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2nd May 2008, 03:08 PM #1
Currently I have 2x Fujitsu RX220's (Dual Opteron, Raid 1 250Gb SATA) installed by my predecessor around 5 years ago as our main file servers. One runs all the pupils file shares the other runs the staff file shares.
I need to replace both of these, the pupil server it bottle necking at the I/O level and the staff server is simply full.
At a minimum I want to replace like for like but with upgraded hardware. 500Gb+ storage, SAS RAID, hotplug drives, rack mounted.
Ideally though I'd prefer to go the SAN route, but its looking a lot more expensive than the beefy file server option.
I have around £5,000 for this.
So any suggestions as to what I should do?
2nd May 2008, 03:35 PM #2
£5k! I wish i had even close to that to replace 3 servers!
Anyway Dell always seem to be one of the cheapest for servers and you cant really knock them for build quality and service.
Remember that some of the tower cases can be rack mountable. "True" rack cases seem to add a fair amount onto the cost so this could save you a packet.
2nd May 2008, 03:36 PM #3
haven't checked the prices recently, but you can't go wrong with a Dell PE1950 or 2950....If you go with two of the less expensive 1950's you might have enough left over for a very cheap SAS or iSCSI external array. Although with a budget of £5000 it would be tight.
Originally Posted by Geoff
You could recreate you're current setup execept with x2 2950's with 4x 146gb SAS disks in a RAID 5 for user data on each, if you want to expand beyond 500gb go with SATA backplane option you'll get upwards of 750gb usable. If you don't need to price for backup software or scsi cards then you could come in under the 5k if you went with SATA.
2nd May 2008, 03:39 PM #4
HP 2012l SC Modular Smart Array c£2500
5 x HP MSA2 300Gb 15k SAS HDD c£2300
Openfiler on one of your old servers...
Just need to get a low latency switch between them et voila....
2nd May 2008, 03:51 PM #5
The new WD VelociRaptor 300GB drive looked interesting - SATA interface, but runs at 10,000rpm, costs less than 300GB SAS drives, is (seemingly) rated as "enterprise ready" (although I still reckon the whole point of buying an expensive hardware RAID controller is so things like harddrive failures don't matter). Might hit the perfect price/performance/capacity trade-off. Has a strange form-factor (is actually a 2.5" drive sunk into a 3.5" heat-sink) so you might have difficulty finding a hotswap tray to fit it.
Originally Posted by Geoff
2nd May 2008, 03:57 PM #6
I've stopped believing anything WD say when they add "Enterprise" to a product.
Originally Posted by dhicks
Currently running at a 75% failure rate of their 400GB raid edition drives in less than 3 years (I've had 3 of 4 die in 6 months). Other people have had the same problems.
Moved to Seagate again.
2nd May 2008, 04:05 PM #7
nearly 5k for a very basic smb iscsi array with just 5 sas disks
Originally Posted by Netman
That is absolutely terrible value for money, i take it that's list price in which case for education should be able to negotiate a good discount. But if you can't get that lot for less than 3.5k he'd be better off looking at alternative products to get more bang for buck.
2nd May 2008, 04:19 PM #8
Last edited by Geoff; 2nd May 2008 at 04:22 PM.
2nd May 2008, 04:41 PM #9
looks really solid and a fantastic price but what is the catch me thinks?
2nd May 2008, 04:43 PM #10
2nd May 2008, 05:17 PM #11
Geoff, our latest server we built cost ~£800 (without software)
It includes a £300 fully hardware HP broadcom network card, a hardware RAID5 card (without battery) 4 x 500GB SATA 300 7200 drives.
1.5TB storage, with I/O close to that of our dell poweredge with its 4 x 146gb scsi drives...
The dell cost £4500, about 3 years ago.
Im not suggesting you go for this, as this is our "option" on the budget we have, but im pointing out that we went for a specialized machine, which we built ourselves.
with a budget of even just 3 x this, you could go for a 2u / 4u multi processor machine (instead of multi core) with redundant PSU's, more RAM (ours has only 2gb, as its only a fileserver), 15k drives etc etc..
I would recommend you get just one machine at around £3k, that way you should have a spare W2k3 license + CAL'S, maybe to use as a virtual machine somewhere? and £2k in the bank
Last edited by greenfieldsupport; 2nd May 2008 at 05:33 PM.
2nd May 2008, 05:36 PM #12
Or if your happy with samba servers and not bothering with windows...
get 5 x what we got
one for each year group, Im sure that'll solve your bottleneck of a problem,
also you wouldnt go wrong with 7.5TB of storage
2nd May 2008, 06:55 PM #13
makes you wonder doesn't it ?
Originally Posted by bossman
that cost from the pcwb website is without disks, and as you've mentioned other upgrades will cost extra. You'd probably need an additional I/O module for FC multipathing. And a redundant controller if available.
The catch with the MSA1000 is that it's a little long in the tooth compared to other FC arrays, the entry level products from the likes of HDS, IBM and EMC get renewed every 3-4 years with brand new models....the MSA1000 advertised is atleast 4 years old, as indicated by the presence of 2gbps fiber ports, has been been kept refreshed mainly thru firmware updates.
IT's still a solid entry level array, can be configured through a CLI and is dirt cheap.
That bundle is great value...the hba's and the switch alone are probably worth the total price.
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