[ngw] GW651 RAID 5 or RAID 10 perfomance on SAN

Randy Grein randygrein at comcast.net
Fri Jul 29 13:20:41 UTC 2005

Interesting - I've found no vendor making this claim and the general  
literature says otherwise; in fact if you set up software spanning or  
mirroring under netware it will perform reads in parallel - as far  
back as Netware 2.15. Are you saying you've found a hardware RAID  
vendor that can't get it right?

I recently tested RAID 5 against RAID 1,0, and while I had limited  
time and tools the 1,0 configuration was as fast in reads, and much  
faster on write operations.
Randy Grein, Master CNE, CCNA

On Jul 29, 2005, at 5:23 AM, Eric Rothweiler wrote:

> Not quite accurate.  Raid 5 will give better read performance in most
> cases because each spindle can be seeking the different sectors
> simultaneously.  In Raid 0 or 1 each seek in done is serial instead of
> parallel.
> On 7/29/05, Randy Grein <randygrein at comcast.net> wrote:
>> One small point is that all RAID
>> levels will have the same read performance, the difference is write
>> performance which will vary depending on the RAID level and write
>> size. If anyone is interested in reviewing, drop me a line.

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