Contributed by grey on from the hardware recommendations dept.
Hello my fellow OpenBSD Journal readers. I need your collective opinions and experience regarding a specific inquiry. At work, a couple of Linux advocates are trying to convince management to replace aging proprietary file servers with SUSE or Debian ones. I would like to use OpenBSD instead. We will either build our own servers or order them from a third party. I have found documentation on several OpenBSD RAID drivers but I would like to read about your first hand experience with these cards.
Which SCSI or IDE RAID cards have you had the best experience with? Any horrible issues or scenarios? Direct support for OpenBSD from the hardware vendor is a big plus for me. I would like to support the vendors who offer technical specifications and documentation to the OpenBSD development team.
Also, I have read horror stories online about people complaining that having a RAID array on a proprietary controller can lead to headaches later on. If a vendor stops supporting that card or goes out of business and your card needs to be replaced for whatever reason then your data is locked in. Have any of you experienced that?
I thank you all for sharing your knowledge.
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