Alex Zbyslaw wrote:
Can anyone recommend a server to run FreeBSD with the following features:

1) Supports multiple (say 4 or more) SATA disks (RAID optional) - capacity is more important than speed so SAS disks are overkill.

2) Decent on-site support for the whole machine, so probably from a big-brand manufacturer. Separately purchased add-on cards therefore a no-no, so no Highpoint/Areca or other SATA controllers unless they come with the machine.

   3) Tower format.

   4) Working ethernet, preferably twin.

   5) USB would be nice.

We started looking at Dell's, having had success with 2850s, but with the new product line I can't find a suitable controller I know is supported. The 1900 has a SAS 5/iR for which I can find no definitive information; the 1430 has a SAS 5/i for which again I can find no "it works" info. (Note: not the PERC 5 range which at £300+ are simply overkill).

Has anyone got a Dell like one of these working?  Or an HP?  Sun?  IBM?



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Sun X4500... holds up to 48 SATA-II drives... Dual Dual-Core Opteron 2.6ghz CPUS, quad gigabit ethernet Only problem is they are really pricey as on can only order them with 48 500GB drives installed afaik.

Personally, I'd take a second look at putting a 3Ware Escalade controller into a server yourself... can't beat the cost/performance you'll get there. Our servers here are all dual opteron based boxes in rackmount configuration with 3Ware Escalade 4 and 8 port S-ATA RAID cards in them... knock-on-wood, never had a hardware problem yet.

My two cents anyhow.

Nathan Vidican
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