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i want to build a storage server to replace an xserve with around 50TB available storage. i see alot of server build out there. some of them are outdated some are not complete. this should give a mac osx admin all he needs to get a reliable setup without worrying about mother boards, controllers, etc...


  • smb/afp protocols (napp-it)
  • a good mix between enterprise hardware and $$ per GB :)
  • SSD l2arc cache
  • ethernet trunking to get ideal speed
  • rack mountable chassis

My thoughts so far:


i see alot of posts suggesting to use real SAS drives. from my understanding they are only available up to 600GB per drive. that's way to less storage for me so i will decide between SAS or SATA 3TB enterprise drives. The following dives are my option option:

  • Seagate SAS Constellation ES ST33000650SS ~ usd 390,-
  • HGST Ultrastar 7K3000 HUA723030ALA640 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 ~ usd 340,-
  • HGST Ultrastar 7K3000 HUS723030ALS640 3TB 7200 RPM SAS 6Gb/s 3.5 ~ usd 360,-

since the prices are almost the same i would go for a SAS drive. i left others like WD out of the loop since i have a long history with the warranty and replacement procedure with seagate and hgst.


from my research there is Norco RPC-4224 which gets introduced in this nice video. i feel though i wanna go with a supermicro for the good reputation. i am looking at SUPERMICRO CSE-847E1-R1400LPB which definitive has enough space for HDs and SSDs to build up a nice server.
open to suggestions here.

Mohterboard / Controller:

here i need help. since i am panning to use deduplication i might wanna get something more powerful: dual processor with alot off buffered ram and remote management. any suggestions?


there seems to be on rule. since zfs does the raid everybody recommends not using raid controllers. any suggestions?

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closed as not constructive by Zoredache, Chris S Jun 6 '12 at 18:51

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This may be closed as a shopping question, in case you're wondering. It's against good question practices as outlined in the FAQ... –  Bart Silverstrim Jun 6 '12 at 17:27
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Try Pogo Storage. –  ewwhite Jun 6 '12 at 21:54

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