Archive for July, 2011

Intel vPro to the Atom: Only a matter of time

As some readers know, a big reason for the slow content on the site is that I am busy writing a big piece on Intel vPro technology for a very big technology review site. As part of this, one thing I realized is that Intel’...


Backblaze Storage Pod Upgraded – 135TB in 4U for under $8,000

One project that inspired some of my own work has been the Backblaze storage pod v1 which held 67TB in a custom 45 drive 4U chassis. It was essentially a lower cost and lower performance Sun Thumper that utilized commodity part...



Quick Look: Adaptec 6E Series 6805E and 6405E RAID Controllers

LSI has been fairly dominant in the 6.0gbps HBA/ RAID 0/1/10 market for quite a while now. Early market entry, low cost cards, and a myriad of OEM wins have made the SAS 2008/ SAS 2108 architectures the de-facto standard for us...


Netflix raises prices (a lot) and what that means for SMB/ home server offerings

It is no secret that Netflix is a hugely popular streaming and DVD rental service. When it was announced that Netflix was decoupling the streaming and DVD-by-mail services and that one would pay more for the former level of ser...



LSI 9211-8i SAS2008 6.0gbps SAS 2/ SATA III RAID 0/1/10 Controller

It is no secret that the LSI 1068e controller was one of, if not the most widely supported SAS controllers around but 3.0gbps serial interconnects have given way to 6.0gbps interconnects. Unlike the LSI 1068e based parts, suppo...


How to Install/ Upgrade Memory and a BBU on a HP Smart Array P411

The HP Smart Array P411 is a fairly inexpensive 6.0gbps SAS 2 and SATA III controller. To enhance performance, the HP Smart Array P411 has a variety of cache options available. This is a quick guide installing a 512MB DRAM plus...