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RE: Re Raid 5+

From: MacGregor, Ian A. <ian_at_SLAC.Stanford.EDU>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 16:48:28 -0800
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I cannot fathom Raid 5 being faster than Raid 1 tor writes. The real question is, is it fast enough for your users. We happen to have a 650 terabyte database here. Even using Raid 5 disk storage would be prohibitedly expensive. So we use a home-built hierarchal storage system and store much of the data on Redwood tape drives. Users know that requesting data from the Redwood drives will take some time. But they were told to expect that. (The database is Objectivity not Oracle, and I have nothing to do with it). The online data as opposed to the near-line data is stored in Raid 5 arrays.  

What I don't know is what percentage of Oracle databases can run fine on Raid 5 vs. Raid 1. It would not surprise me if the answer was well over 50%  

Ian MacGregor
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
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We are certainly going to be performing extensive testing to ensure performance of our applications under Raid5+ is acceptable.  

That means it is as good if not better than that experienced under Raid1  

As I see it Oracle gain no benefit for stating that Raid5 should be used if they did not believe that to be the case. If there was any doubt it would be easier fro them to leave things as they were    



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