[OmniOS-discuss] Optimal Server Configuration or Disk Controller Recommendations

Josh Barton Josh.Barton at usurf.usu.edu
Wed Apr 6 17:23:51 UTC 2016

I am hoping to build a server with 15+ drives managed in ZFS that will run a 1TB+ postgres database.


15-20 drive bays (ideally SFF/2.5")

JBOD disk controller ideal for running ZFS

In the past I purchased an HP Proliant DL380P Gen 8 but it had a "Smart Array Controller" that prevented us from hot swapping drives. It also seemed to haveless IO channels than might be good when running a box with 16 drives.

What would you recommend for  either a complete server configuration or at the very least  a disk controller for running this environment?

Thank you,

Josh Barton

Systems Admin/Developer

USU Research Foundation

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