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The server would run a 2 drive (mirrored root pool for OS and master database segment). And would run individual zpools for each remaining drive (loss of data is acceptable).

Initial requirements would be:

  • 2x 7540 xeons (6 core)
  • 32gig memory.
  • 12 drives.

A 4U/2U server (6/8 core and 2/4 sockets cpu support) with internal disks / or external JBOD. Capacity to house a disk per CPU core is important.

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Buying x7540 processors is an absurd investment. A dual E5620 will be cheaper and still very fast. If you must use six-core processors, the X5650 is cheaper, though will be limited to only 2 per motherboard.

There are 2U chassis which will fit 12 3.5" drives, but if you want even more spindles, there are 2U chassis which will fit 24 2.5" drives, hotswap.

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@gekkz: Is there a 2U chassis 2.5" 24 drive server that you have used and would reccomend? – tegbains Apr 8 '10 at 4:39
SuperMicro has the SC216 which comes in a lot of variations – gekkz Apr 8 '10 at 6:50
thanks, good advice. – Justin Apr 8 '10 at 8:15

If you want to run Solaris is gonna have to Sun (or Dell) hardware since Oracle no longer sells Solaris 10 licenses/support contracts for generic hardware.

Sun Fire X4450 (2U) + Sun J4400 JBOD (6U).

  • 2U Quad Socket, Six Core Xeon 7400 Series (24 Cores)
  • 8 x 2.5in Drives (x4450) + 24 x 3.5 Drives (J4400)
  • 32 DIMM slots, Max 256GB RAM
  • 4 port GigE, 2 PCIe x8 & 4 PCIe x4 slots

But if 24cores/drives in 8U is overkill for your needs, sun makes an 8 core, 16 drive, 2U Server (Sun Fire X4270), but only with 2.5inch drives. Since data loss is acceptable, run 2 striped drives per core to make up for the fact that 2.5inch disks only go up to 500GB a piece.

  • Dual Socket, Quad Core Xeon 5500 Series
  • 8TB Max: 16 x 2.5in SAS or SATA drives
  • 18 DIMM slots, Max 144GB RAM
  • 4 port GigE, 6 PCIe x8 slots

I don't know what your requirements are, but if you're willing to step away from the 1 spindle 1 core mindset you should evaluate an SSD equipped Sun 7310/7410 unified storage box. It would probably meet your IO needs for multiple 8-12 core frontends and scales up to six J4400 JOBDs with commodity 1TB SATA disks.

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OpenSolaris doesn't have those license/support restrictions – tegbains Apr 12 '10 at 2:00

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