Five years ago before Christmas I bought my first SSD – Crucial MX300 750GB. I have put it into my linux server running some web hosting (running this blog for example), my emails. Second MX300 was put into Linux MD Raid1. Disk were running two years in this setup, then I have migrated into virtualized setup, running ESXi, booted from USB drive. SSD were re-used and running as hw Raid 1 using LSI-9211 card.
Have you tried to place your Dropbox folder on network (NAS) drive? Dropbox don’t allow it directly, but there is hack…
Drupal includes many files. When DocumentRoot is hosted on NFS, include calls are slow, because too many lstat() calls which are slow on NFS. Continue reading
LVM is a logical volume manager for the Linux kernel; it manages disk drives and similar mass-storage devices, in particular large ones. The term “volume” refers to a disk drive or partition thereof.
Every LVM operation makes backup of lvm metadata. Metadata archive stored in directory /etc/lvm/archive/ in easily readable text files. Each operation creates own metadata backup file, with information when it was created. For example:
To manage and monitor hardware raid, you need proper utility. Most of vendors provides raid utilities only for Redhat based linuxes. For Debian based distribution I have found very useful repository – http://hwraid.le-vert.net/wiki/DebianPackages. You just need to know, which raid card you are using and follow provided instructions.
With shrinking IT budgets you will at some point be tempted fill your RAID controllers with cheap desktop hard drives. You may also be tempted to replace your servers system drives with them as well. I’m going to give you some reasons why you should consider buying those pricey enterprise class drives instead.
If your dealing with big RAID arrays with a linux 2.6 kernel you will need to tweak your block device readahead settings. This can double or triple your read speeds. The tweak is very easy. Continue reading