HP ProLiant ML110 Generation9 Server

 I am considering HP ProLiant ML110 Generation9 server with eight 2.5"  hot plug HD bays.
 I see the information on http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetHTML.aspx?docname=c04545452.
 However it is hard to find a specific HP part number that meets my requirements:
 (1) 1 CPU
 (2) 8 2.5" hot-plug bays in front

 I also want to know that if I purchase a ProLiant ML110 G9 server, can I install my own LSI MegaRAID SAS 9361-8i - storage controller SAS 12Gbps along with Seagate ST600MX0052 600GB 15000 RPM 128MB SAS 12Gb/s 2.5" Hard Drives Bare Drives?

When I purchased HP Proliant ML 110 G6 server (with no hot- plug) in the past, I was able to install my own LSI MegaRAID controller and my own SAS HDs.
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andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
Only two preconfigured models and both have LFF disks but there's a smart buy 799111-S01 that meets your spec if you're in USA by the looks of it. The factory integrated models let you pick what you want but they can take ages to come as HP custom build them for you.

799111-S01 comes with B140i fakeraid controller (Intel chipset RAID with HP's firmware on it) so good idea to disable it and put a better controller in it. LSI isn't supported but any controller will work except that the disk LEDs may not work with 3rd party controllers. Are you going to buy proper caddies for the 3rd party disks or are you going to follow the video on youtube that shows how to hack the blanking plate into a temporary caddy?

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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Based on the conversation with HP, it sounds like I will be better off getting HP firmwared HDs.
Since their HP branded 600GB SAS 15K 12Gbps HDs are about $850 (thought I found some new ones around $400  in marketplace), I am debating whether I should go with white labeled INTEL server so that I can get whatever part that I like.
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
HP firmware HDs when on HP controllers yes but you were going to put the disks on an LSI controller.
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
I gave up on HP lights. Too expensive per LED.
I don't buy HP branded disks anymore. Only enterprise grade HDDs or SSDs, from Intel or WD.

You can reuse caddies if you have an older G8 server, or you buy caddies of Amazon or Ebay.

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