I've had a few issues running software raid on XenServer, and I would also like to try out VMware ESXi which won't easily be combined with a software raid.
Are there any low cost PCI cards that would run 8 s-ata spindles in raid 5 and is supported by VMware ESXi 4? Performance don't need to be great, but a few hundred iops and somwhere around 100 MB/s sequential transfer would be nice.
To clearify, I was originally looking for a standard PCI card, however I also have a PCIe x16 slot that can be used instead.
As for the definition of low cost, i was hoping for a little less than $400-500.