Experiences with NetApp DS4243

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UhClem

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Nothing unique about the -8E; any lsi2008-based HBA (with real/up-to-date LSI fw) is a valid testbed.

If your host is PCIe Gen3, just get a 2308-based HBA; that'll raise your ceiling to ~4.5GB/s.
edit: found some youtube benchmarks from artofserver, and a post on STH from Patrick himself...they seemed to max out around 2.2 GB/s
Either you misinterpreted, or their methodologies are flawed.

After all, your own test, while not ideal, still reached 2.8

Best to eliminate extraneous cruft.
Just do:
Code:
for i in DrvLtr1 DrvLtr2 ...
do
    hdparm -t /dev/sd$i &
done
and add up the speeds. Then multiply by 1.048 (hdparm does MiB).
 
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Preston Youngsley

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I'm curious if you have added more drives since and what power consumption you are seeing. Right now I have a r720xd, r710xd, and a r530 all of which are fully populated.

Am using unraid and the r710 is running like 130w avg. So reading in another post that this 424x run around 250w idle it scared me a bit.

But it appears with the right psu's these idle pretty low actually.
Idle the empty chassis pulls ~32.2W with 2X Deltas and a IOM6 Controller.
Fully populated shelf of 24x 10TB SAS3 drives -Start Up, disk startup is staggered with 2x psus running - 100w-300W Peak when all were spun up
Settled Down and Idling, no HBA attached - 200W
Unraid Startup / Array start up - 200 - 235W
unraid Array Idle - 200-230W
 
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aero

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I'm pleased to announce that with the 9207-8e I'm able to reach 3.7GB/s, which is the limitation of the current disks I have, and not the ds4246 or HBA!

Anybody want a 9200-8e? :)
 

nihonjin

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Anyone has seen any NetApp disk shelves with this controller:


It seems like a head unit more than a controller for the disk shelves. I got one with this controller, not sure what to do with it.
Just got a couple of them with those controllers, cannot help with any info tho
 

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They are head units so probably not useful if you plan to use netapp as das.

Where did you get your netapp and how much?
 
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nihonjin

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They are head units so probably not useful if you l plan to use netapp as das.

Where did you get your netapp and how much?
Just got 3 of ds4246, one with those controllers, the rest with iom6 (and a couple of spares), and a fas8020 for sell, thinking to keep a couple of them and sell the fas8020 and the other one ds4246 (perhaps)

btw I am in eu
 
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nihonjin

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Anyone has seen any NetApp disk shelves with this controller:


It seems like a head unit more than a controller for the disk shelves. I got one with this controller, not sure what to do with it.
btw if you find out if it's possible to use them on a new cabin without lossing the licenses, tell me it please.

and if there is any netapp guru here who could tell us, will be helpful
 

BeTeP

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Anyone has seen any NetApp disk shelves with this controller
It's an old controller no longer supported by OnTap v9+. It's dirt cheap. Probably not worth selling.

If you like to tinker - you could install Linux on it. It's Xeon LC3528 with 8gb RAM and 2Gb USB boot drive.
 
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Bert

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It's an old controller no longer supported by OnTap v9+. It's dirt cheap. Probably not worth selling.

If you like to tinker - you could install Linux on it. It's Xeon LC3528 with 8gb RAM and 2Gb USB boot drive.
I actually sold it on ebay, was able to fetch more than a used IOM6.
 

nihonjin

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have one ds4246 that the backplane is giving me issues, it doesn't boot no mater which psus or controller I do install, any idea how to troubleshoot it?
 

Bert

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have one ds4246 that the backplane is giving me issues, it doesn't boot no mater which psus or controller I do install, any idea how to troubleshoot it?
I heard that you can connect via termina through the Cat5 connectors. It might be easier though to replace the unit. It is relatively cheap to buy one without PS and caddies.
 

nihonjin

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I heard that you can connect via termina through the Cat5 connectors. It might be easier though to replace the unit. It is relatively cheap to buy one without PS and caddies.
don't know user and password... and don't know what I am doing wrong but I cannot see the boot messages (FAS2040)
 

Bert

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Reviving the thread and hoping that someone can help here. Is there a way to managed the firmware on NetApp enclosures? I noticed that there are different versions out there and some of them are lacking support for host managed SMR drives. Note that this is not about the controller, since swapping controllers do not change the behavior.

I assume there is some sort of firmware on the backplane which is controlling this behavior. Anyone knows how to manage netapp firmware?