Do you have any links or anything for cards that you suggest? I'm
just a start-up to low cost is very much a good thing here :) But then again, so
is having my cake and eating it as well!!
That's a fantastic idea about the PXE booting! The only thing
though, is that Dell supply their server with a minimum of a single HDD as
standard, so there would be no cost saving there. And also, all the servers
would have to be the same.
My idea is that if this was to work out properly, I would get
servers better than R210, as these are limited to 16GB of RAM max..
be worth considering a different raid card, even with simple raid 1 I did not
get proper raid 1 random read interleaving performance with an LSI 1068 based
controller (Assuming the 1078 is very similar), an IOP based Areca card behaved
properly (Only 30% improvement over single drive with LSI but 80% better with
Areca, simple Bonnie testing). I was using Centos 5.2 at the time (Integrated
you are feeling brave maybe a PXE boot could work to save the need for any
system drives on the nodes.
[mailto:xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jonathan
Sent: 08 June 2010 13:56
Subject: [Xen-users] My future
My future plan currently looks like this for my VPS hosting
solution, so any feedback would be appreciated:
Dell R210 Intel X3430 Quad Core 8GB RAM
Intel PT 1Gbps Server Dual Port NIC using linux
Small pair of HDDs for OS (Probably in RAID1)
Each node will run about 10 - 15 customer guests
Some Intel Quad Core Chip
LSI 8704EM2 RAID Controller (Think this controller does 3
Battery backup for the above RAID controller
4 X RAID10 Arrays (4 X 1.5TB disks per array, 16 disks in
Each RAID10 array will connect to 2 nodes (8 nodes per
Intel PT 1Gbps Quad port NIC using Linux bonding
Exposes 8 X 1.5GB iSCSI targets (each node will use one of
HP Procurve 1800-24G switch to create 1 X 4 port trunk (for
storage server), and 8 X 2 port trunk (for the nodes)
What you think? Any tips?
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