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Vmware Shared Storage using SAS (8088)


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Hi All,


I am concepting a white box san currently for my home lab (2 hosts and shared storage) Currently I am using an old QNAP NAS with ISCSI for my shared storage, however, I am looking to get a bit more throughput from the shared storage to the hosts.


I have been looking at the Adaptec 78165 (https://storage.microsemi.com/en-us/sup ... asr-78165/) which internally can breakout to 4xSATA ports which is fine. I would install an HBA with SFF8088 on each host (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/132133833501) yup I know Sata2 due to not using SSD's.


Unfortunately, there are only 2 cards out there with more than 1 external SAS ports with SAS onboard. The LSI 8888ELP and Adaptec 78165. The 8888ELP will not allow all 4 SAS ports to be functional at the same time as its either internal or external ports that are active. (LSI Card – https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 67S4786464)




Question is, Im pretty sure that the Adaptec 78165 will see the drives I put in (2x1tb in R1) as there is a JBOD option. my question is does XPEnology support transporting of iscsi over the 8088 connector to the other HBA's in the hosts as opposed to ISCSI over ethernet?





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