I’m looking into buying one of these with a bunch of included hdd’s for farming but I’m having a hard time figuring out what type of HBA would work. I’m a little afraid that these things only work with proprietary stuff from Hitachi or something like that.
Anyone here who knows more about these boxes? Specifically an (economic) HBA to use
It LOOKS like the input is a SFF-8088 - you can use the H200/H310 - they have 2 INTERNAL SFF-8087 connectors so the cable has to be routed out of a back slot - or an HBA (not sure which) with external SFF-8088 to keep it neater - I use an SFF-8087 to SFF-8088 cable to connect my HBA (internally SFF-8087) to my HBA expander through its external SFF-8088 connector - the Hitachi looks like it would be similarly (but i can’t guarantee)
I’ve done some digging in the manuals and this unit comes with 2 x 3285196-A HDS HUS I/O MODULE
And from what I gather, these have Fiber Channel 8Gbs connectors, so that would be QSFP, right?
So then I could use either a 8087/8088 to QSFP, or just get a HBA with a QSFP connector.
The main reason im interested is not because of the cage, but because it comes with a good deal on 24TB of drives included. I might pass up on it because I just don’t veel very confident about getting this running. But, cheap storage space is very attractive
Also the HBA can’t cost too much, as that would defeat the value proposition.
Also from the specs, it says it only takes drive up to 3TB
I did take a look and i must agree that i am not sure - so you do need firmer evidence than i can offer - i just picked it up from a spec sheet in German on another ad
I have probably seen that box you mentioned - its similar to the price of the 10x disks without enclosure (but the supplier of those no longer has stocks) so its currently the best deal around i know of - if i was looking for i would buy it
I don’t have experience with fibre channel so i can’t say
I have bought from them before - a reliable seller - you get what it says on the can - you can always “shuck” the enclosure (lol) and run them outside if you are desperate - thats how i do them - i just don’t like enclosures generally because they can be noisy and USUALLY costs more