Which disks to choose for your configurations ?
Please accept our experience:
A 2.5” 10.000 rpm is faster than a 3.5” 15.000 rpm. A 7200 rpm 2.5” is faster than a 10.000 rpm 3.5”. Etc.
We predicted for two years that someday the price per TB of 2.5” disks would be the same or lower that their 3.5” equivalents. That is finally happening now!
So up to 1 TB in SATA-II you can choose the 5900 rpm versions in 2.5” to replace the 3.5” 7200 rpm versions, or the 7200 rpm versions to replace the 10.000 rpms in 3.5”. etc.
AND that will give you the same bandwidth, but better AAT. AND they use less power! All the servers in the mailing have SAS controllers, so you can mix SAS and SATA drives in the same machine.
The drives that we suggest below are –of course- NOT exhaustive: there are other choices possible. Please give us more info about the nature of use of your desired machine, and we’ll adapt!!
These are generally small, and need the best possible Average Access Time.
So: the best solution is SSD (AAT less than 1 MS)
Intel® SSD 520 Series 120GB SATA 6Gb/s 119.-
Samsung 840 Pro 120 GB 6 GB euro 115.-
Bigger or smaller? CALL!
Second best for your database: 2.5” 15.000 rpm.(AAT 30 to 50 Ms)
You can use SAS2 or SATA3 drives here: AAT is much more important than bandwidth.
Toshibe 147 GB SAS2 6Gb/s SAS 2.5-inch 15Krpm euro 185.77
Toshiba 300 GB SATA3 15000RPM 2.5" euro 285.73
Intensive use data:
The data that everybody works with during the day. AAT is important, but bandwidth is even more important.
We advise SAS 2, 2.5” disks for this, 6 GB transferspeed, FAST access times.
Toshiba 450GB 10000rpm, 64MB cache, 6Gb/s SAS 2.5-inch euro 199.92
Toshiba 300GB 10000rpm, 64MB cache, 6Gb/s SAS 2.5-inch euro 147.73
Toshiba 500GB 7200rpm SATA-II 3Gb/s Enterprise 2.5-inch euro 144.49
Toshiba 600GB 10000rpm, 64MB cache, 6Gb/s SAS 2.5-inch euro 270.79
Toshiba 900GB 10000rpm, 64MB cache, 6Gb/s SAS 2.5-inch Euro 428.15
Hitachi MARS-K 3TB SAS ULTRASTAR 7K3000 24/7 6GB SAS 3TB 7200 rpm euro 235.31
Up to 1TB we can use 2.5” disks, but for the biggest volumes, 3.5” remains the best solution for the moment:
2TB disks don’t exist yet in 2.5”. SATA-3 is sufficient here.
Hitachi 2TB Ultrastar 7200 rpm 24/7 SATA-II 3.5” Euro 141.54
Hitachi 1TB GB Ultrastar 7200 rpm 24/7 SATA-II 3.5” Euro 74.31
Hitachi 3TB Ultrastar 7200 rpm 24/7 SATA-II 3.5” Euro 225.58
Hitachi 4TB Ultrastar 7200rpm 24/7 3.5" Euro 315.37
Backup and archiving:
Here we can use lowCost/low power "GREEN" disks:
Hitachi MegaScale 4000 5900 rpm Green euro 295.-
All these are just examples, there are many more disks to choose from!
ALL PRICES ARE EXCL. VAT, valid till 14/05/2013