Trying Out An eRacks Samsung 850 SSD RAID + Core i5 Haswell Ubuntu Server
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 2 October 2015 at 11:12 AM EDT. Add A Comment
While most Phoronix readers are familiar with Linux system providers System76 and ZaReason, less of you probably are familiar with eRacks even though they've been building open-source systems since the late 90's.

eRacks mostly specializes in custom workstations and server builds around Linux but they also do ship systems with various BSD flavors too. eRacks from time to time has run some small advertising campaigns on Phoronix, where you may have seen their ads, while recently we have discussed some hardware testing possibilities and such. To try out one of their systems, I was given remote access to one of their QUIET2 2U rackmount servers.

An eRacks video about their QUIET2 server.

The server I was able to play with remotely had an Intel Core i5 4440 Haswell processor, which isn't the most interesting anymore, but making it more entertaining were having two 500GB Samsung 850 high-end SSDs and 16GB of RAM. The 2U rackmount server was configured with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

If you're curious how the performance is for this Core i5 4440 Haswell CPU or the performance of the Samsung 850 drives with EXT4 in a mirrored RAID setup, I've included some result files below.

1509304-HA-COREI544450 - Some standalone benchmarks focused around the Core i5 4440 processor on Ubuntu Linux.

1509307-HA-ERACKSCOR79 - Other benchmarks for this eRacks QUIET2 server.

1509307-HA-ERACKSDBT65 - Some PostgreSQL, Redis, and SQLite database runs.

1509305-HA-SAMSUNG8544 - Various Linux disk benchmarks of this Samsung 850 SSD RAID setup.

Besides looking at the results alone or using to compare the results side-by-side with any other data from past Phoronix articles or on our cloud benchmarking platform, you can see how any of your own Linux hardware compares by simply installing the Phoronix Test Suite and running phoronix-test-suite benchmark the-OpenBenchmarking-ID.

To learn more about the eRacks QUIET2 server, visit this page.
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