[CentOS] Building a Back Blaze style POD

Mon May 9 15:10:16 UTC 2011
Jason <slackmoehrle.lists at gmail.com>

Hi John,

> you might look at these chassis, which are, IMHO, better engineered than 
> that backblaze thing
> http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/4U/847/SC847E16-R1400U.cfm
> this supports 36 SAS/SATA drives in a 4U (24 in front, 12 in back) and 
> has SAS2 backplane multiplexers so you don't need nearly as many 
> SAS/SATA cards
The only thing that confuses me about chassis like these is I always miss something that I needed to order to complete the machine. They all come with different things. In the chassis you mention. I would obviously need to still need to buy a mobo, processor, RAM, RAID cards... 

With cases like this I need to buy SATA cables too?

I can do a side by side comparison and see what works out to a reliable deal.

SuperMicro seems to be a great company (historically over the years), It seems the chassis is expensive for what you get? (About $1500). Again I should run the numbers for each idea and see how it shakes out. I can report back.