Originally Posted by ShagMan
Take your pick of the SiL3114-based controllers. Don't spend time on it Tom, I've decided to go with a hardware RAID-based solution instead, I'm just not comfortable with the linux/software approach, and I also wanted the flexibility of RAID levels and migration between them.
May the rest of us then ask then.... we need to alleviate the PCI bottleneck! Allow us to throw some hardware at the problem. We need PCI-E, 2 ports min, 4-8 ports preferable, like the Promise EX8350, the RocketRAID 2320 ,Highpoint RR2322, Tempo SATA E4i or perhaps the Intel SRCSAS144E; not all of them are XOR cards I'd imagine. Maybe we can start with a SIIG 2 port SATA II PCI Express Controller Card w/ a supported MB that has 4 PCI-e slots and 4 on-MB SATA ports, we should be running full steam I'd imagine.
Other needy speedups:
1. speeding up simultaneous read/write (which I know you will issue a patch for shortly).
2. speeding up the formatting/clearing, etc., process.
3. giving us alternative transfer schemes (e.g., TCP-NFS, RSYNC and (my true love : iSCSI)), since some clients are just abysmal with SMB (do you hear me PixelMagic
). NFS will do for a while I guess.
I would like to add to the spectators out there, that some of us have built 12 drive rigs out of Unraid and they work very well, esp once you have the media all loaded. The Unraid totally dwarfs the capabilities of traditional hardware based raid 5, both in recovery flexibility and online expansion.