Server Purchase -- RAID controllers ?

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I am getting a new
Windows 2012 R2 Dell PowerEdge
R630 server.

Looks PERC H330 should be OK for my plain 100 user "fileServer" per
http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/04/campaigns/dell-raid-controllers,
but has no Cache Memory Size and no Write Back Cache.

Does anyone have a different recommendation ?
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noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
That's a good controller for your needs. If you decide to go with usual HDDs then go on with it. According to this resource: http://www.storage-switzerland.com/Articles/Entries/2013/7/8_Sever_Side_Caching_vs._Raid_Controller_Caching.html the non cached controller is common for most environments.
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems Administrator
Commented:
if you are just using it for file services, might look at R430; R630 seems a little overkill just for this purpose
also a bit cheaper and not as powerful but still more than enough to support file services

http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/poweredge-r430/pd

the H330 is also fine for this server though how heavy of a workload do you anticipate?
if not too heavy then H330 should be fine otherwise you might want to look at H730 that has 1gb cache
IT Consultant
Top Expert 2010
Commented:
Get the H730. It costs more, but you will be glad you did. It is more reliable, more flexible, and MUCH better performance.

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