[Linux-HA] Raid and drdb
dmaziuk at bmrb.wisc.edu
Mon Jul 27 15:14:39 MDT 2009
On Monday 27 July 2009 12:14:57 Claus Denk wrote:
> Hi all,
> we have now almost configured our hardware for a HA cluster. We will use
> two IBM 3550 M2 servers, and I would like to ask you if you could share
> some experience about different disk configurations.
> 1) Using drdb, is having some hardware RAID on both machines good
> practice (for example 3 disks with RAID 5) or is it not necessary to do
> so as drdb is our network raid? I guess in case of failure of the drdb
> communication it would be good to have some additional raid security on
> each server. Does it affect the write performance a lot?
Actually, I'd like to know: what happens when a disk fails? Would that
propagate to DRBD and trigger a failover?
> 2) This machine has a maximum of 4 SAS slots, what would be good
> practice to install OS and data (2+2 disks with raid 1, or everything on
> 3 disks raid 5, o 4 disks raid 10?) Of course disk price is an issue, we
> would like to have 500 GB of data, which requires 3 300 Gb disks for raid
With SAS drives you should be OK with raid 5 (SATA is where you'l want raid
1/10, apparently). Personally, I wouldn't worry too much about raid'ing the
root drives: HA cluster should give you enough time to reinstall the OS if
one fails. I would keep a spare disk handy.
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