Glad you were able to get a good working solution. I definitely think the 
Supermicro hardware is a big step below HP's offering, but you can't beat that 

Edmund White

From: Anh Quach <<>>
Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:44 PM
To: Richard Elling <<>>
Cc: Edmund White <<>>, zfs-discuss 
Subject: Re: [zfs-discuss] HP Proliant DL360 G7

It's been about a year now and I figured I'd send out a little update for 
anyone curious.

For density and cost considerations, we ended up going with a custom built 
Supermicro "double sided storage" chassis, which can hold 72 drives in 4U. We 
initially deployed 10 raidz2 vdevs for about 40TB usable - the remaining 12 
drive bays were used for cache, zil, spares. We have been very happy with this 
set up and are about to double the capacity with the JBOD version of the same 
Supermicro chassis.

I went with 3 LSI 9211-8i controllers to match the Supermicro's 3 backplanes.

In the testing phase, we evaluated Solaris 11 and Nexenta - ultimately we went 
with Nexenta due to the set of tools pre-written, although performance was 
slightly better on Solaris.


On Jul 3, 2012, at 1:49 PM, Anh Quach 
<<>> wrote:

Thanks Richard and Edmund for the input.

Looking at the DL380 now...


On Jul 2, 2012, at 7:57 PM, Richard Elling wrote:

On Jul 2, 2012, at 2:40 PM, Edmund White wrote:

This depends upon what you want to do. I've used G6 and G7 ProLiants
extensively in ZFS deployments (Nexenta, mostly). I'm assuming you'd be
using an external JBOD enclosure?

When I was at Nexenta, we qualed the DL380 G7, D2600, and D2700.
These are some of the better boxes on the market.

All works well. I disable the onboard Smart Array P410 RAID controller and
replace it with an LSI SAS HBA. If using internal disks, I'll use the
9211-8i. If external, the 9205-8e. Or sometimes, both.

FYI, HP also sells an 8-port IT-style HBA (SC-08Ge), but it is hard to locate
with their configurators. There might be a more modern equivalent cleverly
hidden somewhere difficult to find.
 -- richard

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