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From Ted Dunning <tdunn...@maprtech.com>
Subject Re: recommendation on HDDs
Date Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:43:47 GMT
Get bigger disks.  Data only grows and having extra is always good.

You can get 2TB drives for <$100 and 1TB for < $75.

As far as transfer rates are concerned, any 3GB/s SATA drive is going to be
about the same (ish).  Seek times will vary a bit with rotation speed, but
with Hadoop, you will be doing long reads and writes.

Your controller and backplane will have a MUCH bigger vote in getting
acceptable performance.  With only 4 or 5 drives, you don't have to worry
about super-duper backplane, but you can still kill performance with a lousy

On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM, Shrinivas Joshi <jshrinivas@gmail.com>wrote:

> What would be a good hard drive for a 7 node cluster which is targeted to
> run a mix of IO and CPU intensive Hadoop workloads? We are looking for
> around 1 TB of storage on each node distributed amongst 4 or 5 disks. So
> either 250GB * 4 disks or 160GB * 5 disks. Also it should be less than 100$
> each ;)
> I looked at HDD benchmark comparisons on tomshardware, storagereview etc.
> Got overwhelmed with the # of benchmarks and different aspects of HDD
> performance.
> Appreciate your help on this.
> -Shrinivas

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