Subject: Re: RAIDFrame in Production Use
To: Caffeinate The World <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Simon Burge <email@example.com>
Date: 04/11/2003 10:58:22
Caffeinate The World wrote:
> If you have experience in using RAIDFrame in production, I'd like to
> know what your thoughts are.
My main server at home uses RF. I don't know what your definition of
production is, but since I work at home having a stable box there is
pretty darn useful. I've used it on pmax, alpha and i386.
> I hear it is CPU intensive, how intensive is it?
I haven't noticed any specific CPU usage, but I've been working on the
principle that a mirroring is worth whatever price you have to pay.
Also, with a raid mirror you can get benefits with reads since you can
come off two spindles.
> What do you use for hot swappables with NetBSD? Any power down
I don't have any hot-swap carriers or anything fancy like that. I just
shut the box down when a disk fails.
> Which RAID do you use and for what application?
I've used raid5 in a past life, and have been using raid1 at home for
around 3 years. I had some IBM 45G deathstar disks, and I've been
_very_ happy that I've had RF mirrors. At a guess I'd say it's saved me
about 8 or so times in the last three years.
> Anyone using it on a database system like PostgreSQL or MySQL? Which
> RAID? What was it's performance with RAID added?
Can't help there.
In summary, I doubt I'll ever use a production box again without some
form of RAID mirroring, and I've been really happy with RAIDframe in the
time that I've been using it.
Simon Burge <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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