Francois Dion francois.dion at gmail.com
Wed Dec 6 11:06:09 CST 2006

On 12/6/06, Mike <xa87n at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > If you're simply wanting to get experience of RAID5 and aren't *too*
> > bothered about performance there are probably some
> > older systems available on the internet, though depending on the age
> > of the system you may be looking at 36Gb disks so
> > you'd want 7 or 8 of those in a desktop multipack or similar.
> Performance is not critically important, mostly I need to have a couple
> of hundred GB available. So older systems are OK, with either built-in
> or extra PCI RAID host adapter.
> Mostly, it should be no more than few thousand $$, sparc, and without
> external storage. Older hardware is fine.

How much rack space do you have? Anyway, back to V240, yes it takes 4
drives, 146GB max each if under sun support but there are ways to go
higher. You mention that performance is not critically important, but
max space is. Does it need to be redundant?
You could also add something like an ST-D130 adding 3 more drives in
1U (i know you said no external, but you might want to consider a 1U

Why hardware raid, also? What are you going to run on this? zfs zraid1
with compression is really nice on those v240. BTW, sol 10 u4 will let
you configure zraid1 including boot disk (supported by sun - you can
actually do this on x86 hardware with solaris 10 u3 or solaris nevada
but it is unsupported). zfs compression has given me a serious
performance boost, except with oracle database, but that's because I
didn't match the zfs settings to the database and didn't have time to
play with this.


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