SAS Drive Enclosure

Graham Johnston johnstong at
Wed May 27 13:06:09 UTC 2015

I am primarily wanting something that will act like a DELL MD1200, SAS connected to a server, then run a clustered filesystem on the server(s) which will serve up NFS or iSCSI to client devices.

Graham Johnston
Network Planner
Westman Communications Group
johnstong at
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-----Original Message-----
From: Jameson, Daniel [mailto:Daniel.Jameson at] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 3:11 PM
To: Ray Van Dolson; Graham Johnston
Cc: 'nanog at'
Subject: RE: SAS Drive Enclosure

What are you thinking for connectivity,  Ethernet,  FiberChannel, Infiniband ...  Building *Storage Nodes* or in need of just drive connectivity?

-----Original Message-----
From: NANOG [mailto:nanog-bounces at] On Behalf Of Ray Van Dolson
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 2:53 PM
To: Graham Johnston
Cc: 'nanog at'
Subject: Re: SAS Drive Enclosure

On Tue, May 26, 2015 at 07:19:59PM +0000, Graham Johnston wrote:
> I am looking for information about SAS drive enclosures, is there a 
> list like NANOG that covers that area of IT?
> I am specifically looking for an enclosure that can handle 12 or more 
> drives, I am looking to create a clustered file system between 
> multiple servers and would like to avoid a drive enclosure that only 
> works with a very small number of approved drives.  I am looking to 
> support traditional HDDs as well as SSDs.

There were discussions at some point about setting up a storage-centric list via SNIA or something else fairly 'neutral'.  Never really materialized, however.

Lists like lopsa-tech and the LISA/USENIX SAGE list are general enough you might get some good responses.

WRT your question, we've had good luck with the Dell MD1200 line of JBODs.


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