SAS- A solution to all of my storage problems?

Hello everyone,

This one has me stumped. I can usually google for an hour or two and have a viable mechanism for how things work, but this doesn't seem to have a direct answer.

How exactly do you interconnect SAS blocks (RAIDS or JBODS) between motherboards? I can see that you can use a single HDD for a single port, and that you can install Controller cards, but I don't exactly see how you interconnect, say, two/three units in a rack together.

This functionality would allow me to upgrade the server system that I am running so that it would be much closer to a local filesystem. Currently using NFS + LDAP to accomplish the same thing. By and large it has worked flawlessly, but over a single 1Gb LAN connection it's.... Well It's not as fast as I would like.

Any input or articles will be met with enthusiasm and (lots of) appreciation.

-t33ma
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  1. A lot of people connect SCSI RAIDS together with Fiber, others use serial cables.
    Most of the time they are connected with network cable, then through a switch into a central computer. or you can Cluster them all before you setup a raid.

    I'm sure there are many more ways.

    And if you want faster speeds, you can always installed 2 or more NICs and Enable Line Aggregation.
    Of course that last part was a joke... That's too expensive...
  2. I had read that there was an '8 meter cable' that would be the equivalent of the "Network Patch" except it wouldn't require a NIC as it would connect to a SAS port or something like that.

    http://features.techworld.com/storage/1319/sas-clusters--the-san-without-an-an/

    I was hoping that what is described here is possible, and what components I would need to purchase per-unit on my server(s).
  3. timmatimma said:
    I had read that there was an '8 meter cable' that would be the equivalent of the "Network Patch" except it wouldn't require a NIC as it would connect to a SAS port or something like that.

    http://features.techworld.com/storage/1319/sas-clusters--the-san-without-an-an/

    I was hoping that what is described here is possible, and what components I would need to purchase per-unit on my server(s).



    You mean something like this?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812120082&cm_re=SCSI-_-12-120-082-_-Product

    Except longer?


    Maybe what you're looking for is in this.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=SCSI+Cable&x=10&y=30
  4. Not sure I understand your question completely,
    nevertheless FWIW:

    You can insert an Infiniband multi-lane SAS/SATA cable
    into many RAID controllers with ports at the rear panel
    e.g.:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115062&Tpk=N82E16816115062
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115082&Tpk=N82E16816115082


    How you terminate the other end of those cables is really
    a design decision that turns on the type of storage
    enclosure you choose for your drives: some use a backplane
    and others use a direct connection to the drive ports.


    The Highpoint website has a neat "Cable Matrix" for mixing and matching:

    http://www.highpoint-tech.com/PDF/RocketRAID_Cable_Matrix.pdf


    There is one major feature about SAS connectors that you
    may want to examine closely: the signal connectors are
    "double-ported": this means that 2 different controllers
    can connect to any given SAS drive at the same time,
    for purposes of fail-safe redundancy.

    Also, there is a "key way" which allows a SATA HDD
    to connect to a SAS-compatible controller, but
    a SAS HDD cannot connect to a SATA controller.


    I assembled a few (poor) graphics of SAS connectors here:

    http://www.supremelaw.org/systems/sas/


    MRFS
  5. O_O

    Alright, so what I want to know is there a way to expand that "Double port" to an " x " port, x being some variable number of controllers.

    I want to use a cluster of SAS/ SATA Disks. So ideally I would have a SAS RAID card /expander controlling a group of disks, and then that group of disks would shared through that x port to a cluster thats mounted in the same vicinity. (Like a SAN but concentrated to one "Controller" machine that has the same bandwidth as the "Node" machines, in my mind.)

    Same kind of idea. I want to have failover across 8 or 10 machines that will be distributing a service via round robin or something (HA Cluster with failover)
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