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March 31, 2010


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you using that iops calculator spreadsheet to come up with those #s ? Since I think it defaults to 250 IOPS for 15k RPM, and 90 for SATA.

Is your RAID 5 there 3+1 ? I find the RAID6 numbers interesting, RAID6 isn't available in the IOPS spreadsheet I have just confirms I made a good choice by not going RAID 6 :) [running mostly RAID 5 2+1 with some 5+1]

XIV looks interesting but I lost interest fast when I saw it tops out at 180 disks, in this day & age 180 disks is not enough, even if you don't need it right away, having the system at least support say ~400+ disks is a nice cushion to have if your starting out on the smaller side.

marc farley

Hi Nate,

I don't think I used the same IOPS spreadsheet and I plugged lower values into the one I had simply because I wanted to post conservative estimates that people would easily agree with. Also, I'm fairly certain the RAID 5 is modeled after 3+1 Raid sets, but it was not spelled out. So this was not an attempt to be very precise - I was looking to publish good ballpark numbers that would help readers understand the larger effect of wide striping.

Yeah, the RAID 6 numbers are interesting. FWIW, I'm working on another post that shows the IOPS potential for arrays with storage tiering enabled.

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