SUMMARY: SATA on Ultra-10 - info found so far...
- From: "Nick Pettefar" <Nick@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2006 00:09:19 +0000
I had a number of replies to my question, unfortunately most of them
were about using USB or else told me that it was impossible.
I have found a company making a SAS controller (Serial Attached SCSI)
card that also allows SATA (Serial-ATA) drives to be used and has
Solaris SPARC drivers: LSI Logic.
They say: "The SAS3442X, PCI-X, 8-port 3Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI
(SAS) HBA has 4 internal and 4 external ports and can be connected
directly to 8 SAS and/or SATA hard disk drives. Each port delivers up
to 300 MB/s bandwidth (600 MB/s full duplex) for a combined throughput
of as much as 2.4 GB/s (4.8 GB/s full duplex)"
Best price I could find on the net was $300 unfortunately, but this
still makes the complete solution much cheaper than SCSI and is much
faster than USB. 2 x 250GB SATA drives is about $300, making the
whole project about #600. Cheapest big SCSI drive I could find is a
refurbished Maxtor 300GB for $495 + postage from
There is another company making SATA solutions for SPARC Solaris
machines: Sun! Their new Ultra-45 workstation uses two 250GB SATA
drives. Also the Sun Fire T1000. I guess they know how to make it
work - I wonder who's controllers they use. Anybody?
I'm still not sure about setting up a mirror using SATA drives. One
person said it wouldn't work and yet I see various references to this
on the 'net. Anybody?
On 28/02/06, Nick Pettefar <Nick@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
We have a small web/file server which is running out of data disk_______________________________________________
space (it will soon need to store more than the mirrored 120 GB IDE
discs I fitted can hold). The machine is performing admirably and I
don't want to change it unnecessarily. It is running the latest
Solaris 10. I have been putting off this upgrade but now it is
Is it possible to fit a SATA PCI controller card and use SVM to make a
mirror of two 250 GB SATA drives? This would keep us going for a
couple more years at least. Have any of you any experience of such a
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