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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Serial-attached SCSI (SAS) drives offer a higher level of performance vs. SATA drives, which have become ubiquitous in lower priced arrays. In recent months, several storage vendors have introduced arrays supporting both drive types, such as Gateway's E-842R SAN and EqualLogic's PS3000 Series. Andrew Monroe, IT manager at AirClic, a mobile information services company in Newtown, PA, says his storage consists of various types of databases all with different I/O patterns. He figured that moving from SATA to SAS drives would alleviate performance bottlenecks and the new EqualLogic SAS drives definitely improved performance, he says. Monroe admitted, however, that before using the PS3000 he didn't know exactly what type of performance improvement to expect. "We could only guess," he says. Monroe relies on Oracle tools to improve the performance of his databases. Akorri Networks, Littleton, MA, a new software development company just coming out of stealth mode, believes the most important performance metric "is how the application performs against its SLA [... Access >>>

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