[K12OSN] SATA vs. SCSI....buying a new server

Eric Brown ericbrow at gmail.com
Fri Jul 14 04:27:06 UTC 2006

Hello David,

At this year's North Central Linux Symposium (just had to get that
plug in), Chris Hertel (formerly of the Samba project) discussed
storage.  He has researched more aspects of this issue than I ever
thought possible.  His short answer to your question is that SCSI is
superior in many ways (physical components, firmware).  His
explanation, SCSI is made to run 24/7/365.  SATA was created for the
average home user, and is expected to run on average about 8 hours a
day.  With that said, it also stands to reason that, with the cost
savings and size difference you can get with SATA, that if you decide
to go that route, you do so with redundancy and failure recovery in

I'm not how much of this was in his presentation.  He was kind enough
to answer all kinds of my storage questions after his presentation.
You can find a copy of it at:

Hope this helps.

Eric Brown

On 7/13/06, Sudev Barar <sbarar at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 14/07/06, David Trask <dtrask at vcsvikings.org> wrote:
> > dual Xeon 2.8 ghz
> > 2 gb RAM
> > 2 SCSI 36 gb 15,000 rpm drives
> > dual gigabit....etc
> >
> > The other one is
> >
> > dual Xeon 2. 8 ghz
> > 4 gb RAM
> > 2 SATA 120gb 7200 rpm drives
> > dual gigabit...etc.
> >
> Presumptious.... but why not try Dual-AMD64-Dual core? I am impressed
> with AMD recent chips and pricing.
> --
> Regards,
> Sudev Barar
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