David J. Orman
2007-01-20 01:59:13 UTC
I'm looking at Sun's 1U x64 server line, and at most they support two drives. This is fine for the root OS install, but obviously not sufficient for many users.
Specifically, I am looking at the: http://www.sun.com/servers/x64/x2200/ X2200M2.
It only has "Riser card assembly with two internal 64-bit, 8-lane, low-profile, half length PCI-Express slots" for expansion.
What I'm looking for is a SAS/SATA card that would allow me to add an external SATA enclosure (or some such device) to add storage. The supported list on the HCL is pretty slim, and I see no PCI-E stuff. A card that supports SAS would be *ideal*, but I can settle for normal SATA too.
So, anybody have any good suggestions for these two things:
#1 - SAS/SATA PCI-E card that would work with the Sun X2200M2.
#2 - Rack-mountable external enclosure for SAS/SATA drives, supporting hot swap of drives.
Basically, I'm trying to get around using Sun's extremely expensive storage solutions while waiting on them to release something reasonable now that ZFS exists.
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