Thanks for your input
On Adaptic's website there are Solaris, Linux, and BSD drivers which gives some hope. It is just that there is not a single hint about its pass-through capabilities which ZFS likes best.
As you mentioned-since the card would cost me almost nothing-I should...
I was wondering if anyone have experience with Adaptec 51245 2268100-R SATA/SAS 16-port card?
I can get this card at a close to zero $ and want to implement it in a ZFS storage box containing 8 drives Seagate...
Thanks for your input but your suggested parts specs/prices are way beyond my budget and needs. Actually I do not want to use fiber connections at all. This was the main reason behind posting my initial question here. I believe deploying fiber in such a small network is like walking...
Thanks dhluke for your input,
As Gea has already said I do need a SAN not a DAS.
I have been working with ZFS for a while and it is impressive in every aspect. Besides I do need connectivity and expandability. If I add another machine to my LAN and I needed that machine to access my DAS...
Yes. But this will exceed my budget if we add the cost of the server class mainboard, the drives, the extra 32GB of server RAM and the two L2ARC SSDs.
Besides, if I go SAS I should go SAS, Not NL-SAS, which is expensive.
This SuperMicro has built-in expanders in the backplane as told by SuperMicro's site here .And it was deployed by ZFSBuild here. So I should not need an additional expander. They have also used the same LSI card.
This feature is what justifies the high price of this chassis for me.
I know Solaris doen't support Thunderbolt so far. But if I decide later to turn that board into a Hackintosh it would be useful. No?
The LSI card I opted for is already an 8 channel one as indecated by the "-8i" portion of its name.
Awesome suggestion for the X9SRH-7T!. Thanks. I have found...
Yes, this card from Small Tree looks OK to me. And it uses twisted pair cabling which is really good.
Sorry, I forgot to type in the SAS card of choice. It is the LSI SAS 9211-8i
I have opted for the Gigabyte mainboard as it already has two Thunderbolt ports and two 16X PCI-Express slots...
I want a 8GBit throughput. I have a friend who has a 4Gbit link between his Mac Pro and a Promise VTrack and he is really suffering. I know it could be a misconfiguration issue for him, but I want the assurance of the higher throughput.
As for the budget; I plan on spending $5K on...
I'm building an OpenIndiana SAN to host around 20TB of video files and I want to connect this SAN to my Mac Pro machine so I can edit directly from/on the SAN. Any suggestions on the link I should use between the Mac Pro and the SAN?
The 1 Gigabit ethernet link is not sufficient...