External enclosure for RAID hard disks
Posted on 2013-09-26
We have an IBM server (low end one) that has a limited number of hard drive bays. On top of it, I've just learnt that IBM servers will not "allow" you to use non IBM-sourced hard drives. It is not to say that regular hdd won't work with my IBM server, but I cannot attach it to the casing because they need a bracket, which IBM doesnt sell (not here anyways).
So basically it forces us to use their hdd, which comes with bracket.
My question is:
I would like to use a RAID card (such as Areca) that has an external connection.
I am guessing that there are such things as external enclosures specifically for hard drives (does not need motherboard though). The hdd in the enclosure should be controlled by the raid card attached to the IBM. The connection will use an SFF connection.
But I am having difficulty finding such item.
I've come across an enclosure that uses "JBOD" system. But I dont know yet what JBOD is. All I'm looking for is an enclosure for putting additional hdd in RAID10, controlled by by raid card.
Can someone please advise and provide a link?
Personal experience and review of such configuration will be appreciated.