We're (stuck) using two or three Dell Poweredge SC1425 servers as ESXi 4.1 machines. I'd like to get a hardware raid controller in there that will be recognized by ESX(i) 4.1.
The add on slot is a 3.3-V, full-length, 64-bit, 133 MHz PCI-X
Budget is everything here. They just don't have $200+ to spend on high quality adaptec.
Anyone have experience with this: http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/SYBA-PCI-X-4-port-SATA-II-RAID-Controller-Card/4381430/product.html
? I don't even know if this is hardware or software raid, let alone something that would work with ESX(i).
Looking for suggestions of cards to consider, cost, places to buy used, etc.
This install is for a charity (fully documented and registered), so if there are sources that might be willing to donate the hardware, that's even better!