This question is for product recommendations for LSI MegaRaid cards. I have been using the Megaraid LSI 9260-4i SATA RAID card with BBU for c. 5 years with great success and, knock on wood, 0 card failures or issues. Unfortunately, the card has been out of production and EOL for c. 5 or 6 years now, so I figure for future setups I need to move on to another card that is in production, being supported by Broadcom, and getting ongoing firmware updates. I called into Broadcom storage support and was advised to look into using the 9361-4i RAID card with CacheVault daughtercard for future setups.
Street pricing for the 9260-4i was typically $260 for the card and $160 for the BBU.
I'm seeing pricing for the 9361-4i at c. $350 and c. $120 for the CacheVault daughtercard.
Note that I use the MegaRAID cards for mostly in-house operations, or for secondary and peripheral client servers. For primary client operations - SQL, Exchange etc. - I always use Dell servers.
My typical server setup when using MegaRAID is a simple one - SATA drives, either RAID-1 or RAID-5, though RAID-6 is possible where justified. Add an additional drive as a hot spare and ensure email notifications for status updates and it's a reliable setup.
I'd appreciate any feedback and recommendations from pros who have experience with these cards as to whether the 9361-4i / 8i is the way to go, or if you recommend I standardize on a different adapter, and which one you've had good experiences with.