I recently bought an ARC1680-ix8, and I'm at a bit of a loss. At the time I figured I'd just get a SFF-8087 to 4x SATA breakout cable, but then it occurred to me that I may be able to get an internal drive cage with a single SFF-8087 connector. However, I've not been able to find many and those I've found seem to be out of production. In hindsight I guess that makes sense, since most people with SAS would have special server grade equipment.
Anyway, hope springs eternal. If anyone knows of a drive cage that will take 4 SATA disks, hot swappable, fit in 3x 5.25" drive bays, and provides a single SFF-8087 connector on the back... that'd be very helpful.
Every online store seems to have Intel's AXX4DRV3GEXP offering, but finding information on that is impossible. I don't even know if you can mount it in a standard case; somehow I suspect not. Anyone know for sure?
You could probably convince those guys to ship there. I ordered from them and they seemed eager to please.
Here is official word on the status of Areca ARC1880 series.
"Sorry for the delay schedule on 6G SAS/SATA RAID Cards. We have solved the fundamental problem on this series finally since it was announced to deliver months ago. Please be patient for few days after out final verification and new F/W updated."
This was received on 7/29/10
Something like this? https://www.techbuy.com.au/p/76805/3Ware/CAB-8087OCF-10M.asp
What exactly is the difference? Is it that a reverse cable connects to multiple SATA ports on a RAID card or motherboard, and goes to a SAS backplane, where a forward cable goes from a SAS RAID card to multiple SATA hard disks?
So 'yes' in other words?
New question now: Does anyone know if I can just connect my existing RAID set up to the new controller and have it just work? My existing set is on an Areca 1110.
very interesting question, it actually isnt listed in their documentation other than :
do you have any insight as to why they didnt go with the marvell? wonder if they are being intentionally vague?
my main interest is low QD radom I/o and how well it scales, the problem with most solutions right now with ssd arrays is that the low QD (1-3) isnt much higher than single ssd performance.
well the 9260 w/ fastpath key is definitely fast... i can reach 125k iops, and others have reached 150-180k, and this is with random 4k. it is just low qd where i would like to see some improvement, however with fastpath key on the 9260 it is probably safe to say it is faster than ich.
well yes soft raid is faster however for a hard raid (bootable being key for os use) you would be hard pressed to find a faster solution.
however, it should scale higher than that. that is my interest in the 18xx series, how they handle it. not really interested in soft raid at all tbh.
Marvell bought the Intel IOP line.intel is using lsi re-brands currently, same as their 6gb/s line right now. for the 6gb/s intel is definitely going with lsi hardware. you can even cross flash lsi firmwares onto intel cards.
interesting stuff with areca, wonder why they arent naming the roc...