Dedicated Server Disk Speeds
Just picked up a 48GB Dual Xeon 5520 dedicated server with a 1TB disk.
Upon first login and a quick Debian package update the disk speeds seemed very slow. I decided to run a quick dd test (dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=4k conv=fdatasync) to verify and got speeds averaging 4 to 6 MB/s.
Thinking there was something wrong I wrote support and they advised they were able to get 8.1 MB/s.
Now I understand that this is an older server and I'm paying at a discount (about $350/year) but I'm now realizing I don't have a real idea of the disk speeds that are acceptable at that price point. I checked my other 10-15 shared VPS boxes and the slow average is around 30-40 MB/s.
To put it another way, I've never had anything noticeably slow enough that made me worry about a simple dd test.
What would your disk speed expectation be for this type of server?
** I'm not going to name the company because I'm sure it will be remedied and I'm not upset about having to deal with it as I'm coming from Delimiter so I'm a special breed of masochist. :-)