File Server: Will this do the job?
Posted on 2005-04-11
We are about to ramp up some business and we need to add some storage servers to our company. We process data for our clients. Our processing application resides on approximately 100 processing computers. They grab the files to process from the current file server which is about 1 TB. It is a Dell dual processor w/ 4gb of RAM Windows 2003 Server Standard. The 1 TB is an attached DAS unit.---SCSI
The units we are looking at adding are 4.8 TB servers with Windows 2003 Server as well Dual Processor 4 GB RAM. We wanted to have multiple of these types of units as file servers where we could dedicate one unit to larger clients. We were looking at 4 of these units with 4.8 TB. I know this sounds like overkill but we expect to get a lot of data and we won't be able to get the jobs unless the new clients think we can handle it. Presentation is everything.
Anyway, these units are 3U's with 12 400 GB SATA drives. We were going to setup RAID 5.
How is this setup going to compare to getting one big unit with say 12 TB rather than several smaller ones like the above example. We liked having multiple units that we could also double up as an extra SQL Server and in case another unit is ever down. We don't want to have all of our eggs in one basket.
Also, is the SATA going to give us the performance we need.
Please let me know if we are doing something crazy.