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  • Hello
    I wonder if anyone can share some info on peformance of a iSCSI based storage (EQL PS6010) using SATA RAID 10 vs SAS 15K RAID 5?

    Thank you in advance :)
  • GijiGeorge -

    Here are some links to some documents that might help.

    PS6000XV – Performance Oriented 15,000 RPM SAS For more information:

    PS6000X – Balanced Performance and Capacity 10,000 RPM SAS For more information:

    PS6000E – Cost Effective SATA For more information:

  • Hi Lance
    Thank you for the info.

    Indeed SAS 15K (RAID 5) would perform faster than SATA (RAID 5). But I believe RAID 10 would elevate the performance of SATA array. I need some figures to validate that.

    In my scenario, 15x SAS 15K (RAID 10) would be too expensive and overkill.

  • This isn't a bad indicator. Takes a bit of playing with but will give you an idea.
    If you have any IOPS figures to hand, may be worth working out your scenario and testing this to see if it is worthwhile and to see if they come out accurately.
  • I don't know. So we tried the RAID 10 experiement as we were interested in the write improvement from raid 10.

    14 slow SATA drives in a disk group. (so 14 drives to play with)
    RAID 5 produced around 1000 IOPS average on 50% random writes - some testing periods showed as low as 800 IOPS but most testing periods showed above1000 and often thegiven testing period showed in the upper 1200's.

    Raid 10 - produced 750 IOPS average and much more consistantly. On the high side we would hit in the upper 800's for some testing periods and I don't think it ever went below 700 on the low side from some periods of testing.

    So what should we conclude from our test? I'm not entirely sure, but I will continue to build disk groups of raid 5 with as many spindles as I can throw at it.

    I am also not sure how my little test applies to the original question here. But we just completed the testing yesterday into this morning and I thought I would throw it out there,
  • Thank you all for the inputs.

    Based on the above info, to my surprise it seems RAID 10 does not offer any increase in performance!
  • "Thank you all for the inputs.

    Based on the above info, to my surprise it seems RAID 10 does not offer any increase in performance!
    It does, but you have to add at least couple of spindles. You can't cut the IOPS spindlecount in 1/2. is all which is what you do with raid 10, you only get 1/2 of the spindles in the disk group worth of IOPS. You get more consitant write speeds indeed. It is decieving becasuse most the time the data is written to controller cache too so on the back side it can wait for the write to actually occure while the server is on to other writes.

    My finding are contrary to popular wisdom on this, but we have tested and retested this on our MD3000i's.