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I've read a lot of things about a lot of RAID controllers, and many of the big brands (LSI, 3ware, Adaptec, Areca) have equally been praised and cursed, and have had their products called into question. Bad firmware, bad management software, drive incompatibilities, even bad QA on the hardware itself.

So in SANs and in data centres, what cards are used most often? OEM cards such as Dell's PERC series and HP's P series, or the brands mentioned above? How popular are cards from "whiteboxers" such as Supermicro (their UIO line, for example)?
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In our Dells we have Dell OEM cards, in our HPs we have HP OEM cards, in our IBMs we have IBM OEM cards, in our Sun kit we have Sun OEM cards. Many of these cards are LSI-based, but the older Dells are Adaptec etc

You get the picture. The best advice is usually to go with the OEM cards and buy the cards with the servers & SANs and specify the purpose you want - because then you have a single vendor to shout at if things don't work right.
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Yeah I guessed that would be the case. So, what's the market for the likes of Areca and Adaptec, if most of the cards shipped in servers are OEM units? I can't see the likes of an Areca 1880ix-24 being bought for a Mac Pro, and Areca are obviously making money.

Also, what controllers are used in SANs? The same LSI-based controller chips?
Edited by parityboy - 2/20/11 at 3:59pm
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In our Dells we have Dell OEM cards, in our HPs we have HP OEM cards, in our IBMs we have IBM OEM cards, in our Sun kit we have Sun OEM cards. Many of these cards are LSI-based, but the older Dells are Adaptec etc

You get the picture. The best advice is usually to go with the OEM cards and buy the cards with the servers & SANs and specify the purpose you want - because then you have a single vendor to shout at if things don't work right.
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The reason I'm so curious? The Areca cards have a built in Ethernet port for out-of-band management. That sort of feature is enterprise-class/datacentre-class IMHO, so if the majority of cards in use are OEM units shipped in servers, who are Areca selling to? Are those OEM cards getting pulled?
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