One of these babies would be a nice fit in my Christmas stocking. It would be an excellent move in my desire to quieten my 9 drive array since I started working from home. It’s just too noisy. Currently plans are to migrate all the drives to a new SCSI case I just got. This will eventually go into the attic, attached using Gigabit Ethernet via iSCSI. I was planning on keeping a pair of drives for the root filesystem and boot. But I could net boot the system, and have one of these to act as the root filesystem. Onces booted the machine could populate the drive from an image on the iSCSI device. Daft really, I doubt I could afford one of these, and there are certainly cheaper and better ways to silence the machine.
Anyway here’s my planned migration
- Move all drives except 2 18 gig drives forming the boot RAID1 array into a 9 drive SCSI case
- This is underway, except I’m having cooling problems. I’ve been mounting the drives with some silicon rubber 3.5 to 5.25 converters. This really quietens the rumble, but had the added benefit of NOT conducting heat away! Damm!!
- build a simple system to act as the iSCSI controller.
- Move the entire case into the attic. Obviously after putting Gigabit Ethernet into the attic…..!!
I have good hopes for a quiet and still blisteringly fast system.