Originally Posted by mcturkey ServeTheHome
are great resources for this kind of thing. As has been stated, there aren't a ton of people on here who use ZFS. If you're noise/power sensitive, you will need to build yourself rather than using 2-generation old hardware that's dirt cheap on eBay. You can get the noise of that stuff down to tolerable levels, but the power consumption will still be high.
If you're just looking for an external array, grab a SAS card (assuming you don't already have a PERC card in there) and pick up a cheap 16-bay expansion chassis
Just what I was looking for!
Awesome links man!!!
See what I ultimately want to do is have each internal drive on a seperate controller. The way the PERC 5/i works is you CANNOT disable raid. I'm using ZFS mirroring from drive A -> drive B. The way I get around the raid being on is put EACH drive in its OWN raid 0. That's the only way to get standalone drives that the OS will see independently. SO, with that being said....... I want to purchase a compatible SAS card (not sure which kind yet) so I can connect drive A -> PERC 5/i, drive B -> PCI-e SAS card so they are completely independant of each other.
The thing is, I'm not exactly sure what I need to attach an array onto this thing? If I wanted to use the md1000 (which I can get for about $350 local without drives), I think I would need to connect with an external SAS cable and throw in a SAS card that has the compatible external port into pci-e slot for connecting raid to?? Is that correct?
I do like the array you linked me to as well, it would be about $100-150 cheaper than I can get the md1000 for. BUT the good thing about md1000 is a) it is worth more and I could easily resell and make my money back, b) it has redundant PS
On the array you linked me (the SGI) how does it connect to server? The same way I would need a SAS card?
The other important thing is I don't want to raid the array. I want to pool the drives in ZFS for 1 big media drive/filesystem.I guess my main questions at this point are:1.)
What kind of pci-e card(s) do I need to make an md1000 work AND ALSO allow me to connect 1 of my internal sata drives to separate from the internal PERC 5/i card? (hope that isn't confusing...)2.)
What kind of pci-e card(s) do I need to make an SGI array: http://www.servethehome.com/sgi-rackable-3u-16-bay-se3016-sas-expander-chassis-forum-deal/
work AND ALSO allow me to connect 1 internal sata drive separate from the internal PERC 5/i card?3.)
Which array would you buy being able to get the SGI for $175, or an md1000 with redundant PS for $350? (drives extra of course)