Also consider looking at the HP MDS600 enclosure.

They're available for <$1000US on eBay, fully ZFS-friendly and hold 70 x
3.5" disks. The only downside is that they were introduced as 3G SAS
units. I cannot tell if 6G is possible now (via firmware or otherwise).

Edmund White

On 11/13/12 2:08 PM, "Peter Tripp" <> wrote:

>Hi folks,
>I'm in the market for a couple of JBODs.  Up until now I've been
>relatively lucky with finding hardware that plays very nicely with ZFS.
>All my gear currently in production uses LSI SAS controllers (3801e,
>9200-16e, 9211-8i) with backplanes powered by LSI SAS expanders (Sun
>x4250, Sun J4400, etc).  But I'm in the market for SAS2 JBODs to support
>a large number 3.5inch SAS disks (60+ 3TB disks to start).
>I'm aware of potential issues with SATA drives/interposers and the whole
>SATA Tunneling Protocol (STP) nonsense, so I'm going to stick to a pure
>SAS setup.  Also, since I've had trouble with in the past with
>daisy-chained SAS JBODs I'll probably stick with one SAS 4x cable
>(SFF8088) per JBOD and unless there were a compelling reason for
>multi-pathing I'd probably stick to a single controller.  If possible I'd
>rather buy 20 packs of enterprise SAS disks with 5yr warranties and have
>the JBOD come with empty trays, but would also consider buying disks with
>the JBOD if the price wasn't too crazy.
>Does anyone have any positive/negative experiences with any of the
>following with ZFS:
> * SuperMicro SC826E16-R500LPB (2U 12 drives, dual 500w PS, single LSI
>SAS2X28 expander)
> * SuperMicro SC846BE16-R920B (4U 24 drives, dual 920w PS, single unknown
> * Dell PowerVault MD 1200 (2U 12 drives, dual 600w PS, dual unknown
> * HP StorageWorks D2600 (2U 12 drives, dual 460w PS, single/dual unknown
>I'm leaning towards the SuperMicro stuff, but every time I order
>SuperMicro gear there's always something missing or wrongly configured so
>some of the cost savings gets eaten up with my time figuring out where
>things went wrong and returning/ordering replacements.  The Dell/HP gear
>I'm sure is fine, but buying disks from them gets pricey quick. The last
>time I looked they charged $150 extra per disk for when the only added
>value was a proprietary sled a shorter warranty (3yr vs 5yr).
>I'm open to other JBOD vendors too, was just really just curious what
>folks were using when they needed more than two dozen 3.5" SAS disks for
>use with ZFS.
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