Running VMs from SSD, plater HDD mix advice?

Posted on 2013-10-14
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Last Modified: 2013-10-16
Hi guys,

I currently run a 4X 2TB RAID 5 set up on a Z68 chip-set for my home server and im finding it really slow. Im thinking about adding a 256GB SSD and moving the hyper-visor and OS disks there. Just keep the RAID disks for pure storage.

Server core running Hyper V
2012 server running Plex and Bitcasa, basically the media store.
SBS 2011, with 2 mailboxes and RWA, OWA ect. (May leave this on the RAID to keep redundancy)

Anyone running a hybrid setup like that?
Question by:liminal
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Raid 5 can be slow, ideally raid 10 will give better performance and redundance.
the ssd will help

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I agree, but I don't get as much storage out of my disks. Its a home set up so looking for bang for my buck.

The more I think about it the more I think the SDD as the OS/Hyper-visor disk, is the path to go down.

I really just wanted to see if anyone had experience with a similar set up.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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You will get improved performance.

But multiple spinldes can also make a vast improvement.
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Gary Case earned 750 total points
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I've set up several similar systems -- SSD for OS, RAID-5 for data.   This combination works very well.    Be sure you get a large enough SSD to hold everything you need to have on the OS disk, including any VM's you plan to run from there.

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