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Is anyone using SSD drives for actual \Domains folder?
Question asked by Merle Wait - 12/1/2023 at 5:20 PM
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Might be a silly question... but after reading the repetitive write "scenario"  on SSD drives..  am a but cautious to go that way.  But on the other hand, if I replaced the drives every X years or hours.. maybe that is a plan?
Just curious whom is doing what

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Use Enterprise SSDs (better if NVMe) for Servers and they will last longer than any spindle SAS HDD...
Gabriele Maoret - Head of SysAdmins at SERSIS
Currently manages 6 SmarterMail installations (1 in the cloud for SERSIS which provides services to a few hundred third-party email domains + 5 on-premise for customers who prefer to have their mail server in-house)
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We run 100% flash drives and has been for 4+ and no issues so far.
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Rudolf Lindinger Replied
We use HP NVME SSDs in Proliant Servers. So far they have about 22.000 hours of usage and a wearout of 3 to 6%. So i think they last much longer than "normal" drives. In productive environments, I would still strongly recommend using mirroring/raid or any other failsafe solution.
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We run SSD in Raid10 for the exact reason. :) Change drives on the fly and not one has failed yet :)
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Tim Uzzanti Replied
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Many of our customers choose SSD for their storage needs. However, we still recommend some raid option for better security. If you use spindle drives, we strongly advise RAID solutions and RAID10 is our preferred option.

Common functionality with new centralized storage solutions is a mix of SSD and Spindle drives.  These storage solutions place more access data on faster and more expensive drives while moving less frequently touched data on cheaper and less performing storage.

We designed SmarterMail with ISP and Hosting Providers in mind from the start, so we knew how to get the most out of disk I/o including concerns related to fragmentation etc. . Our data is optimized for any disk solutions you use, whether they operate at the block level or the file level. We store our data in a way that maximizes the performance of your disk solutions including storage solutions that prioritize more frequently accessed data on more expensive ssd's and/or more stale data on cheaper and slower drives etc.

When we work with new customers (existing as well) we try to help provide architecture suggestions to reach whatever performance their looking for and within the budgets they have available. 
Tim Uzzanti
CEO
SmarterTools Inc.
(877) 357-6278
www.smartertools.com
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Kyle Kerst Replied
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Just to add some context on the mixed storage solutions Tim noted; the servers we use in Support/QC here at SmarterTools exist on a hybrid spindle/SSD setup I deployed via Storage Spaces in Windows and it has been both high performing and reliable for some time now. The infrequently accessed data ends up sitting on the spindle drives whereas the domain mail data and test files we use frequently reside on the SSD side and are readily accessed. Windows automatically catalogs and moves things as required, and after some initial moving around things settle down quite a bit. This is on the simpler side of storage options as well, there are quite a few manufacturers and software vendors out there that specialize in maximizing the results you get with whatever hardware you have available to you.
Kyle Kerst
System/Network Administrator
SmarterTools Inc.
(877) 357-6278
www.smartertools.com

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