large filesystem & fileserver architecture issues.

Mitchel Kagawa mitchel at
Tue Aug 5 15:11:58 EDT 2003

I have 2 IDE RAID boxes from AC&C ( They are not true
NFS boxes, rather they connect to a cheap $1500 server via a scsi-3 cable.
Although they do offer a NFS box that will turn one of these arrays into a
standalone.  We have had great success with these units
( .  We first
acquired the 8 slot chassis 2 years ago and filled it with 8 IBM 120GXP's.
We have set it up in a RAID-5 configuration and have not yet had to replace
even one of the drives (Knockin on wood).  After a year we picked up the
14slot chassis and filled it with 160 maxtor drives and it has performed
flawless...  I think we paig about $4000 for the 14 slot chassis. you can
add 14 160 gb seagates for $129 from and and a cheap fileserver
for $1500 and you got about 2TB of storage for around $7000

Mitchel Kagawa

----- Original Message -----
From: "Nicholas Henke" <henken at>
To: "Michael T. Prinkey" <mprinkey at>
Cc: <beowulf at>
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 5:47 AM
Subject: Re: large filesystem & fileserver architecture issues.

> On Tue, 2003-08-05 at 11:45, Michael T. Prinkey wrote:
> > On 4 Aug 2003, Nicholas Henke wrote:
> >
> > We have a lot of experience with IDE RAID arrays at client sites.  The
> > lab in Morgantown, WV has about 4 TBs of IDE RAID that we built for
> > The performance is quite good (840 GBs, 140 MB/sec read, 80 MB/sec
> > and the price is hard to beat.  The raid array that serves home
> > directories to their clusters and workstations is backed up nightly to a
> > second raid server, similarly to your system.  To speed things along we
> > installed an extra gigabit card in the primary and backup servers and
> > connected the two directly.  The nightly backup (cp -auf via NFS) of 410
> > GBs take just over an hour using the dedicated gbit link.  Rsync would
> > probably be faster.  Without the shortcircuit gigabit link, it used to
> > four or five times longer and seriously impact NFS performance for the
> > rest of the systems on the LAN.
> >
> > Hope this helps.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Mike Prinkey
> > Aeolus Research, Inc.
> Definately does -- can you recommend hardware for the IDE RAID, or list
> what you guys have used ?
> Nic
> --
> Nicholas Henke
> Penguin Herder & Linux Cluster System Programmer
> Liniac Project - Univ. of Pennsylvania
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