btmaus wrote:Anybody using Dell R730XD servers with lots of disk as a target repository? Looking to move my daily backups to something like this, as the Dell DR series dedupe appliance isn't coping. The DR works well for the longer term GFS backups, but the daily backups need to be moved to something faster. Keen to hear from people using the R730XD, and what configuration you have?
Great machines ! Used them a couple of times for dedicated repository servers and all-in-one appliance-like deployments running Windows server 2016. We have very good performance using perc h730 and 12 disk RAID6 disk setups, dual 8 core xeons and 64GB+ memory. Additionally two SSD disks in the flexbays in the back for boot and vpower cache . 600MB - 1GB/s sequential throughput easily. 10gbit ethernet mostly, some have direct SAN connetions using FC or iSCSI
You could go with storage spaces as well instead of perc raid for additional data integrity checks/healing but its a decision based on management complexity, knowledge etc. if you want simple management, just raid6 gives great results. Preconfiguring a perc H830 adapter for external disk enclosures (MD) is also convenient to quickly/easy adding of capacity if needed in the future
I do have to say all of them protect less than 15TB data currently and less than 75 VMs. So i cannot say i've really stressed them out though i feel they can take quite some additional load.
Im still waiting to deploy multiple 730xd's in a SOBR setup.
I'd reccomend them