High End Storage Systems Compared proves your reads and writes can’t compare

by Rafael Hernandez on May 11, 2010 · 0 comments

Storage systems used to be the weakest link in a system lagging far behind processors and memory speeds which makes for quite the bottleneck when your CPU needs more data to crunch on.

PC Perspective is trying to figure out which of their high-end storage setups offer the best performance: A four drive RAID 5 1.8TB 10kRPM Western Digital VelociRaptor drive setup or a simple RAID0  512GB Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue SSD combination:

I was thus put in the same debate that is often the source of our podcast emails – do I choose a standard storage configuration or make the jump to solid state drives?  To be fair, our storage system is centered on a relatively high-end RAID card from Areca, the ARC-1230 that might be hard to find today.  It runs much faster and has a lot more options than integrated RAID controllers and includes 12 SATA ports which is helpful for testing various RAID configurations as it turns out.

A hefty amount of cash spent leads them to a rather useful conclusion.

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