I have a FAS 3070 with 9 disk shelfs. The shelves each have 14 300GB FC disks, for a total of 126 disks. I am interested in creating the largest aggregate possible. What would be the most effective Raid Group size to use? What are the total number of possible disks that can be used in an aggregate?
I have not really calculated, but you have following limitations:
aggregate size is max 16 TB (in 7.2., this is including the parity disks)
raidgroup is (DP) is max 28 disks
there is no limitation about the amount of disks in an aggregate
When you go for a raidgroup of 25 disks, you can 5 create raidgroups and 3 aggregates. You loose then 10 disks for parity and you only have 1 disk as a spare disk. I think (can someone do better?) this is a capacity based optimum. I personally think this is the best solution. I never do this on this way. I try to use the default raid group and for FC disks I will have at least 2 or 3 spare disks for that amount of disks.
Two 28 disk group after rightsizing is just about the 16TB limit but it will span 4 or 5 shelves and u can only make one.
From a redundancy standpoint 4 groups of 26 disks will yield 2 14tb aggregates spanning 48diskd (+4 for parity) each. Manually assigned 13 disks on each shelf leaving 1 disk as a spare on each shelf will speed rebuild time in event of a disk failure. 8 disks are lost to parity and 8 are left as spares. This leaves 14 disks (one whole shelf) for the root volume and any partner parity volumes. It may not be the most efficient use of space but its very fault tolerant.