On the heels of the $130 IBM ServeRAID M5014 deal, one forum member has brought up a deal on the IBM ServeRAID M1015 for $65 plus $10 shipping. As of the time of posting, there are approximately 75 units remaining. These are ultra popular home and small business server host bus adapters (HBAs.) For those that are not aware, Pieter has a great series on the IBM ServeRAID M1015:
- IBM ServeRAID M1015 Part 1: Getting Started with the LSI 9220-8i
- IBM ServeRAID M1015 Part 2: Performance of the LSI 9220-8i
- IBM ServeRAID M1015 Part 3: SMART Passthrough on the LSI 9220-8i
- IBM ServeRAID M1015 Part 4: Cross flashing to a LSI9211-8i in IT or IR mode
The key reasons that these are very popular cards:
- The IBM ServeRAID M1015 is a LSI SAS 2008 based card.
- LSI SAS 2008 based cards can be flashed to many different firmware revisions as Pieter goes in depth on this particular card.
- The LSI SAS 2008 can be found in servers for almost every OEM so there is very wide driver support. These are highly recommended in ZFS setups using OpenIndiana, Solaris, FreeBSD (such as FreeNAS) and Nexenta.
- The LSI SAS 2008 has eight ports and is a 6.0gbps SAS card.
Recently, the IBM ServeRAID M1015 cards have been selling for $100 or more, making the cache and BBU IBM ServeRAID M5014’s very attractive at $130 in many applications such as Windows Server 2012. At $65 plus $10 shipping the IBM ServeRAID M1015 is a fairly solid deal.
The eight ports use SFF-8087 ports, so depending on your drive configuration you will likely want either SFF-8087 to SFF-8087 or SFF-8087 breakout cables.
This deal was spotted by one of the forum members McKajVah from Norway, so a big thank you for bringing this up.