I'm looking to build a new NAS for a video editing business, and a hot-swappable server chassis with a backplate would inevitably make life easier.
These chassis tend to be SAS-based, which I understand is theoretically compatible with SATA3 drives. I also understand that pure SAS offers many efficiency and reliability advantages over SATA in a storage environment, both physically and in its commands/protocols.
However, since (high-end) SATA3 drives are easier to come by (and useful for legacy purposes) I'm curious as to whether they would experience any benefits from ensuring proper SAS controllers and connections right up to the SATA drives?
I wouldn't expect performance improvements, but I am interested in whether this would enable the system to provide any reliability/management benefits via SAS-based communication. A lot of Googling has only returned vague and unsubstantiated mentions of the possibility. "Nearline SAS" sounded promising, but I couldn't determine whether that referred to high-end SATA drives, or low-end SAS drives.
Since configuration may be relevant to the answer, I am currently looking at RAID10 in Storage Spaces (Windows Server 2016) with WD Gold 12TB drives.