One way to build an inexpensive yet speedy storage server

Subject: Storage | December 15, 2014 - 01:35 PM |
Tagged: SAS, hdd, DIY, LSI, Seagate, icy dock

You may want to build a server consisting of enterprise level SSDs to make sure it provides the best possible speeds to anyone accessing data stored there but the chances of you getting the budget for it are slim going on none.  That is why reading the guide on building servers from Modders Inc is worth your time if you find yourself pondering the best way to build a storage server on a budget without making it abysmally slow.  You have many choices when you are designing a storage server but if you are not quite sure where to start the list of components and the arguments for their usefulness will get you headed in the right direction.  For example the LSI MegaRAID SAS 9271-8i is an impressive RAID controller and with good SAS HDDs you can expect to see very good data throughput and will be more important than the CPU you select.  Check out the article right here.

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"IT infrastructure and storage has always been part of serious conversation between IT engineers and their bosses. As always IT Engineers want to use the best of the newest technologies while their bosses want to keep every project under a tight budget. It's always an ongoing battle, however both sides always come to some mutual agreement that benefits both sides."

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Source: Modders Inc

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December 15, 2014 | 04:37 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wow - that's not saving you any money. You can get full storage servers from HP for that much. Admittedly less storage, but with a 3 year support contract and better performance. And one of the commenters on the original article priced out a better alternative for 30% of that price. Not to mention the problems with liquid cooling and RAID5 in something like that.

December 15, 2014 | 07:46 PM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

Ugh. This is just a repost of a terrible article that is over a year old. Modders Inc. is just desperate for hits. This thing is getting torn up over at the HardForums as well.

December 16, 2014 | 03:04 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Just about 3 years I beleive

December 15, 2014 | 07:48 PM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

[quote]First I would like to thank LSI, Seagate and IcyDock for providing us with most important parts, which without them, we wouldn’t be able to build anything at all. These three vendors have multiple solutions for any budget[/quote]

Bahaha, this is just an advertorial. Clearly Jeremy didn't read this article before posting it.

December 16, 2014 | 12:35 PM - Posted by Dusty

(Un)fortunately, it looks like the article got taken down. The best storage solution for an enthusiast home user is always the most HDDs with the least amount of supporting hardware you can get away with. Sometimes that means getting a case that is not exactly a delight to work in stuffed with a bunch of hard drives, a cheap mobo, and maybe a second hand network and SATA card. Depending on budget and hardware available to the user, a home setup can rival any SOHO NAS solution. This is of course, if the user has the skill and time to set it up and administer it, for everyone else there are many prebuilt systems.

December 16, 2014 | 03:01 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Man, I love it when a plan comes together.  Now to see if a current home/low cost service guide will be published soon as you do not see many of them lately.

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