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    Sorry for the newbie questions, but I haven't found direct answers in the literature or forums so thought I'd try asking here.

    !. How are CPU resources used from a threading standpoint? For example, how does a small number of fast CPUs compare to a large number of slower CPUs?

    2. How is RAM used? In particular, does main memory serve as a cache and what other things consume memory? If main memory acts as cache, how does this interact with cache RAM on the RAID controller card? Also, is there any guideline for a typical ratio of RAM size to disk dize?

    3. What are the performance issues associated with snapshots? I see no specific limit to the number of snapshots, but what is practical? Would it be reasonable, for example, to make daily snapshots so that there are essentially 365 snapshots at all times? And how does Open-E's snapshot technology compare to something like NetApp's StoreVault which claims no performance penalty?

    4. Is there any interaction with the snapshot capability of the hardware RAID controller, or are snapshots always handled internally to Open-E?

    5. Are there any performance comparisons available to any other commercial hardware solutions?

    6. When synchronizing across multiple systems, are changes buffered in case connectivity is lost? For example, if the network connection between the two systems is lost for several hours, once connectivity is restored, will all pending changes still be made?

    I think that's about it for now. This looks like a really great product and we look forward to testing it.

    Thanks,
    lew

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    This question was submited by your email addrress to support , please see response.
    All the best,

    Todd Maxwell


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    If possible would we be able to see the response as I have some of the same questions.

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    Answers from support.

    1. How are CPU resources used from a threading standpoint? For example,
    how does a small number of fast CPUs compare to a large number of slower
    CPUs?
    >> It depends on how many users are going to connect. So if there are 1-20 users then
    quad core CPU will not be efficient. But if there will be more than 100 users
    connected then quad core CPU will be somehow mandatory.

    2. How is RAM used? In particular, does main memory serve as a cache and
    what other things consume memory? If main memory acts as cache, how does
    this interact with cache RAM on the RAID controller card? Also, is there
    any guideline for a typical ratio of RAM size to disk dize?
    >> Our software use as much available RAM for caching. The required size of the RAM
    depends on the use, if you are planning to use backups, snapshots, replication etc
    then you will need 4GB-8GB of RAM.
    RAID controllers have their own cache, for instance 3Ware controllers have the
    function to chose between security and performance. So, controllers use their
    own cache.
    And there is ratio between RAM and disk sizes, again it depends on the usage.

    3. What are the performance issues associated with snapshots? I see no
    specific limit to the number of snapshots, but what is practical? Would it
    be reasonable, for example, to make daily snapshots so that there are
    essentially 365 snapshots at all times? And how does Open-E's snapshot
    technology compare to something like NetApp's StoreVault which claims no
    performance penalty?
    >> Our DSS is limited to 10 snapshot for each logical volume so this configuration is
    not possible. Also, large number of snapshot will generate very high load which will
    slow the performance. Open-e recommend 10-12% of the volume size for a snapshots, or
    3 times the amount of changes that will be generated.
    There are feature deference’s between open-s DSS and NetApp’s StorVault like
    max capacity, FTP, NTP JumboFrame and more. I strongly recommend contacting
    NetApp and request a demo, then compare features and costs between the two
    software’s. I guarantee you that you will find that our product is more
    reliable over competitors products, plus you will love the cost.

    4. Is there any interaction with the snapshot capability of the hardware
    RAID controller, or are snapshots always handled internally to Open-E?
    >> There is no interaction between snapshots and hardware as snapshots are handled
    internally.

    5. Are there any performance comparisons available to any other commercial
    hardware solutions?
    >> We do not sell hardware’s, we just sell and market our software, but you can check
    our hardware compatibility list from
    http://www.open-e.com/data_storage_s...ang=en&subserv
    =prodcomp

    And you can compare it to other solution by testing our Demo or our LITE
    version (mentioned in the beginning of the e-mail)

    6. When synchronizing across multiple systems, are changes buffered in
    case connectivity is lost? For example, if the network connection between
    the two systems is lost for several hours, once connectivity is restored,
    will all pending changes still be made?
    >>This one has two parts: For the iSCSI: if connection get lost, iSCSI will resynch
    and continue the backup.
    For the NAS part, if connection get lost NAS will kicks off in the next task
    schedule time.

    7. Do you have a favorite RAID controller? Our thought is to create a
    single RAID 6 array of about 6-8 TB, which should be sufficient for our
    needs. About half of the space will be iSCSI drives for VMware servers,
    and the other half will be NAS storage.
    >> You can check the compatibility of controllers from the previous link.
    Last edited by To-M; 01-02-2015 at 11:50 PM.
    All the best,

    Todd Maxwell


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    7. Do you have a favorite RAID controller?

    I'm only a customer of open-e, not an employee, but my company has had the best results with the Areca brand of RAID controllers.

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    Hello,

    Our company had the best results with Adaptec Unified Serial 31605 (better performance and RAID rebuilding time).

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    Has DSS V6 changed as far as usage of multiple cores is concerned?

    For instance, we have three XenServers that connect to our SAN. I am looking at upgrading from ISICI-R3 to DSS V6, and want to know if it will make efficient usage of the cpu's.

    There are 22 VM's (Six servers and sixteen desktops) running on the three XenServers that will connect to the SAN by 10Gb ethernet. In addition there are about twelve desktops that are not virtualized that will connect to the VM Servers.

    You speak of users, but I'm not sure how that translates for us. The three servers are the only machines that connect to the SAN, and feed the data to the VM's.

    The reason I ask is I am looking to find out if a Dell 2950III with Dual Quad core Xeons and 16GB Ram is overkill. If so, I'll look for something that's a bit cheaper.

    Thanks,

    winman

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