From my understanding, it seems a lot of people put the OS on RAID 1 and the file system on RAID 5. I assume this is for web servers where they generally serve more content than have things written to it, which means the performance hit that comes with RAID 5 is not an issue. (If I'm mistaken here please correct me, I'm not too familiar with this however as a startup we have limited IT experts around and I am in charge of It)
The 2nd article I posted (Build Server Capacity Planning) mentions that RAID 5 is not recommended because of significantly lower write speeds. Instead they recommend RAID 1.
I would just like some recommendations for a development / build server so I know the information I'm working with is accurate based on real world experience and the advice is targeted towards that type of solution.
Recommendations for a server with the following uses would be great:
- Development environment
- Runs applications locally
- Source control
- Computer backup and management
- General file storage and sharing
Recommendations for the same scenario but with virtualization like vmware ESXi would be really helpful as well. Edit: Virtualization used to run both a dev server and a staging server on the same machine.
Any help is greatly appreciated! Again, my apologies, I know similar questions have been asked, however it would be an expensive mistake to make so I would like to be sure before ordering a server. (As a side note I am ordering a Dell PowerEdge T610 if it makes any difference)