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ServerWatch: Pogo Linux StorageWare 3800: An Affordable Terabyte

Apr 28, 2003, 11:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Logan Harbaugh)

"Rackmount servers are relatively common, and even servers preconfigured for Linux are easy to find today. So how does Pogo Linux distuinguish its rack-mount StorageWare 3800 from the rest of the crowd? By combining an affordable price with an expandable platform.

"The Pogo Linux StorageWare 3800 has the usual basics: a dual processor Xeon Super Micro X5DP8-GL motherboard with up to eight GB of RAM, a 40G boot disk, Red Hat Linux 8.0, two built-in 10/100 Ethernet connections, and dual power supplies in a 3u chassis. But it also has something unusual--in addition to the boot drive, the 3800 has eight 203.9G ATA hard drives attached to a 3Ware RAID controller in a RAID5 configuration, with a formatted capacity of a little over 1.2 terabytes (1.4 TB raw).

"With dual 2.4 GHz Xeons, two GB of RAM as tested, and 1.2 TB of storage, this system provides ample horsepower for all but the largest database applications, and includes both MySQL and PostgreSQL servers as well. Having over a terabyte in a 3u, $7,400 server is incredible, the more so recalling a one-terabyte storage system I built in 1996 that occupied three 84" racks and cost about $400,000, with less performance than the 3800..."

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