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  1. Lance Joseph

    6TB Enterprise class HDD - $229 - 5Y warranty

    Hey guys, I almost posted this a week ago when the price was $250 but now the price is even lower! This is an Enterprise class 6TB hard drive that hits a particular sweet spot for those that are warranty conscious. Newegg is offering this drive for $269 plus a 15% mobile discount until 10/16...
  2. Lance Joseph

    Pluribus Networks - 48x10G + 4x40G switch ($1500)

    I heard about Pluribus Networks last week and found this switch on eBay for $1500. These switches run a complete (Ubuntu-based, I believe) OS and are highly configurable. I've no idea whether this is actually a really good deal or not but I'm sharing here nonetheless. Pluribus Networks PB...
  3. Lance Joseph

    Samsung 850 Pros fall over under heavy read/write workloads

    I've a handful or two of Windows Server 2012 R2 systems that can with some consistency, make various flavors of Samsung 850 Pro drives disappear from the OS. My test systems include a number of different hardware configurations. These includes combinations of Xeon E5 V2/3 processors with LSI SAS...
  4. Lance Joseph

    Intel X520-DA2 (low-profile bracket) - $100 ($60 BO)

    Found this: Intel/Dell 10Gb Dual Port NETWORK ADAPTER CARD X520-DA2 (E69818) $100 each. Seller came down to $60 each (for two) on a Best offer. If these are genuine, then this has to be a pretty sweet deal. The bracket/PCI-E bender can be removed / discarded. More than 10 available as of this...
  5. Lance Joseph

    SSD read endurance tests

    Tech Report did a piece a few months ago about SSD write endurance testing. This got me thinking that I've not heard of anyone doing read endurance tests on SSDs. It'd be great to hear of any experiences on this front. I'm going to be doing very read-heavy production workloads with some...
  6. Lance Joseph

    Single NIC, multiple VLANs - Server 2012R2 & Arista switch

    I've a Server 2012 R2 system running without Hyper-V. I'd like to setup a single-port 10Gbe Solarflare NIC to have two virtual NICS - each tagging a different VLAN. Is this possible without installing Hyper-V and setting up virtual switches? I've looked but haven't found any guides out there for...
  7. Lance Joseph

    PERC H310 - LSI 9211-8i - $50

    Just bought a Dell PERC H310 (rebranded LSI 2008 chipset) which can be converted to a LSI 9211-8i. Made an offer for $44 + $6.50 shipping came to $50.50. Might've been able to go lower. Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller PERC H310 HV52W 8 Port 6GB s SAS SATA PCI Adapter | eBay Buy three of these...