[SATLUG] Affordable raid1 enclosure, maybe nas

Daniel Goller morfic at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 18:46:51 CST 2009

Thanks for the replies.

I started using a wave with a friend to spitball this 2009 style, and after
considering quite the many NAS took a step back and revisited what i
actually wanted.

I have a sheeva plug running with 2 WD usb drives in raid1, it does what i
want it to do httpd/nfsd mainly.
On (re)building of the raid and on write access to the raid i saturate the
usb, cpu pegs and write ties are below 100mbps network speeds.
Read speeds saturate my current 100mbps connection.

My initial idea was to move the raid1 off the sheeva cpu, and thus i looked
at raid1 usb enclosures (internal logic, exposed as a single/simple drive to
the OS it connects to).

My *hope* is if it can reach adequate esata speeds, the raid1 will be
capable of saturating the usb in both reads and writes.

The NAS cam in when i looked at various scenarios of single drive/dual drive
configurations where redundancy varied from raid1 to nightly rsync over gigE
from sheeva to NAS (basically NASx2 that way).

I figured having full access to the sheeva and doing on it as i please i
would not be able to accept the NAS device for long.

So i went for what started my quest, a raid 1 usb2/esata enclosure.

be arriving tomorrow evening.

I realized while trying to find a solution to create a redundant storage
solution, i really created one that made the cpu/os not really redundant but

I am keeping the storage redundant, and am future ready, should i upgrade to
gigE on the desktop any time soon, it would then allow me to upgrade the
sheeva to a openrd-base client, and connect the same enclosure up to it via

I think i achieved moving the cpuload on writes off the sheeva, while
keeping my setup as simple (and most importantly working as i want it) as it
is now.

If anyone is interested, i can post my impressions about this enclosure once
i am done setting it up.



Yes, my hurry to purchase typically outpaces the list's replies, but i
always hope for either more patience on my part or a reply before i click
that "Checkout" button ;)

On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com> wrote:

> John Pappas wrote:
>> Define affordable, but it seems that you want the RAID to be done in the
>> box
>> (rather than the host) which would require the RAID logic to be built into
>> the enclosure, and then one host port (USB or eSATA).
>> There is the drobo which many like, as well as single USB/eSATA
>> enclosures.
>> I have used Promise in the past, but the non-windows driver type
>> enclosures
>> tend to be more $$ (that addition of a USB/eSATA RAID card raises the
>> cost).
>> The GigE connected NAS option is likely to cost the same, and provide more
>> features.  I am currently shopping that market as well, and like the
>> IOmega
>> (EMC) ix series as well as the Synology DS series (Liking the DS409+).
>>  They
>> both provide NFS and CIFS/SAMBA, as well as the ability to add others
>> (iscsi, rsync, ftp, scp) and both run embedded Linux.  The iomega is
>> purchased with drives, and the synology/drobo are BYO Disks.
>> As the NAS boxes only require ~45W and does not require the "host system"
>> (@~+125W) to be running for clients to access the data.
> For RAID, I have always recommended a HW solution even though it costs
> more.  The cost of the HW is not really significant compared to the value of
> the data.  SW RAID does work, but depends too much on the skill of the
> administrator.
> As John says, a NAS is an excellent solution because it removes the
> dependence on a separate system and makes it easy for multiple systems to
> access the data.
> I can't comment about the devices John mentions because I don't have any
> personal experience with them, but they sound like a good starting point.
>  -- Bruce
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