Language

Upgrade ESXi Server 5 for RAID operation (ASUS KC MA-D8 with ASUS Pike)

As already indicated, the KCMA-D8 is capable of running a RAID daughter card control to support hardware RAID. The time to do this has now arrived. My ESXi has been running for quite some time with 4 2GB hard drives from Hitachi that are designed to run in a RAID. ASUS provides for its motherboard various models of the Pike card:
– ASUS Pike 2008 for RAID levels 0,1,10
– ASUS Pike 2008/IMR for RAID levels 0,1,5,10
– ASUS Pike 2008 for RAID levels 0,1,5,10 and onboard cache
Unfortunately, there is little evidence or even tests on the net about the performance influence on the vmware guest of running a RAID on the ESXi host

Maybe I’ll try different RAID levels once, only to be able to run a performance test. That is, 4 drives in RAID 0, RAID 10 and RAID 5

5 Responses to “Upgrade ESXi Server 5 for RAID operation (ASUS KC MA-D8 with ASUS Pike)”

  • Shaik:

    The problem I have is none of these support SATA II and PIKE 1078 is discontinued, let me know what you use, thanks

    – ASUS Pike 2008 for RAID levels 0,1,10
    – ASUS Pike 2008/IMR for RAID levels 0,1,5,10
    – ASUS Pike 2008 for RAID levels 0,1,5,10 and onboard cache

  • Shaik:

    Sorry, I was wrong. I checked with Asus and they said they are compatible with SATA II.

  • And … the PIKE wich I bougth and installed works fine. Sometimes is mentioned that the PIKE is just a rebranded LSI board.

    As said, works as a charme. I did a new installation with ESXi 5.0.1

    andreasw.

  • Hi all, does anyone know the differences between to 2008/IMR and the 2108.

    andreasw: which card were you using?

    Thanks.
    Andrew,

    • Hi,

      ASUS PIKE 2008 supports RAID 0, 1, 10 and 1E; PIKE 2008/IMR supports RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 and 50; PIKE 2108 is a hardware RAID solution, which can support high performance RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 6, 50 and 60.

      And I am using the 2108.

      Regards,
      Andreas.

Leave a Reply