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Hardware Thread, New SQL Server Check in Technical; Originally Posted by Duke Well the R510 will take 8 HDDs, and I figured if I've got 2 HDDs in ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke View Post
    Well the R510 will take 8 HDDs, and I figured if I've got 2 HDDs in RAID1 and 4 HDDs in RAID10, might as well make use of the extra two bays for redundancy. This assumes logs will either be on the OS drive or on the SAN, but one way or another I'm sure it'll be fine. The current server works okay, albeit slowly under load and all that's got is 10K drives in RAID5 with a partition for the OS and for SQL, so this is already a huge improvement.

    I'll have a play with the SAN and let you guys know if you want. The main disks are only 7.2k SATA but the flash accelerators give me better IOPS than most people are seeing from 15k SAS arrays. Take a look at the Sun S7000 stuff if you haven't already, gorgeous kit.

    Thanks for all the help and advice, much appreciated!
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    A good looking box there Duke, how many pennies did that set you back??

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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    A good looking box there Duke, how many pennies did that set you back??
    Just waiting on the final quote. The original spec came in at about 3.5k which I thought was pretty reasonable. Those upgrades and a few other bits will probably bring it to about 4k. Not cheap, but it's a solid box that'll handle all our SQL requirements for the foreseeable future and can be re-used as an ESX failover host when it's end of life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke View Post
    Just waiting on the final quote. The original spec came in at about 3.5k which I thought was pretty reasonable. Those upgrades and a few other bits will probably bring it to about 4k. Not cheap, but it's a solid box that'll handle all our SQL requirements for the foreseeable future and can be re-used as an ESX failover host when it's end of life.
    Yeah thats seems a resonable price I'd say for the kit you will have, shop around though, maybe ask the suppliers on here.

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    Ended up a couple of quid over 4k, can't argue with that! We're buying through CCS Media who have very rarely been beaten on price in our experience, very good service.

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    Tee hee, 16 cores of goodness and 16,500 disk IOPS, wheee!

    Thanks for all the help guys, I might actually install SQL on it one day instead of just messing around with it...

    EDIT: Er, not quite that many IOPS when I set up IOMeter properly...
    Last edited by Duke; 23rd March 2010 at 02:47 PM.

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