[Box Backup] [OT ] - Products that connect many disk to a server?

Richard Hurt boxbackup at fluffy.co.uk
Tue Mar 25 17:47:47 GMT 2008

I am starting to use a small box by Coraid (http://www.coraid.com).
Its an ATA over Ethernet (AoE) RAID box and not exactly what your
asking for but its close.  I got the smallest rack mount one
(EtherDrive SR421) and it holds up to 4 SATA drives.  Basically,
instead of installing 2-3 SATA cards in your box you just need an
extra Ethernet port and your good to go.  It does internal RAID and
its supposed to also support expanding into multiple cabinets.

Like I said, I'm just getting started with it and haven't had much
experience at all (and none with it and BB).  The build on the
hardware is just OK; it looks like some generic 1U server modified for
their use, not a purpose build box.  The only complaint I have so far
is the fan noise.  Either I have a bad fan or they need to update the
firmware so that they are temp controlled.  :/


On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 1:10 PM, Per Reedtz Thomsen <pthomsen at reedtz.com> wrote:
> On 3/25/08 3:18 AM, Tobias Balle-Petersen wrote:
> > Hello...
> >
> > I'm happily using boxbackup, but need to build a server with a lot of
> > diskspace. I feel that traditional RAID-products are expensive and
> > overkill (Am I wrong) in my situation (using disks for backup).
> >
> > What I really want to do is to attach a bunch of disks (8+) and run
> > software-raid on my Debian server.
> >
> > I have found these interesting looking products:
> > http://www.macgurus.com/productpages/sata/BurlyPortMultiEncl.php
> > http://www.datoptic.com/cgi-bin/web.cgi?product=RM12_S2P&detail=yes
> >
> >
> > Any suggestions or comments on the subject from other bb-users?
> In looking around a bit I found this:
> http://www.norcotek.com/item_detail.php?categoryid=12&modelno=ds1220
> which is a 12-bay eSata enclosure, which can be had for $840 (without
> drives). I have no experience with Norco or any affiliation with them at
> all, so I don't know if they are any better or worse than other stuff...
> If I were building a backup server today, that's probably what I'd do: a
> server with one or more eSata controllers, and one or more boxes like
> this. Load on bb store server is very low (at least in my case), so
> there is no reason to worry too much about CPU, etc.
> My $0.02,
> Per
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