Help building low-power server with e-sata raid

Discussion in 'SBC, ARM, Home Automation' started by wlanboy, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. wlanboy

    wlanboy Content Contributer

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    I bought a ZBOX Mini PC and added a old 128GB SSD and a old 4 GB of RAM. Perfect setup for a small Windows-alike plattform.
    Main purpose is a running Windows 2012 R2 server for .Net / AD / IIS stuff. I really like the fan-less build and the low-power footprint of this bare-bone.


    But I would like to add a SATA based raid with two 512GB Sata3 drives (which are currently idling on my desk). The box does have an external e-Sata port so my guess would be that it might be possible to connect "something" on that port that would be able to handle 2 or 3 SATA drives. But I did not find anything below my hobby-190$-limit.


    Sharkoon does have a e-Sata raid box: https://en.sharkoon.com/product/1689/11353 but that is a oversized 5-bay solution. Maybe someone is allready working with a low-budget Raid-1 solution.
     
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  2. HalfEatenPie

    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

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  3. TheLinuxBug

    TheLinuxBug New Member

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    Quick correction; The SYBA JMB393 is actually self-contained storage processor chip which completely frees up the main CPU loading, and is not software raid based.  It can be used as a port multiplier or a RAID card based on the configuration you used for it.  I currently use it as a raid5 controller for 5x2TB SATA on my pcDuino Nano A20 as it is limited to a single SATA port.


    Before I add anything else though, I just want to mention it is SATA II and will likely not work for your needs (SATA 3, I am assuming you want 6Gb/s while this only supports 3Gb/sec).


    If all you wanted was to add additional storage (which doesn't look to be the case here) you could also just get a $25 SATA II port multiplier off of ebay (dont have a link currently but if you search you will find it quickly).


    I can't currently think of something to offer for your needs as honestly I have built most of my storage solutions my self, so I haven't looked much at the Pre-built NAS boxes that are out there.  I think @KuJoe has messed with a few though? Could be wrong...


    Cheers!
     
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  4. wlanboy

    wlanboy Content Contributer

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    Thank you for the link. Looks like the perfect product for a tower-based solution.
    Don't know how I should manage the power supply with my minimal barebone. 


    Klicked through Newegg and found something interesting:


    http://www.sansdigital.com/mobileraid/mr2utplusb.html


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  5. TheLinuxBug

    TheLinuxBug New Member

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    Was looking around and found two board which I thought may be interesting for this thread: 


    LeMaker Cello($299.00 & still need to purchase DDR3 Ram)  and the NVIDIA JETSON TK1 ($192.99 w 2GB Ram)


    LeMaker Cello


    SoC


    AMD Opteron A1100 Series


    CPU


    Quad-core ARM Cortex-A57 64 bit


    DRAM


    Two DDR3 SO-DIMM sockets


    SATA


    Two SATA ports


    USB


    Two USB 3.0 ports


    Console


    USB-micro port for console support


    Ethernet


    1 GBe Ethernet


    PCIe


    x16 PCIe G3 slot


    JTAG


    10-Pin JTAG headers


    Expansion Interface


    Linaro 96Bords Expansion slot


    Dimension


    Standard 160 x 120 mm 96Boards Enterprise Edition form factor


    Weight


    500g


    The LeMaker Cello main board is scheduled to ship in Q2 of 2016.


    It will however have Usb 3.0 AND SATA w/ Gigabit Nic and DDR3 sockets so potential for a reasonable amount of memory (more than the 1-2GB we have been seeing I would hope).


    NVIDIA JETSON TK1


    Model



    Brand


    NVIDIA


    Model


    940-7R375-0001-000


    Combo Type


    Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo


    Bundle



    CPU


    NVIDIA 4-Plus-1 quad-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU


    Memory


    2GB memory with 64 bit width
    16GB 4.51 eMMC memory


    Expansion Slots



    Mini Card Slots


    1 x Half mini-PCIE


    Storage Devices



    SATA


    1 x SATA


    Onboard Video



    Onboard Video Chipset


    NVIDIA Kepler GPU with 192 CUDA cores


    Onboard Audio



    Audio Chipset


    Realtek ALC5639


    Onboard LAN



    LAN Chipset


    Realtek RTL8111GS


    LAN Speed


    10/100/1000Mbps


    Rear Panel Ports



    COM


    1 x RS232 serial port


    HDMI


    1 x HDMI


    USB 3.0


    1 x USB 3.0


    Audio Ports


    2 Ports


    Internal I/O Connectors



    Other Connectors


    1 x Full size SD/MMC connector
    1 x JTAG
    1 x 12V DC Power

    The following signals are available through an expansion port
    -DP/LVDS
    -Touch SPI 1x4 + 1x1 CSI-2
    -GPIOs
    -UART
    -HSIC
    -i2c


    Both include real SATA on board and USB 3.0 and would be great for a server solution you could probably trust (more than a $15 board maybe :) ).


    Cheers!
     
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  6. drmike

    drmike 100% Tier-1 Gogent

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    Definitely interesting boards.  However, pricing on these has them up above Intel complete NUC and J1900 type boards with full cases and all.


    Not kicking either effort, just unsure if the value is there to justify those asking prices or even 50% of such.
     
  7. drmike

    drmike 100% Tier-1 Gogent

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    I'd be interested in build notes / photos on your A20 + 5 drive setup.


    How long have you been running it and how reliable has it been so far?