On Apr 25, 2006, at 5:09 PM, Ron Peacetree wrote:
> ...and even if you do buy Intel, =DON"T= buy Dell unless you like
> causing trouble for yourself.
> Bad experiences with Dell in general and their poor PERC RAID
> controllers in specific are all over this and other DB forums.
I don't think that their current controllers suck like their older
ones did. That's what you'll read about in the archives -- the old
stuff. Eg, the 1850's embedded RAID controller really flies, but it
only works with the internal disks. I can't comment on the external
array controller for the 1850, but I cannot imagine it being any slower.
And personally, I've not experienced any major problems aside from
two bad PE1550's 4 years ago. And I have currently about 15 Dell
servers running 24x7x365 doing various tasks, including postgres.
However, my *big* databases always go on dual opteron boxes. my
current favorite is the SunFire X4100 with an external RAID.
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