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We're about to buy an external LTO-4 tape drive for our HP DL380g6 server, and since SCSI is on the way out, we'll buy a SAS drive, probably the HP StoreEver LTO-4 Ultrium 1760 SAS External Tape Drive (but feel free to recommend something else).

Now we haven't got any SAS ports available, so also need to buy a controller card. Would the following controllers work (listed from cheap to expensive)? Are these cards reliable? Or would you recommend other cards?

Lycom PE-123e
HP Smart Array P212/Z
HP SC44Ge Host Bus Adapter
HP SC08Ge Host Bus Adapter

If the only thing it has to control is a single external tape drive is there any reason to go for more expensive models?

Which cable do I need?

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You have a couple of options.

  • Buy the tape drive bundled with a SAS controller.
  • Buy the purpose-built SC44Ge SAS controller for your server.

Don't buy anything else. I don't even know what a Lycom is :)

The tape drive will come with the right CX4 -> SAS SFF-8088 cable or SAS SFF-8484 -> SFF-8088 cable needed for use.

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Lycom is another manufacturer of controllers. – Ernst Nov 14 '13 at 11:23
@Ernst I'd recommend the HP SC44Ge SAS controller. The tape drive includes the cables. – ewwhite Nov 15 '13 at 13:51

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