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Build Your Own Linux Test Server, Setting Up Storage

Jun 23, 2011, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The biggest question you must answer before buying a bunch of disks is how you plan to use the machine. If you plan on using it as a virtual machine host, you will definitely benefit from having enough hard disks to configure using RAID (redundant array of independent disks) for speed and redundancy.

"The most efficient configuration for this application is by far RAID 5. You get both speed (data striping) and error correction (distributed parity) benefits while reducing capacity, at least in our particular configuration, down to three drives out of four.

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