[Dovecot] Howto add another disk storage

J E Lyon role.Dovecot-Readers at JLAssocs.com
Sun Jul 8 11:28:43 EEST 2012

On 8 Jul 2012, at 08:36, Steve Litt wrote:

>> Can one even argue on one side or the other without knowing the speed
>> of the network, and how much contention is on that network?
>> My experience is that with a 100Mbs network, local is faster, although
>> I've never had a SAN, so to speak, on the other end.
>> The specification of a SATA rev 3 is 6Gbs, which is a heck of a lot
>> faster than 1Gbs per second spec of a gigabit network. Both have a lot
>> of things slowing them from their spec, but I'd need to see some proof
>> of an assertion that anything coming in over a 1Gbs wire can beat a
>> SATA rev3 local disk.
> This isn't really a fair comparision because I don't think rev3 is
> commodity yet. So Rev 2, which IS commodity, is 3Gbs, which is still
> considerably faster than the wire on a Gigabit network.

I think there are optimal situations where any configuration looks good . . How often can a real-world disk actually deliver the 6Gbs when only a minority of disk reads are long sequential runs on the platters?

That's why I take the broader view . . over the course of 2-3 years, say, with a range of applications and demands, the total impact of resources, reliability, management and end-user experience with large systems that are large and complex by virtue of demand rather than through any fault of design, may be better served by a high-performance storage solution connected with extremely high-speed dedicated channels (I don't think anyone ever suggested 100mbps network for SAN was a high-performance scenario) . . and then look at how things work overall, including hardware maintenance for example.

So, the laboratory / theoretical throughput of an internal 6Gbs bus is only partly a factor, imho...

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