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  • Areca and Accusys

  • Shane Chadder

    March 8, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    Hi

    I’m putting together some 2gig fibre storage and wondering if anyone can share experience with either of these fibre to SATA controllers.

    Thanks

  • Priit Poldmaa

    March 8, 2006 at 8:43 pm

    We have Areca ARC-6060 fibre and SCSI version.
    What specific you like to know?

    Priit

  • Shane Chadder

    March 8, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    The specs sound great on that unit, are there any issues to watch out for? Is the battery backup needed if you use a ups? I’d be using it with Windows XP, 2gig fibre Atto 3322HBAs and 3400D hub.

    Thanks

  • Priit Poldmaa

    March 8, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    > The specs sound great on that unit, are there any issues to watch out for?

    To be onest I did expect more performance form ARC-6060.
    But isn’t it human nature to hope more than realistic.

    I have been bit lazy to test but seems, that our homebuilt SAN
    had less latency. ( 3ware controller and Pavitrasoft’s SAN software).
    Also there is one annoing issue that on writes in every few seconds
    the troughput is degraded for a moment. I think it is related to cache flush.
    If the bandwith is critical it might be an issue.

    As about reliability – no any problems during 4-5 months.
    The configuration is very good via web interface too.
    Have contacted support few times and they are very responsive.

    We don’t have BBU or UPS.
    When working with tapes it is not so critical.

    Priit

  • Shane Chadder

    March 9, 2006 at 2:19 am

    I assume the home grown SAN is running Mayastor? It sounds like a lot more work to setup, and I would think similar in price in the end by the time you buy the raid controller and Qlogic HBA plus the computer?

    Read throughput will be more of an issue than write speeds for our video editing though.

    Thanks for the info.

  • Priit Poldmaa

    March 9, 2006 at 8:52 am

    Yes, seting up the Mayastor was big task for me.
    Mayastor itself isn’t so much of work but compiling all the drivers etc. is bit time consuming.
    What I did like on Mayastor that there is lot of tweaks available.

    Priit

  • ErrolDC

    August 9, 2006 at 2:55 am

    I’m actually considering Mayastor. I had question in terms of who was actually using it and how satisfied they were. Can you tell me how much it cost you?
    I assume you are using 3ware for storage and point-to-point FC?
    What backup application and version are you using?

  • Priit Poldmaa

    August 9, 2006 at 1:22 pm

    > Can you tell me how much it cost you?
    We used only several demo versions at no cost.

    >I assume you are using 3ware for storage and point-to-point FC?
    Yes.

    > What backup application and version are you using?
    We made no backups as usually we have tapes in studio
    and project data (algorithm) was not on SAN.

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