2+ years uptime. Reviewed by Vlad from Grosse Pointe Park, MI on 01/30/09
1. Quite fast. I mean there are faster Areca cards, but for the price it is great.
2. ESXi U3 supported. You need to go to areca website to download the drivers. There are some tricks to make it work, but nothing impossible. Other ARECA cards are supported as well.
3. Has support for event e-mailing - failed HDD, login to control website, etc. Works under Windows, no support under VMWare.
Cons: Takes time to rebuild a drive. May have compatibility issues with HDDs. I personally experienced problems with WD RE2 400gb hdds. Had to disable NSQ. Fortunatelly these drives are not produced anymore.
Overall: I'm totally satisfied. I repurposed an old backup server. Supermicro H8DAE MB, 2x 280 Opterons, 16 gb of RAM, Areca 1120 with 6 400gb WD RE2 HDDs. All needed hardware is supported under ESXi - Ethernet, Areca card, etc. I don't care about sound under VMWare. Now I have a great R&D server.
Excellent card. Reviewed by Fred from Denver, CO on 12/17/07
Great RAID controller, easy to set up and maintain.
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