I've been browsing through all of the technical documentation and am still trying to figure out the best RAID size to go with. The currently size is set at the deafult of 16. We started with 2 3240 heads connected to 2 DS4243 shelves each half populated with 12 drives. We have just purchased another 24 drives to fully populate each shelf. Before we add the drives we were trying to figure out the best RAID group size. We are using the storage for a VMWare ESXi and CIFS environment. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Are these SATA or SAS drives? Keeping the RG size @ 16 would give you three RGs of equal size (48/3=16). With only 12.5% parity overhead, which is pretty good. I don't see a great deal of motivation to go to anything larger, as long the default provides an equal distribution of disks.
These are 15K SAS 600GB drives. I should have mentioned that 1 shelf is assigned to head a and the second shelf is assigned to head b. We were initially thinking a RAID group size of 22 in order to fully utilize all 24 drives per shelf.
Well, it is a compromise between max capacity & RAID rebuild time - whilst the RG size of 22 addresses the former, indeed, Synergy tool defaults to RG size of 11 in this scenario, to improve the latter.