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 »

Review: Velocity Solo x2 PCIe 2.0 x2 SATA 6 Gbps

Monday, December 15, 2014

Add an SSD to your already full 1U rackmount server! Recently A-Team Systems deployed a number of 1U rackmount servers with four hot-swap SATA bays, all of which we populated to give us maximum ZFS performance (and  capacity) across as many spindles as possible. We also wanted to get the performance of SSDs for certain… 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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