Storage Spaces-Server Essentials RC

In following tradition, below are the updated benchmarks of the Release Candidate of Server Essentials.  As you can see from the benchmarks below, things have not improved in terms of performance.  If fact, some tests were a bit slower.  I am using the same hardware in the same configuration as before for the testing.   I will continue to test all releases including the soon to be RTM Server 2012.  If you are going to spend for Server Essentials when it is released, spend the extra $100-150 for a inexpensive RAID card and get 2-3x the better better performance that matches this high end software where.

Testing of the BETA Version

Results from the Release Candidate

SNAG-0303  SNAG-0304SNAG-0316  SNAG-0323SNAG-0305  SNAG-0306

SNAG-0307  SNAG-0308SNAG-0308


RAID 5 Comparison Benchmarks

SNAG-0018   SNAG-0019


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5 Responses

  1. @_TheJason_ says:

    What HDDs are these? WD Green drives?

    • PCDoc says:

      Yes, these are WD EARS drives. That has been the baseline in all the testing so I can have a true comparison. Obviously, faster drives will yield better results but the comparisons including the RAID card have been consistent.

      • @_TheJason_ says:

        I think your speeds are pretty good. I've got 4x2TB EARS on a 2720sgl. Your CrystalDiskMark tests are better than mine. Sequential I get 181/211 MB/s read/write. For ATTO, your reads are about 10% slower, but your writes are 10% faster (on average across all sizes).

        However, my array was about half full when I did the testing, so that would impact the scores somewhat.

      • @_TheJason_ says:

        Sorry, I should have said your RAID speeds are good 🙂

  2. StanC says:

    What RAID card did you use for you test.