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  • 1.  Segment size formula for RAID6 arrays?

    Posted Jun 25, 2010 03:52 PM

    Hi all,

    There is a great formula for RAID5 arrays at this post:

    http://communities.vmware.com/message/522386#522386

    I am looking at creating some RAID6 luns on our Sun Storage Tek 6140 and 6580 sans. We have a range of needs so will be creating semi-large 5 and/or 7 disk RAID arrays up to 14 disk RAID arrays. I believe we will keep the smaller arrays RAID5 but will go RAID6 for the 14 disk stripes. Is there a formula like the one in the post above that will work for RAID6?

    Thanks in advance,

    Pete



  • 2.  RE: Segment size formula for RAID6 arrays?

    Posted Jun 25, 2010 03:58 PM

    RAID 5 and RAID 6 are not different. RAID 6 adds another parity drive, but that's all. The performance will be lower.

    You can do the same thing with RAID 5, and get better performance. I wouldn't do RAID 6.



  • 3.  RE: Segment size formula for RAID6 arrays?

    Posted Jun 25, 2010 04:08 PM

    I understand the concept being the same. I am planning on two vertical stripes across 7 trays. In case I lose one tray (two disks) RAID5 would be dead in the water. RAID6 at least has a chance to rebuild (albeit slowly). Speed is not my #1 concern on the 14 disk arrays. Size and uptime are my two priorities. So, if I still want to go RAID6, would I really go with the same formula but just add 2 instead of 1 disk?

    Thanks,

    Pete