Lizardo is planning to build an 8-drive JBOD and connect to it with a Qlogic SANBLADE 2100F. 2 BP-4D's were set up with headers on the in/out ports for each drives. The drives can be conected in any configuration on both ports. Just a few tests to show everything works properly before shipping...
Testing with 8 9.1G 7200rpm drives suggests that he will be getting some nice I/O with this setup!
This is an Interphase 5526 32-bit Fibre Channel HBA that was originally bought with a SC-SC fibre optic interface. After making sure that the soldering iron was well-grounded, the gbic was removed from the HBA. The data pins on the GBIC were identified, and header pins were installed on the board. This is now one of the first completely internal fibre channel setups! The need for a second GBIC or MIA and fibre optic cable was eliminated! It's still nice to use fibre when your storage devices are a long distance away.
This is a 2-drive controller with optical input. This was built for Diego, who is building an ultra-high speed T-bird system, with 2 18G IBM 10krpm drives. As you can see, it will play nice with his Qlogic 2100F. More pics below....
Stay tuned for more custom action!