[Gllug] Server supplier for Linux mail server

- Tethys tethys at gmail.com
Mon Jul 17 16:27:32 UTC 2006

On 7/17/06, John Hearns <john.hearns at streamline-computing.com> wrote:

> I would go for a 4U Supermicro server.
> One of the models with the eight hot-swap drive bays in the front.
> Go for Sata or SAS drives, your choice.
> Configure two of the drives in a mirrored pair for the OS partitions.
> Add a six-port RAID card and configure the other six drives as RAID5
> plus hot spare.

Seconded. This is basically the configuration we're using for
production servers right now, except that:

1) They're 2U chassis, rather than 4U (still with 8 hot swap bays, though) [1]

2) The remaining 6 drives are RAID10 (which for my application is more
appropriate than RAID5)

We're using SATA drives, although with the number of failures we've
had, I'd be sorely tempted to go for SCSI were I to build another one.
Maybe it's an urban myth that SCSI drives are more reliable (or even,
different at all), but it seems to be the case in my experence. YMMV.


[1] http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/2U/825/SC825TQ-R700LPV.cfm
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