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cheapest HBA for esxi that supports 4+ TB drives?

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Hi,

I'm looking for the cheapest solution to attach nine 4+ tb drives natively in esxi 5.1.0 (no special drivers). They're going to be configured as jbod but I prefer using one hba for simplicity but i have space so a single/multiple card configuration not really important.

Any suggestion on which card to use?
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Hi,

I'm looking for the cheapest solution to attach nine 4+ tb drives natively in esxi 5.1.0 (no special drivers). They're going to be configured as jbod but I prefer using one hba for simplicity but i have space so a single/multiple card configuration not really important.

Any suggestion on which card to use?

Without any special needs you can pickup a 16 Channel card from LSI, 9201-16i or something similar. Won't do RAID but will connect your drives with room to spare for more drives.
Could also be two 8 Channel cards.
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