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Thoughts on mainstream (desktop) SSD in HP ProLiant Server?

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June 3, 2013 5:55:21 AM

Hey guys,

So let me first say that I understand the differences in enterprise server SSD and desktop SSD. Now let me ask you this - understanding the risks in potentially losing a drive sooner than expected, if I had a couple spare drives sitting around for replacement parts, would you think it's feasible to run some Samsung 840 drives in a ProLiant server?

I was thinking of doing a RAID 5 or RAID 10 setup, loading up 6 drive slots with 500GB Samsung 840 drives.

What are your thoughts on this idea? Reckless? Worth trying? This will be for a production server, running ESXi 5.0 for VMWare with probably 2-3 VMs on it.

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June 3, 2013 7:54:32 AM

Unless the VMs are very busy and/or mission critical, it's worth trying.
June 3, 2013 10:49:00 AM

GhislainG said:
Unless the VMs are very busy and/or mission critical, it's worth trying.

Depending on how I VMotion some of the older VMs to these boxes, they may potentially be Exchange and Citrix servers :x

Of course if I ended up hosting Exchange on one of them, I would build a DAG so there would be some redundancy. But Idk if this will be the case.

Anyone have any experience doing this?
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June 5, 2013 7:26:42 PM

I wouldn't be worried using RAID 10 with those drives since backups in a production environment are performed on a daily basis (or more often if need be).