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RELENG_6 on ProLiant ML 370
I'm thinking of buying a ProLiant ML 370
to work as a Samba fileserver.
If I get the box with a Smart Array 642 SCSI controller
it will cost a lot more than a version with the
"6-port SATA controller", whatever this controller's
chipset is or whether it can work two separate volumes
in two different RAID arrays.
I'd like to have the OS in a RAID 1 and the data in a RAID 5.
So my questions are:
Does anyone here run a ML370 with this 6-port SATA controller
successfully with FreeBSD?
Is there any reason, apart from obvious driver compatibility,
why I should get a SCSI equipped box?
SATA: controller: disk size(gb) disk cost
CHF 538 2 x 80 2 x 150
4 x 250 4 x 360
SCSI: CHF 833 2 x 36 2 x 380
4 x 146 4 x 730
With SCSI I get nearly half the disk space for double the price.
If the SATA controller handles all of this transparently
it doesn't matter whether FreeBSD has a driver or not,
but since I want to set up the box once and check on it
only when there are SAs it has to be totally reliable.
Thanks in advance for any enlightening opinions