I went with some advice I was given from someone I know to go with a RAID setup for this server I ordered. The specs are below. I plan on using this server to host multiple sites in a PHP/MySQL environment and an SVN repository in Ubuntu Server. I'd like to have a setup where the primary drive is mirrored so that in the event of failure on a drive the server could just use the other pair of drives.
I'm reading on wikipedia about raid setups and I see RAID 0-5, but don't see a 10 listed on wikipedia. Perhaps I'm just not sure what I'm looking for, to be honest I've never used anything RAID.
On-Board Intel ESB2 RAID controller - 0,1,5,10 SATA RAID
Manufacturer: SuperMicro Model / Part Number: 6015P-TR Processor(s): Dual (2x) Intel Xeon 2GHz 5130 Dual Core 64-Bit Processors - 4MB Cache, 1333MHz FSB Memory: 4GB RAM (4x 1GB PC2-5300) - 8 slots on motherboard Hard Drive(s): Four (4) Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drives Optical Drive: DVD-ROM Floppy Drive: Included Network Interface: Dual 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet RAID: On-Board Intel ESB2 RAID controller - 0,1,5,10 SATA RAID Power Supplies: 2 (Redundant) - 700W each Form Factor: Rack Mount - 1U
I'm not sure the best route to take with RAID for what I'm looking for as I'm totally new to it.
At this point, when I select RAID10 from the raid controller and go into Ubuntu server installation it shows 2 separate 500GB drives instead of a single 1 TB drive. Ubuntu is not giving me any RAID options duration installation.
I'm thinking I'm just going to install everything on one of those 500 GB drives for the server, then have all my site's data on the other drive.
I need to get moving on this server, I can't spend weeks working out RAID issues.