Vail loves USB 3.0 RRS feed

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  • Tired of being nagged about not having backed up Vail I unwrapped yet another Intel SSD and popped it into a tiny ICY BOX 2.5" USB 3.0 caddy. This is a bus powered caddy so I plugged the USB 3 cable into a USB 3 port on Vail's motherboard. The drive was showing up in the dashboard before I got back to my desk. I set up a backup schedule and it started a backup. Its write performance to the drive never dropped below 85MB/s and the whole backup was over in under three minutes. This is the fastest sustained performance I have yet seen from Vail. Now really I should not be that surprised as my system disc is a 160GB Intel SSD and I am copying to another, but it is great to see plug and play bus powered goodness with Vail's storage methodology not getting in the way.



    Sunday, May 9, 2010 8:51 AM

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  • This great performance motivated me to take the SSD element out of the equation. I have a 16TB DroboPro attached via iSCSI to the Vail server as a backup of files (i.e. not as part of the pool of Vail backups). I copied a 1.1TB folder of AppleTV TV episodes from the Drobo to the Video folder on Vail. I was delighted to see a sustained write by Vail of 80MB/s over the whole transfer. This is much faster than I ever see on WHS v1. The initial backups are slower; more like 18MB/s.


    All my data discs are WD Green 2TB so nothing special and machine is IDE as I forgot to AHCI in the bios before the install.



    Sunday, May 9, 2010 3:42 PM