My FreeNAS box and it's performance.
So we don't have a server section and this isn't exactly a troubleshooting question, so I'm assuming this would be the correct forum for this. I know we don't get many server/networking threads on here, so I'm not expecting a ton of responses....
Over the past couple of months I threw together this guy...
AMD Athlon X2 4800+
An HP AM2+ mobo I traded a guy old laptop RAM and HDD for.
2GB of OCZ DDR2 800 @ 4-4-4-12
2x 1TB Western Digital Blues
SATAIII PCI-E 4x controller card (attached to a PCI-E 16x slot)
Kingston DT160 4GB (FreeNAS embedded 7.2.5543 installed on it)
Thermaltake 430W PSU
Thermaltake WingMA case
The parts that were purchased new for this were the hard drives, USB flash drive, SATAIII controller card, and case. Didn't look for a SATA III card in particular, just ended up being the one my local parts store had. This build was really just to get a good base for a file server where I wouldn't need to be in it hundreds of dollars and a starting point to build on over time when money allows for it.
My infrastructure (I cringe calling it that, as it's weak sauce), is a Netgear Wireless Draft N router and a Netgear 5 port gigabit switch. Modem to router, switch to router, server and computers to switch.
The hard drives are set up in a ZFS storage pool in a RAID1 with a stand by time of ten minutes.
On writes, I can get bursts up to 40-50MB/s with sustained around 30-35MB/s. Reads are around 50-60MB/s burts and 30-40MB/s sustained.
For a consumer grade NAS and switch, are these acceptable reads/writes? As far as I understand, the CPU and RAM I have should be fine, would their be any need to upgrade to something newer? I know they're only WD Blue's, but would I need to go with a different switch and a hardware RAID5 array with WD Blacks or SAS to see a big bump in performance? Raptors aren't an option as I'll need to move to 2TB disks in the next year.
It's not that I'm dissatisfied with the performance, I would just like to see my file transfers to be more towards the 100MB/s mark. Or is that just a dream and I'd need fiber in home to see those transfer rates?
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