Thursday, 31 May 2012

LSI SAS6160 Switch Compatibility List

We are in the process of setting up a number of Intel Server System SR1695GPRX2AC units along with our soon to be two Intel Server System R2208GZ4GC units to one Promise VTrak E610sD RAID subsystem.

Out of the box we are dealing with 3Gbit/Second SAS connections with the VTrak so we are not able to use the more advanced features the SAS Switch offers.

The LSI SAS6160 Switch compatibility list can be found here:

Specifically we are looking for a replacement for the Promise VTrak that will give us access to SAS 6Gbit/Second and the advanced features offered by the SAS Switch.

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Now, note that the Promise VTrak E610sD requires firmware 3.36.00. Our current unit is at 3.34.00. So, we are on our way to updating the firmware in the Promise before we can draw any conclusions as far as setting things up.

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As far as a replacement for the Promise the first in the above list is actually a NetApp appliance. We will be looking into their products. We have already been in conversations with IBM over their DS3524 dual controller SAS unit so we shall see where that goes.

For now, we are on the road to bringing a very flexible, high performance, and highly redundant hardware solution online to deliver Hyper-V Failover Clusters as well as a Private Cloud solution.

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,

We just deployed a DS3524 and its a great unit. It's made by LSI and rumor has it that Lenovo will have a storage offering as well in the near future. I'm speculating it will be from LSI as well.

We are a MSP.

"G"

Philip Elder SBS MVP said...

Kewl, we have already obtained all of the needed specifications from IBM.

Now it is a matter of getting our hands on one. :)

We are at the start of our partner relationship so demo product is unavailable to us.

We may purchase one sometime this summer to have first hand experience with it prior to offering it as an option.

Philip

Chris said...

LSI sold the Engenio business (which included the CTS2600) to NetApp in 2011:

http://www.netapp.com/us/company/news/news-rel-20110509-263500.html

AFAIK, the IBM DS3524 and Dell MD3200 are both OEM versions of the CTS2600, though with different degrees of customisation.

Chris.