Hi storage gurus!
Hope you don't mind me asking this on-list, but I've gotten some very
helpful storage-related info from here in the past. I'm putting together a
server for a small group of developers; we have no real budget, so we're
trying to keep things cheap. Here's our hardware specs so far:
2x P3 700 MHz
512 MB RAM
2 Promise PCI ATA-133 controllers
3 Seagate 80 GB HDDs
This server is going to handle file sharing, e-mail, CVS, and a bug-tracking
database for us. Our project has some rather large files so we need a good
amount of storage space. I was planning to software RAID 5 the HDDs together
for a total of 160 GBs. I have been enjoying XFS on my workstation but I
know it has had problems with software RAID 5 in the past. Are these
problems fixed now?
We also considered trying to grab another 80 GB drive from somewhere and do
a RAID 0+1 (still giving us 160 GBs storage) but I don't know if Linux
software RAID handles this well.
Most of us run the -aa kernel tree on our workstations but I have no problem
running SGI CVS kernels on the server if they are reasonably stable. Any
input would be much appreciated :)