[CentOS] low end file server with h/w RAID - recommendations

Thu Nov 2 22:18:11 UTC 2017
Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu>

On Thu, November 2, 2017 4:43 pm, Keith Keller wrote:
> On 2017-11-02, Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu> wrote:
>> If you have not Dell server hardware my choice of [hardware] RAID cards
>> would be:
>> Areca
>> LSI (or whoever owns that line these days - Intel was the last one, I
>> recollect)
>> With LSI beware that they have really nasty command line client, and do
>> not have raid watch daemon with web interface like late 3ware had (alas,
>> 3ware after they were bought out several times by competitors were drawn
>> down out of existence).
> I believe Broadcom now owns LSI.  LSI killed the 3ware line soon after
> they bought it, so the MegaRAID line is it from them now.
> Seconded on the horrific LSI command line tools.  Actually they have two
> tools, MegaCli and storcli.  They're both horrible, storcli slightly
> less so.  OTOH once you get your arrays configured you can forget about
> storcli (at least until a drive fails).
> There are Nagios plugins that can check the status of LSI controllers,
> arrays, and drives.  The plugin is nice even if you don't use Nagios;
> it'd be pretty easy to write a short shell wrapper that sent email if
> the plugin status wasn't OK.

Thanks, Keith, you just solved one of my problems (and I do use nagios, so
life is even better ;-)

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Valeri Galtsev
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Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
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