[CentOS] Third-party SATA-RAID cards suggestions

Thu Dec 5 15:56:59 UTC 2013
Keith Keller <kkeller at wombat.san-francisco.ca.us>

On 2013-12-05, Sorin Srbu <Sorin.Srbu at orgfarm.uu.se> wrote:
> Would anybody care to suggest a third party SATA-RAID card that works out of 
> the box with CentOS 6, without having to jump through hoops to make it work?
> The card should preferably be able to connect ten harddrives, but I guess 
> three four-port cards should work as well. There's no need for anything fancy 
> really, as long as I can create a single big software-raid on it at CentOS 
> install-time.

There's little reason to do that if you have a real hardware RAID card.
(I won't say "no reason", but it would have to be extremely compelling
for it to be wise to go that route.)

> So far I've tried a Highpoint RocketRAID 2740 and a LSI 9201-16i without too 
> much success.

The MegaRAID 9271 works OOTB with CentOS 6.4.  Every 3ware card (also
from LSI) I've used also works OOTB with CentOS.  If you are new to
hardware RAID, the 3ware interface is a lot easier to learn than the
MegaRAID's.  (I suspect that other LSI cards, including the 9201, work
fine with CentOS too; perhaps you can post your error messages so we can
see what's wrong, instead of replacing a working controller.)

kkeller at wombat.san-francisco.ca.us