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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS, part II
PostPosted: September 19th, 2012, 5:12 pm 
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Well I can easily sustain 110+ MB/s (max for 1 Gbps) to/from other PC's across the same two switches running from the upstairs and downstairs sections of the house -- and -- my old NAS (Juggernaut mark I) had no issues either, so I'm sure the two switches in between (and the cabling) aren't a variable here.

One issue I did resolve was one of the NICs. When using iperf, I could never hit max on the dedicated NIC but always using the onboard. I set up link aggregation, but that didn't help much. Only when I dropped that NIC entirely and kept it to the onboard LAN did my speeds really improve in today's testing.

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PostPosted: September 19th, 2012, 9:21 pm 
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Openindiana + 5.4k WD green drives - 90+ writes, 120+ reads.

And that's before I virtualized it. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS, part II
PostPosted: September 20th, 2012, 12:01 am 
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cw823 wrote:
Openindiana + 5.4k WD green drives - 90+ writes, 120+ reads.

And that's before I virtualized it. ;)
Like I said before: I'm not going to even bother with OpenIndiana again.

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS, part II
PostPosted: September 20th, 2012, 5:58 am 
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I've moved past trying to change your mind straight to gloating. :lol:

Now that I'm virtual I think I'll start a how-to thread for others reference.

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS, part II
PostPosted: September 21st, 2012, 5:44 pm 
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Final update -- write speeds are up to par too now.

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS, part II
PostPosted: September 25th, 2012, 5:45 pm 
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Final, final update -- added pictures.

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS, part II
PostPosted: September 25th, 2012, 9:02 pm 
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I LOVE the PVC enclosure!!! But your not a good photographer!! What are you plugging the HD's into?? Is that like a cable from the RAID guys to split out 8 sata cables?

I been looking at the Sans Digital TowerRAID TR8M+B - 8 Bay eSATA RAID 0/1/10/5/JBOD Performance Tower with 6G PCIe Card (Black) it comes with the ePCI card and seems a bit cheaper than $300 for just your RAID cards.

hmmmm.......much thinking to do


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PostPosted: September 26th, 2012, 5:48 am 
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blindguy wrote:
I LOVE the PVC enclosure!!! But your not a good photographer!! What are you plugging the HD's into?? Is that like a cable from the RAID guys to split out 8 sata cables?

I been looking at the Sans Digital TowerRAID TR8M+B - 8 Bay eSATA RAID 0/1/10/5/JBOD Performance Tower with 6G PCIe Card (Black) it comes with the ePCI card and seems a bit cheaper than $300 for just your RAID cards.

hmmmm.......much thinking to do


IBM M1015 can be had for around $70-$80 on ebay and should support about any OS that you choose for your NAS. Yes, he has SAS to SATA breakout cables that are super long so they make it to his drive "enclosure"

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS, part II
PostPosted: September 26th, 2012, 9:29 am 
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blindguy wrote:
I LOVE the PVC enclosure!!!
Thanks!


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But your not a good photographer!! What are you plugging the HD's into?? Is that like a cable from the RAID guys to split out 8 sata cables?
It's a miniSAS-to-4 SATA (8087) cable. This is the specific one I bought: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115064


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I been looking at the Sans Digital TowerRAID TR8M+B - 8 Bay eSATA RAID 0/1/10/5/JBOD Performance Tower with 6G PCIe Card (Black) it comes with the ePCI card and seems a bit cheaper than $300 for just your RAID cards.
I spent $270 for the cards, total. They were on sale at Provantage for $135 each, although out of stock now.

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2008 Uio SAS with RAID-0 1 1e 8-In   2    $134.56

Also keep in mind that you will be forced to use the built-in RAID and drive management that comes with the enclosure if you use that. I wanted the benefits of ZFS and to manage the drives individually (including expanding the pool/array when needed), you'd have to put the enclosure in JBOD mode (just a bunch of drives).

In JBOD mode, now you're suddenly talking to each drive individually over a single 1x PCIe channel which is 500 MB/s (that card only does PCIe 1x and assuming PCI-Express v2.0). With 8 drives each taking their share, you're talking about reducing performance to 63 MB/s... and that's before RAID or network overhead.

This is the EXACT problem I had with my enclosures I mentioned in the first post ... and the exact reason why I ditched them in favor of controller cards. ;)


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IBM M1015 can be had for around $70-$80 on ebay and should support about any OS that you choose for your NAS. Yes, he has SAS to SATA breakout cables that are super long so they make it to his drive "enclosure"
I wasn't interested in any secondhand parts. I prefer all my parts to be new with a factory (or at least retailer) warranty. I'm really happy with the performance and usability of the parts I chose and their cost is competitive with the part you've recommended. I'm a big fan of Intel and IBM OEM parts and have nothing against them, but in this case, I went with something tried and tested with FreeNAS 8 specifically.

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 Post subject: Re: My new NAS, part II
PostPosted: September 29th, 2012, 12:05 am 
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I was using freeNAS originally but switched to DROBO FS a while ago. How do you rate Drobo as a solution for a media server? Are there any tweaks I can look into to enhance performance or should I think about going back to FreeNAS?


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