StorCase InfoStation Condenses Business Storage

Test Setup

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Socket 604Dual Intel Pentium 4 Xeon, 2.8 GHz, 512 kB Cache, FSB533
System Components
DDR-SDRAM2x 512 MB PC3200 Samsung, ECC, Registered
MotherboardAsus PP-DLW, Rev. 1.03Intel E7505 Chipset
Graphics CardMatrox Millennium G450 AGP, 32 MB
Hard DrivesSystem Drive: Western Digital WD800JBTest Drives: Array consisting of8x Seagate Savvio, ST936701LC, 74 GB 10,000 RPM, 8 MB Cache for StorCase8x Western Digital WD740 Raptor, 74 GB, 10,000 RPM, 8 MB Cache for 3Ware
Controller ILSI Logic MegaRAID SCSI 320-2, Firmware 1L33Dual-Channel, 128 MB ECC Cache
Controller II3Ware 9500-12S12 Ports, 128 MB ECC Cache
Intel ChipsetIntel Chipset Installation Utility Application Accelerator RAID Edition Ver. 3.53
OSWindows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition 5.2.3790
Controller Drivers3Ware Software MegaRAID
Benchmarks & Settings
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10Fileserver Benchmark PatternWebserver Benchmark PatternDatabase Benchmark PatternWorkstation Benchmark PatternThroughput Benchmark Pattern

Since we wanted to compare the system to a common Serial ATA solution using 3Ware's 9500 card, we only used one SCSI channel. We could not gather more than eight Western Digital Raptor drives running identical firmware versions, so we also ran the StorCase benchmarks with only eight Savvio drives. LSI Logic's MegaRAID SCSI 320-2 was used for testing the InfoStation.