of this config and should I try something different. Thanks for your help.
  2. joechang New Member

    you don't need 3 SAS controllers for 6 drives,
    i would suggest dropping to the 36GB 15K drives,
    2 x 73GB 10K for OS, bin and temp
    2 x 73GB 10K for log
    4 x 36GB 15 for data

    then get 4x1GB mem even if you are on SQL Std Ed
  3. FreshTrax New Member

    After reading another post. I am thinking that maybe I only need to get one very nice RAID controller. Maybe something like this


    Or what controller would you recommend.
  4. FreshTrax New Member

    on the 4 x 36GB 15 for data is that RAID 5 or 10?
  5. joechang New Member

    i am inclined to recommend the LSI SAS controller,
    I had really bad experience with Adaptec SCSI RAID several years ago,
    they may have fixed these problems, but i have not revisited this

    i really don't bother with the RAID 5 vs 10 arguments
    if you have enough disks, this is a non-issue
    test it for yourself.
    one of these posts has my disk io test scripts
  6. FreshTrax New Member

    So should I get one LSI SAS controller? If so which one should I get. Thank you very much for you help. I really appreciate it.
  7. joechang New Member

    one of the megaraid, which are raid controller, while the other is a SAS HBA, analogous to a SCSI controller

    i think your system has PCI-X bus, not PCI-E, so get one with the PCI-X bus
    then pick the connectors

    never mind, it looks like all the LSI SAS RAID controllers are PCI-E,
    just get the adaptec and lets see how it goes
  8. FreshTrax New Member

    Sorry for all the questions which adaptec.

    This one for all the drives



    3 of the


    to segregate the drives.
  9. FreshTrax New Member

    Also what is your opinion of this PowerVault 220S/221S Dell Product. Does it have the speed and segregation to keep up for high database availability or is this more of a cheaper storage solution

  10. joechang New Member

    my inclination is to direct new purchases to SAS, not SCSI

    as i said above, 8 drives is not enough to worry about multiple adapters
    a single adapter is fine
  11. FreshTrax New Member

    Wanted to double check on the drives for the data.

    4 x 36GB 15 for data

    Is it adventageous to use 36gb drives? I was thinking 72gig. Or does it make any difference. Thanks again for all of your help. I really appreciate it.
  12. FreshTrax New Member

    Also forgot to ask. What brand of SAS disks would you recommend?

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