Re: Dell/Linux vs. Apple Xserve for file server?
From: Kevin Collins (spamtotrash_at_toomuchfiction.com)
Date: Sat, 05 Jun 2004 04:27:45 GMT
In article <email@example.com>, Nicholas Bachmann wrote:
> Dave Hinz wrote:
>> On Wed, 02 Jun 2004 10:59:52 GMT, Scott Vandenberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>4) Why should we prefer Apple over Dell or vice versa?
>> As much as I like Apple for desktop, they're a bit spendy for server
>> use. The cost goes into graphics, and if it's just sitting in the
> Exactly... an Apple server would be great for rendering movies -- the G5
> is an excellent processor for doing floating point math and matrices.
> Serving files, however, is a dull job that any processor can do. Go
> have your friendly local computer store build you a server optimized for
> filesystem performance to run Linux on. A system with plenty of RAM,
> some nice SATA drives, and hardware RAID will do more for performance
> than replacing Pentium IVs with Xeons or G5s.
Based on what I have read so far, SATA drives perform slower than IDE drives on
Linux. Better would be to by a mobo with onboard IDE RAID controller (or an
outboard RAID controller).
> Be sure to choose the right filesystem too. Depending on the
> composition of your files, you may want to use XFS or ReiserFS. Look at
> http://linuxgazette.net/102/piszcz.html and
> http://kerneltrap.org/node/view/715. You may even want to do your own
> testing with IOzone or a similar tool.
> Finally, use hdparm! You can easily get a 4x HDD performance increase!
> A google search on linux optimization can turn up some more tips.
That only works for IDE drives...
>> back room serving up samba file and printer shares, it's not using
>> those graphics abilities. Yes, that's way oversimplified, but on
>> a bang-for-the-buck basis, I'd go with the Dell for this.
> I'd even shy away from Dell and go to the aforementioned reliable local
> computer supplier. They usually have higher quality, better standards,
> and superior service. [Not that I'm biased in any way by working for one