) I know some people here have Dell experience, so I thought I'd pop this
) I'm looking at some biggish Dell servers for a project, and I was
) wondering whether Linux copes well with the PowerEdge/PowerVault
Works a dream on PowerEdges (4300's + 6300's anyway). Haven't bought
any PV kit (yet) so can't comment on it.
) combination. I'm not looking at the PowerVault NAS systems (the
) rebadged NetApp filers), but at something like the PV200S, which
) apparently is just a bunch of SCSI disks in a box with a controller or
) two. How is that hooked up to (say) a PowerEdge 6350? Just a line to
) the 6350's external SCSI port? Does the PV appear as One Big Disk then,
) or as a bunch of devices?
The PV200S is just an external disk cabinet AFAIK. It'll connect to
the PE via SCSI (i.e. not FCAL) and devices will be seen individually.
) If I put a PERC2 into the 6350, can the PV be set to appear as a single
) device using RAID5? And is Linux happy with all this?
Yup and Nope. The PERC2 is an Adaptec based RAID card and these are
not supported by Linux. [Which is a pity as they are supposed to be
very nice cards.] Mylex cards make a good alternative.
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