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March 29, 2010

OCZ Vertex 120GB: Updated Raid 0 Benchmarks Intel RST

Shortly after posting my last benchmarks on the dual OCZ Vertex 120GB in Raid 0 setup, I received an e-mail to try the new Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) drivers, which were supposed to enable TRIM in raid. These new drivers were released, taken down, then re-released in March 2010. The big improvement was supposed to be TRIM is enabled for Raid 0, 1, 10, but not enabled for Raid 5. Unfortuneately, this seems not to be working so the best that can be done is the background garbage collection in firmware v1.5 for OCZ’s Indilinx based SSDs. Since I am only working with two 120GB drives at the moment, I decided to give them a shot. Just for reference, the original [...]

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March 28, 2010

OCZ Vertex 120GB: Raid 0 Benchmarks and OCZ RMA Review

Here are bencmarks of the OCZ Vertex 120GB in Raid 0 with version 1.5 (v1.5) firmware. Also included is a note about OCZ's RMA Process
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March 22, 2010

The Big WHS: 8 File-Serving OS’s Virtualized in one 4U Server

Now that the Big WHS is stable, and I have a bit more storage capacity than I need, I decided that Windows Home Server running virtualized in a Hyper-V virtual machine is good, but I wanted to test out some of the free WHS alternatives. A quck listing of the NAS operating systems installed on the current box shows is:

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 hosting, using Hyper-V: Windows Home Server (My WHS VM) FreeNAS OpenFiler unRaid CentOS EON Ubuntu

A complete NAS: Hyper-V, WHS, Windows Server 2008 R2, CentOS, unRaid, Openfiler, Ubuntu, FreeNAS, EON all on one machine

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March 15, 2010

Testing the “limits” of WHS: 37 Drives = Fail

I had heard rumors of 32 drives being the limit, so I figured, why not? I had more than 32 1.5TB and 2TB disks in hot swap bays, and could easily handle the connectivity. Plus, since I am booting the new WHS from a VHD, I knew that WHS could mount VHD’s meaning I could somewhat quickly test 32+ disks with VHD’s and 32+ physical disks, and also virtualized and standard configurations. See the below picture for what this looks like:

Here are a bunch of VHD's in Hyper-V that were used for testing

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