On 10/25/2012 05:59 AM, Jerry Kemp wrote:
> I have just acquired a new JBOD box that will be used as a media
> center/storage for home use only on my x86/x64 box running OpenIndiana
> b151a7 currently.
> Its strictly a JBOD, no hw raid options, with an eSATA port to each drive.
> I am looking for suggestions for an HBA card with at least (2), but (4)
> external eSATA ports would be nice.  I know enough to stay away from the
> port expander things.
> I do not need the HBA to support any internal drives.
> In reviewing the archives/past post, it seems that LSI is the way to go.
>  I would like to spend USD $200 - $300, but would spend more if
> necessary for a good, trouble free HBA.  I made this comment as I went
> to look at some of the LSI cards previously mentioned, and found they
> were priced $500 - $600 and up.
> TIA for any pointers,

Look for Dell's "6Gbps SAS HBA" cards. They can be had new for <$100 and
are essentially rebranded LSI 9200-8e cards. Always try to look for OEM
cards with LSI, because buying directly from them is incredibly expensive.

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