[rescue] Re: [SunHELP] Small RAID array setup

Joshua D. Boyd jdboyd at celestrion.celestrion.net
Thu Jun 26 14:05:19 CDT 2003

On Thu, Jun 26, 2003 at 02:49:53PM -0400, Phil Stracchino wrote:

> Actually, on most modern machines, software RAID will outperform most
> hardware RAID controllers I've seen.  Look at a typical hardware RAID
> controller, and the odds are it has something on the lines of an
> iAPX80186 on it.  Granted, a SparcClassic isn't the fastest processor
> out there (it's, what, a 50MHz sun4m?), but since by Shel's own
> statement of the problem he doesn't have the budget for hardware RAID,
> DiskSuite is what's available for him to work with.

I've seen MIPS, I've seen PowerPC, and I've even seen SPARC raid
controllers.   I've never seen one that was a 186.  Not saying they
don't exist, just that I doubt that is going to be common on surplus
equipment these days.

Myself, I'm watching this iSCSI stuff.  A cheap PPC machine doing
software raid over cheap IDE disks and serving over multiple gige links
would be fairly nice.  Especially if the drives are hot swappable.

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