FreeBSD Hardware RAID vs. GMIRROR vs. ZFS

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The ultimate storage shootout! With years of building and testing servers in various configurations we have always suspected hardware RAID was not all that it’s cracked up to be. FreeBSD’s GMIRROR and ZFS are great, but up until now it’s been a gut feeling combined with anecdotal evidence. Today, we change that. The Test Setup… Read more »

New Relic Monitoring & Integration

Friday, August 7, 2015

Today A-Team Systems formally announces the latest edition to all maintenance and monitoring plans: Complete integration with New Relic application monitoring and metrics. We’re particularly excited about this as New Relic is the standard for application monitoring and is an excellent tool for driving optimization of code, database and systems infrastructure. Unified Monitoring Foremost A-Team… Read more »

When To Switch From Cloud Servers to Dedicated Servers

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cloud servers provide a turn key solution to a lot of problems, however they can quickly become an expensive crutch that hides problems rather than solving them. A lot of companies start out with one or two cloud servers then increase resources on them or provision more as their product grows. Quickly this can turn… Read more »

Using powerd(8) To Increase FreeBSD Performance By Over 10%

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Modern Intel CPUs employ a technology called TurboBoost which works in conjunction with Intel’s SpeedStep technology to temporarily overclock specific cores (sometimes at over 2x the advertised speed) when thermal and power limits allow. SpeedStep is the selective and rapid slowing down, idling and possibly even sleeping of cores which are not being used or… Read more »

HOWTO: FreeBSD Partition Alignment for RAID, SSDs & 4k Disk Drives

Friday, July 6, 2012

Last Updated January 21st, 2017. This article is really popular, I’ll do my best to keep it up to date! I’ve added notes about enabling TRIM support. Aligning Partitions Under FreeBSD for Optimum Performance with RAID Arrays, SSDs and 4k Disk Drives Note: These instructions have been verified to work for FreeBSD 9.1, FreeBSD 9.2,… Read more »

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