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Any an all idea's are awesome so please if you have anything posted it up here :-D

 

Ok so my father and I are really needing to build a super server. As it sits he already has a server rack 48U Rack. It has two HP server's and a number of Sans Digital 8 Bay Enclosures. From what I gathered besides wanting to really get away from all the drive enclosures and have everything in one server. He has found that the HP controller card is causing the drives to randomly spin down because it thinks the temperature is too high. He's found on forums that they purposely do this if they are not HP hdd's. So were needing to build a new super server to replace this and make a house for the all the hdd's. As it sits he has 36 hdd's 3.5inch. So the new chassis we really do know this WILL NOT be cheap lol. So there is room for expansion were needing idea's for a 40 to 45 bay hdd server chassis. Also for all the hdd's some help on what kind of card we would need and how many. Because I understand that there are really no SATA cards  where I can slap two of them in and run 35-45 drives off them. Or I could be wrong and you all could help me out with this. I know the motherboard can be talked about later but I do know he want to run an Intel i5 on it. Depending on the room of the chassis and how many controller cards we'll need I'm sure we can gauge which motherboard and CPU would be perfect for this type of server. He's wanting to run a software raid through Windows Server but I'm trying to get him to use drivepool which it's perfect for my 48TB setup.

 

Thanks again for any and all help!!

 

-Aaron

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Any an all idea's are awesome so please if you have anything posted it up here :-D

 

Ok so my father and I are really needing to build a super server. As it sits he already has a server rack 48U Rack. It has two HP server's and a number of Sans Digital 8 Bay Enclosures. From what I gathered besides wanting to really get away from all the drive enclosures and have everything in one server. He has found that the HP controller card is causing the drives to randomly spin down because it thinks the temperature is too high. He's found on forums that they purposely do this if they are not HP hdd's. So were needing to build a new super server to replace this and make a house for the all the hdd's. As it sits he has 36 hdd's 3.5inch. So the new chassis we really do know this WILL NOT be cheap lol. So there is room for expansion were needing idea's for a 40 to 45 bay hdd server chassis. Also for all the hdd's some help on what kind of card we would need and how many. Because I understand that there are really no SATA cards  where I can slap two of them in and run 35-45 drives off them. Or I could be wrong and you all could help me out with this. I know the motherboard can be talked about later but I do know he want to run an Intel i5 on it. Depending on the room of the chassis and how many controller cards we'll need I'm sure we can gauge which motherboard and CPU would be perfect for this type of server. He's wanting to run a software raid through Windows Server but I'm trying to get him to use drivepool which it's perfect for my 48TB setup.

 

Thanks again for any and all help!!

 

-Aaron

What is the raw capacity of the 36 drives? How fast is his data growing? It may be cheaper to migrate to new high capacity drives than moving over his existing drives.
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21 hours ago, schoondoggy said:

What is the raw capacity of the 36 drives? How fast is his data growing? It may be cheaper to migrate to new high capacity drives than moving over his existing drives.


That's pretty much what I've been telling him and hearing from other forums. So I'm going to push him to try to get a server through his work.

Thanks again schoondoggy and if you want go ahead and lock the thread :-)

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Depending on where he lives energy savings alone could help buffer the cost of new drives.

If he is intent on moving all of his existing drive to a new server, SAS HBA/RAID cards with SAS expanders is a good way to do it.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Supermicro have various 4U solutions for this...

 

eg.

 

https://www.supermicro.nl/products/chassis/4U/847/SC847E16-R1K28JBOD

https://www.supermicro.nl/products/chassis/4U/847/SC847E1C-R1K28JBOD

 

 

Both are JBODs, so you'll normally hook them up to a server head of some kind. I've used several of these (44x version) on large scale ZFS deployments. They work well, but are very head - as you might expect.

 

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