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24TB RAID6 Server- great MLServer Platform!

Postby ghadlock » Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:09 pm

I recently built a new server to house my media and I'm also using it as a platform for MLServer- the chassis holds up to 24 SATA-II drives (4RU with redundant 900W power supplies) and 2 internal drives. I'm using 16 1TB drives in a RAID6 configuration today for 14TB of useable space and 2 internal drives in RAID1 (mirrored) configuration for the OS. Also have a Quad-Core XEON and 8GB of RAM so the system supports a LARGE content collection and a large MLServer configuration with great performance (the RAID array reads and writes at around 4.8Gpbs!)

I'm running Windows 2003 X64 Enterprise, and will soon upgrade to Windows 2008 Server. Incidentally, if you attend the FREE Microsoft 2008 Product Release Conference, you get Windows 2008 Server, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008 all for FREE and the conference is free too! You can register here:

http://www.microsoft.com/heroeshappenhe ... fault.mspx

Anyhow, here's the part list and if anyone is interested in purchasing I can give you the sales rep contact information where I found the best pricing and also a few "tips" on the system build.

http://www.hadlock.org/files/ServerConfig.xls

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Postby ccharmatz » Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:34 am

Looks like a nice configuration there mr. Greg.

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Postby gregoryx » Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:21 pm

FANCY! Looks like fun.

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Postby ghadlock » Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:38 am

As an update on the Microsoft conference, I went to the session in Denver today. In addition to Server 2008, SQL 2008, and Visual Studio 2008 you also receive a free copy of Windows Vista ULTIMATE with SP1. The presentations and demos are great too...certainly worth a half-day if you can attend when they visit your area.

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Postby sfreiman » Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:21 am

Super config! Approx how much did it run to put this together?

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Postby ghadlock » Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:53 pm

At a high level, the main components were:

24-drive case: $1,000
Motherboard: $500
Areca 1280 RAID Controller: $1,100
Hard Drives: $250 each (for 16 x 1TB)

The drives have come down a bit in price and now are around $200 each, so I invested about $6,600, $4,000 of that was in hard drives that would now be around $3,200. Of course, with this config you can start with the base setup (case, motherboard, RAID controller) for around $2,600 and just add the hard drives as you need additional capacity (with online capacity expansion) and you should be able to grow for years to come. In my case I have 8 drive slots still open and I'll either add more 1TB drives, or use the 8 slots to build another array using 2TB or 3TB drives when they become available, move everything over, and continue growing on the new array and "retire" the 1TB drives...

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Love your setup!

Postby maik » Sat May 24, 2008 10:04 pm

Love your set up! I have a question. I just ordered a 16 hotswap server case and a 16channel Raid card and 4-1TB drives to start. I want to rip all my DVD's to the server including my Blu-Ray discs, so he question is what format should I rip them to future proof this? ISO or VTS folder??

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Postby ccharmatz » Sun May 25, 2008 7:46 am

Which case and card did you go with?

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Postby maik » Mon May 26, 2008 3:45 pm

CHENBRO RM 4U STORAGE RACKMOUNT RM41416 SATAII SAS BP 700W PS 16*HDD TRAY
http://www.chenbro.com/corporatesite/products_detail.php?serno=41
and
HIGHPOINT SATA II ROCKETRAID 2340 PCI-E 16CHANNEL X8 ROHS
http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA/rr2340.htm
I am starting with 4 - Seagate Barracuda 1TB drives, and add more as I need them.
Hope to run FREENAS same as my small NAS 4-500GB drives= 1.3TB. It's now FULL.

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