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Re: Anyone familiar with Apple Xserve RAID

From: Andrew Rawnsley <ronz(at)ravensfield(dot)com>
To: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Anyone familiar with Apple Xserve RAID
Date: 2004-08-26 12:07:42
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Just starting to work with one now, so I'll let people know what I 
find. There has been
some talk that the XServe RAID seems more optimized for streaming 
applications rather than
heavy random-access type applications, which really wouldn't surprise 
me given where they
probably expect to sell most of them (music/film). They gave us a very 
good price break, as
we are in an industry they wanted exposure in (financial services). If 
you want a pile of
storage at a good price point, its certainly worth considering.

The unit itself is built very well, and the admin tools are very good 
(OS X only, though). It and the
cards that come in the XServes use copper SFP cables/connections, which 
is good or
bad depending upon you're point of view. The switch Apple sells off of 
their web site
is a Vixel (recently bought by Emulex).

I have XServes hooked up at the moment, which work fine. My production 
DB machine
is a slackware box, which has tested out fine in initial tests with a 
QLogic HBA and the stock in-kernel
drivers. They're also 'certified' to work with Emulex cards, but IIRC 
Emulex doesn't do copper.
Emulex did open-source their driver code last year (right after I had 
to change an client's install
from my beloved Slack to RHAS because Emulex only had version-specific 

More as it happens.

On Aug 25, 2004, at 6:52 PM, Doug McNaught wrote:

> Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com> writes:
>> Robert,
>>> Just curious if folks have ever used this for a postgresql server 
>>> and if
>>> they used it with OSX/BSD/Linux. Even if you haven't used it, if you
>>> know of something comparable I'd be interested.  TIA
> \> Last I checked Apple was still shipping the XServes with SATA drives
>> and a PROMISE controller, both very consumer-grade (and not
>> server-grade) hardware.  I can't recommend the XServe as a database
>> platform.  SCSI still makes a difference for databases, more because
>> of the controllers than anything else.
> The XServe RAID is fibre-channel.
> -Doug
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Andrew Rawnsley
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