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USB3 PCI-E for Proliant Servers

Posted on 2011-09-28
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I am looking for a stable and safe USB 3.0 PCI-E Card to install into Proliant ML350 G5 and G6 Servers? I was thinking of the Unitek 2 Port card. It's got firmware and drivers from this month.

Compatible with Windows 2008/R2 32 and 64 Bit.

Thanks in advance.
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We have been using a StarTech PEXUSB3S2 PCI-E card in one of our servers that is operating as an iSCSI target for a set of clustered VMs. All of the VMs on that cluster are backing up to a StarTech 4 drive USB 3 dock attached to that card.

We have lost count, but the volume of data that has passed through that card and dock is probably into the 1,000s of Terabytes.

Philip
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I don't think we can get those in NZ, but if they used the same chipset is it likely to be fairly safe to assume they are safe to use?

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by:Philip Elder
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Heh ... we are on the same page.

Our servers are Intel white box (S1200BTL with E3 Xeon).

HP may be finicky, but given that the card is not expensive it is worth the try.

Card throughput is about 80MB/Second to 110MB/Second depending on the drive model/maker attached.

Philip
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Ok thanks. I am not worried about cost, more about stability, but like you say, worth a shot.
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by:Philip Elder
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One thing to keep in mind is which slot to plug in the card.

If the PCI-E slot that you plug the card into is on a shared bus with another high I/O card whether plugged in or on board then there will be conflicts. Verify with HP that the bus you connect the card to is not sharing with anything high I/O.

Philip
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I couldn't find the recommended card and went with the one that was referenced in the question, and it worked fine. Thanks for your help.
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Good to hear! :)

Philip
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by:concern_support
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Hi,
I have another question: have you any experience with this card in vmWare ESXi v.5 ??
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