So, I’ve got not only one, but two shiny new Drobo FS’s that I am migrating a whole host of usb drives to. For big files it’s alright, getting mostly 20-30, peaking at a steady 32 MB/s when transfering over. It’s not really fast, and nowhere near gb speeds, but it’s fast enough.
However, for small files, I am starting to think that there must be something seriously wrong with the drobos as I am only getting 100-500 KB/s. At this rate, the transfer is going to take weeks! These are files just below the 1 MB mark, and there are lots and lots (they are zipped disk images for emulators, if it makes a difference to know). Is this a joke? I know the drobo is doing its magic with calculating hashes and distributing the data across my disks (there are five of them) and whatnot, but still…
So … does anyone have the same experience, and any ideas how to improve the transfer rate for small files? I’ve tried enabling jumbo frames both on the pc doing the transfering and the Drobo, but it didn’t make any difference. My network is really simple, it’s just the PC and a switch and two drobos.
Edit: I just installed dropbear and ssh’ed in. Top tells me smbd is using just shy of 100% of CPU. Is NFS better? FTP?