SUMMARY: SATA on Ultra-10 - info found so far...

From: Nick Pettefar <>
Date: Thu Mar 09 2006 - 19:09:19 EST
I had a number of replies to my question, unfortunately most of them
were about using USB or else told me that it was impossible.

I have found a company making a SAS controller (Serial Attached SCSI)
card that also allows SATA (Serial-ATA) drives to be used and has
Solaris SPARC drivers: LSI Logic.
They say: "The SAS3442X, PCI-X, 8-port 3Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI
(SAS) HBA has 4 internal and 4 external ports and can be connected
directly to 8 SAS and/or SATA hard disk drives. Each port delivers up
to 300 MB/s bandwidth (600 MB/s full duplex) for a combined throughput
of as much as 2.4 GB/s (4.8 GB/s full duplex)"

Best price I could find on the net was $300 unfortunately, but this
still makes the complete solution much cheaper than SCSI and is much
faster than USB.  2 x 250GB SATA drives is about $300, making the
whole project about #600.  Cheapest big SCSI drive I could find is a
refurbished Maxtor 300GB for $495 + postage from

There is another company making SATA solutions for SPARC Solaris
machines: Sun!  Their new Ultra-45 workstation uses two 250GB SATA
drives.  Also the Sun Fire T1000.  I guess they know how to make it
work - I wonder who's controllers they use.  Anybody?

I'm still not sure about setting up a mirror using SATA drives.  One
person said it wouldn't work and yet I see various references to this
on the 'net.  Anybody?


On 28/02/06, Nick Pettefar <> wrote:
> We have a small web/file server which is running out of data disk
> space (it will soon need to store more than the mirrored 120 GB IDE
> discs I fitted can hold).  The machine is performing admirably and I
> don't want to change it unnecessarily.  It is running the latest
> Solaris 10.  I have been putting off this upgrade but now it is
> becoming critical!
> Is it possible to fit a SATA PCI controller card and use SVM to make a
> mirror of two 250 GB SATA drives?  This would keep us going for a
> couple more years at least.  Have any of you any experience of such a
> set-up?
> Regards,
> Nick
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