LSI RAID Controller and HBA Complete Listing Plus OEM Models

Sleyk

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Out of curiosity has anyone seen any OEM 16i or 24i cards. While flipping through the list I just realized I've only ever seen OEM cards for up to 8i.

Can someone sanity check me?
OEM like LSI/Dell/HP?

If so, there are plenty of LSI/Avago cards featuring 16 internal ports.

For 3rd gen parts, you have:

LSI 9300-16i (SAS 3008)
LSI 9305-16i (SAS 3216)
LENOVO 530-16i (9440-16i)

For 3.5 gen parts, you have:

LENOVO 930-16i
LENOVO 930-24i
LSI 9400-16i
LSI 9405W-16i
LSI 9460-16i

Going back to the 2nd gen LSI parts, you have:

LSI 9201-16i (SAS 2118)
LSI 9260-16i (SAS2108)
LSI 9260-24i (SAS2108)
LSI 9280-16i (SAS 2108)
LSI 9280-24i (SAS2108)

There's probably a few more.

Usually, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Intel, Quanta and Supermicro etc. all source cards based on these chipsets and just rebrand and rename them for their own.
 
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Jensen567

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Working on getting a new array setup on a Fujitsu EP420i (9361-8i variant), and have a question about cachecade.

I have 6x 16TB drives, then 2x 512GB Samsung 840 PRO drives that I want to use in RAID 0 as cache for the RAID6 array. Problem is the option is greyed out in the MegaRAID Storage Manager software. In the advanced software features I only see Fastpath, RAID5, and RAID6 options, no cachecade.

According to Fujitsu documentation it should be supported free of charge, but I flashed the card with the latest 9361 firmware, so wondering if that was a mistake.

Is there a way to get cachecade functionality working from here? I would flash Fujitsu firmware back onto the card to see if that works, but I can't seem to find it anywhere. Any suggestions? My old 9286CV-8eCC used cachecade with some 128GB Samsung 830 PRO drives on top of my 6x 4TB array for years and that worked great, was hoping the new card could do the same, just 4x bigger on all the drives. I can go back to the 9286, but running the cables back into the case was a pain since my drives are internal.20220517_190209~2.jpg
 

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I'm amazed we've entered the age of people running 100TB arrays at home while screenshotting with their phones...

https://www.primeline-solutions.com...ade-pro-2-0-software-lsi00290-l5-25188-04.pdf says 512GB max capacity, who knows if that is still a limit. Bet you can spend hard cash to enable more :) Have you checked the proper installation of the physical dongle?
Plus: There's no Samsung 830 "Pro", since that was the only model back then.
 

Jensen567

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I'm amazed we've entered the age of people running 100TB arrays at home while screenshotting with their phones...

https://www.primeline-solutions.com...ade-pro-2-0-software-lsi00290-l5-25188-04.pdf says 512GB max capacity, who knows if that is still a limit. Bet you can spend hard cash to enable more :) Have you checked the proper installation of the physical dongle?
Plus: There's no Samsung 830 "Pro", since that was the only model back then.
Heh, I post from the phone, so just faster than using snipping tool or similar.

EP420i has no physical dongle, says it is supported free of charge by the controller firmware in the datasheet, which is why I suspect flashing the 9361 firmware is what is causing the issues. Fujitsu's support website doesn't list the firmware for the EP420i from what I can find.

The 512GB limit would honestly be fine, but it won't let me setup any CacheCade configurations at all. Guessing because of the licensing issue, so that is likely what I need to resolve.

Good point on the old 830s, they were the very first SSDs I ever bought back around 2012. Still going strong. Once I officially retire them from cache duty they will just become flash drives.
 

Jensen567

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I managed to find the Fujitsu firmware. Further reading pointed me to PRIMERGY servers, took me a few tries going through the product selector, but the BX400 S1 series, 2560 M2 does have it in there. Direct link for anyone else that might end up with an EP420i and want OEM Fujitsu firmware.


Will give that a flash tomorrow and report back if CacheCade is activated.
 

Jensen567

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Tried out the Fujitsu firmware, same situation, does not show CacheCade in the advanved software options and cannot create an SSD cache.

I have an LSI00290 key, but this card has no spot for one since it is supposed to be enabled by default from what I can see in the documentation.

Going to edit this one to add more info. Found some 30 day trial activation keys, tried them and those worked. Any suggestions for enabling the feature permanently without calling up broadcom to pay for a permanent key since the card should have it?

Also, I took real screenshots this time.

Trial Key CacheCade.PNG

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