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ESXi is great product, however little bit picky about hardware. Can you please reccommend me some hardware raid controllers which work 100% out of the box and are also price-efficient ?

I know about this page - however most of the hardware in the list is pretty expensive. So I would be glad for tips on cheap and proven raid controller cards.

Not to forget - I am looking for running RAID 1.

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closed as not constructive by Ben Pilbrow, RobM, Ward, EEAA, SpacemanSpiff Jan 14 '12 at 18:33

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This is a shopping question and does not belong on serverfault, please refer to the faq :) – Lucas Kauffman Jan 14 '12 at 17:57
@LucasKauffman: You might be right, however, there is no place, where you could get such qualite information and it is also very hardware and server related. – Frodik Jan 14 '12 at 17:59
@Frodik Yes it's certainly hardware related, but that doesn't overrule our FAQ, which explicitly states that product recommendations are off-topic. – Ben Pilbrow Jan 14 '12 at 18:09

I have used hp smart array e200, in cheap scenarios.

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Frankly speaking, I was looking for something costing half price or less than e200. Probably "cheap" is too relative term ;-) Maybe I should have said "cheapest" cards ... – Frodik Jan 14 '12 at 17:51
Didn't find anything cheaper than that with the same functionality, frankly. – Vick Vega Jan 14 '12 at 18:28
cheap and solid do not go together – SpacemanSpiff Jan 14 '12 at 20:41
Yeah, choose only 2 from the following: fast, good, cheap :) – Vick Vega Jan 14 '12 at 22:40

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