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  1. I posted this on another forum but thought I may get more responses here. I need to find a high performance, external, raid capable storage array, that utilizes either Fiber, SCSI, or SAS 15k drives. This storage array will only be connected to one server and any HBA card required can be purchased. The array needs only to be capable of a maximum size of 2TB or so. Performance is probably one of the most important aspects we will be considering. To give you some idea of what I am looking for: http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/...ster/index.html http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/...1000/index.html http://www.infortrend.com/main/2_product/u12u-g4020.asp http://www.infortrend.com/main/2_product/u16u-g4020.asp Price needs to be sub $25k with drives, hopefully less than that. Does anyone have any recommendations for our needs? I am really trying to figure out if Fiber Channel will give us any kind of performance benefit in this specific scenario. We will not have multiple servers connected to it, we do not need long distance runs, and the 15 drive limit of each SCSI channel would not be a problem. With those Fiber channel benefits gone would there really be any kind of performance difference?
  2. aug1516

    i-RAM - changing my mind

    Are you certain that your audio work is maxing out your available memory? If it really is and you are hitting the pagefile hard then one of these would be a very good solution to your problem. You could just place the page file on this drive and you should see quite a performance increase. For many applications adding more physical memory is the solution but if your application is truly limited to 2GB then this would be worth a look.
  3. aug1516

    iSCSI, complete network upgrade

    So how exactly are you going to setup this iSCSI thing in relation to your TS? This is actually a topic I am very interested in and am still confused on how an iSCSI disk array will give you redundant terminal servers?
  4. aug1516

    iSCSI, complete network upgrade

    This is out of my experience but it seems to me like the iSCSI stuff will be expensive, complex, and may still not give you the uptime you are looking for. Instead of trying to find a solution to cover all your servers I would address each one individually and find the best way to maintain uptime with that particular server/application. For example, you can use Network Load Balancing with your terminal servers depending on how much data changes all the time on each one. There is actually software out there that will give you redundant exchange servers without the need for a SAN. Depending on the package purchased the failover can be automatic or manual. I'm guessing the web server could also just use NLB like the TS Servers. You may also want to look into Virtual Servers for some of these. We use Virtual Servers at my work and they are insanely easy to backup and very easy to get running again in the event of a failure. We use the Microsoft Virtual Server product but VMWare is also quite popular.
  5. aug1516

    Ultrium (LTO) tape question

    I don't think so. Older tapes are compatible with newer drives but not the other way around.
  6. aug1516

    FV cs iSCSI

    I'm guessing that with 7200rpm SATA drives the difference between the iSCSI and FC setups would be negligible. With that said, I would go ahead and get the iSCSI setup because I feel it would be easier to setup, maintain, and will eventually replace FC anyway. The cool thing about it is that in an emergency situation you can just connect it up to any server you want using the free Microsoft iSCSI initiator and a gigabit network. The performance will not be as good as dedicated HBA's and separate networks but the option is still there and a nice one to have IMO. The performance of the Microsoft iSCSI initiator is actually good enough that the vendors I have spoken with recommend you try using it first before purchasing HBA's and see where you CPU utilization is at.
  7. The Maxtor Atlas 15kII would be the better choice if you don't care about the extra capacity of the Raptor or the increased noise level. It has been quite a while since I have used a Raptor drive so I can't make an accurate statement about the noise levels of each drive but the difference may depend on your computer case. Some cases seem to do a great job of minimizing hard drive noise and in a case like that the differences between each drive may be a non issue. With other cases the hard drive noises are almost amplified in which case the Maxtor will likely be noticeably louder than the Raptor. I would personally not worry too much about the slower SCSI controller being that your Maxtor would rarely be transferring data at its full speed anyways.
  8. aug1516

    What HDD would you buy today?

    That question is not likely to help you out in your buying decisions without knowing with your own priorities are. Someone like myself will likely be purchasing a Raptor soon because I just need performance and do not care about space. Someone else may want maximum capacity and will get one of the newer 500GB models out by Hitachi or someone else. Another person may be interested in silent computing and would be looking at laptop drives or the quieter 3.5" drives without too much concern over performance or capacity. Then there are all the drives in between that don't excel in any particular area but may be a great all around drive. What are your specific areas of concern when it comes to this new hard drive purchase?
  9. aug1516

    FS: High-End SCSI

    Willing to take $60 each for the 18gb drives or $100 takes them both. 146gb model is now only $150 shipped.
  10. aug1516

    Two Adaptec HBAs on one machine

    So did you actually look in the cards bios and see if there was an option to disable it?
  11. aug1516

    FS: High-End SCSI

    Sold some more items. The following drives are left. Maxtor Atlas 15k 18gb 68-pin - $75 In warranty until 12/20/2008 Seagate 10k.6 146gb 80-pin w/ 68-pin adapter - $165 Factory recertified from hypermicro.com. PM/Email me about warranty info. Fujitsu MAS3184NP 18gb 15k 68-pin - $75 Unknown warranty status, MFG Date 2003-03 Would love to sell these remaining three without having to take them to ebay. Feel free to make offers.
  12. aug1516

    FS: High-End SCSI

    Well that really sucks. Here are my changes then. Maxtor Atlas 15k 18gb 68-pin - $75 In warranty until 12/20/2008 Seagate 10k.6 146gb 80-pin w/ 68-pin adapter - $165 Factory recertified from hypermicro.com. PM/Email me about warranty info. Fujitsu MAS3184NP 18gb 15k 68-pin - $75 Unknown warranty status, MFG Date 2003-03 Fujitsu MAS3367NP 36gb 15k 68-pin - $105 PENDING Unknown warranty status, MFG Date 2003-01 Fujitsu MAU3036NP 36gb 15k 68-pin - $140 PENDING Unknown warranty status, MFG Date 2005-03 Fujitsu MAU3036NP 36gb 15k 68-pin - $140 PENDING Unknown warranty status, MFG Date 2005-06 Fujitsu MAU3036NP 36gb 15k 68-pin - $140 PENDING Unknown warranty status, MFG Date 2005-06 LSI LSIU160 Single-Channel U160 PCI SCSI Card - SOLD Maxtor Atlas 15kII 36gb 68-pin - SOLD Adaptec 39160 Dual-Channel U160 PCI SCSI Card - SOLD Fujitsu MAU3036NP 36gb 15k 68-pin - SOLD
  13. aug1516

    FS: High-End SCSI

    Can someone please tell me how I edit a post? Two of the items are now sold and I have dropped prices on some of the others.
  14. aug1516

    Two Adaptec HBAs on one machine

    I don't know the exact setting you need to change but I can tell you that as long as you are not booting off the HBA, it does not need to run through it's bios to work. Window will automatically detect devices connected to it and they will function properly regardless. You might just need to disable the SCSI bios on the card, look for that option.
  15. aug1516

    FS: High-End SCSI

    Emailed you back.