I have 1 file server and 1 email server.
both are Win2k3....one with exchange 2003
one with SQL 2000 but only 4 people using a small accounting program on it.
Both are Dual XEON 2Ghz processors
1 Gb RAM
15K rpm hard drives.
Ultra SCSI 160 controllers
File server has software RAID 1, Exchange Server has hardware Raid 1
Both have 4 disks each=2 for system files-mirrored and 2 for data files-mirrored.
I have plenty of drive space for my needs.
approx. 80-90 users.
These servers are going into production in a few weeks.
I prefer to use RAID 1 vs. RAID 5 because it is allowing me to keep spares on hand due to cost.
What, if any, would be the downside of doing so vs RAID 5.
If some say 'performance', is it really that significant with such little traffic on the servers?
thanks in advance