63 months ago
I am attempting a server build that is hopefully mostly compatible with VMware's ESXi. My budget is going to be around $3500. I know I haven't chosen a RAID controller yet, perhaps someone has a good suggestion for me. The specs for cases I have seen do not indicate if I need additional hardware for 8 hot-swapple HDDs. I am going to use WD Red NAS @ 6TB for my storage and eventually fill out to all 8 drives.
Failing ESXi compatibility, I will use a Linux distribution (Debian based) and configure ZFS on these HDDs; therefore I won't need the RAID controller.
Here's the list I have so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/whisperingsquash/saved/9w76Mp
Thanks in advance for all suggestions.