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SAS Expander Comparison Chart

Cost Comparison for Rackmount Solutions
16 or More Bays (as of January 26, 2016)

Technology Comparison
Price Comparison, Tower
Price Comparison, Rackmount

In this comparison of popular storage solutions, SAS Expander enclosure costs are neck-and-neck with SATA Multilane and SAS without expanders, despite being the newer and superior technology. This is because the expander solutions require less cables, no adapters and less controller ports. SAS expander solutions are also faster due to being able to use the latest controller cards on the market. They also provide expansion capability by being able to daisy-chain additional storage as your needs grow.


SAS Expanders

SAS (no expanders)

SATA Multilane

Port Multipliers

Enclosures

16-bay Rackmount ($1699)

16-bay Rackmount ($1249)

16-bay Rackmount ($1249)

12-bay Rackmount ($750)
4-bay Rackmount ($350)

Controllers

 

LSI 9286-8e ($729)

see also:
Areca ARC-1882x

 

LSI 9280-16i4e ($845)

see also:
Areca ARC-1882ix-16

 

Areca ARC-1264IL-16 ($756)

4-Port PCIe ($170)

Hard Drives

16 x Toshiba 2TB ($1168)

16 x Toshiba 2TB ($1168)

16 x Toshiba 2TB ($1168)

16 x Toshiba 2TB ($1168)

Cables

1 x 1m SFF-8088 ($45)

4 x .5m SFF-8087 ($92)
4 x 1m SFF-8088 ($180)

4 x .5m SFF-8087 ($92)
4 x 1m SFF-8088 ($180)

4 x 1m eSATA ($28)

Adapters

 

4 port 8087-8088 ($98)

4 port 8087-8088 ($98)

 

Costs

$3641.00
total cost

$3632.00
total cost

$3543.00
total cost

$2466.00
total cost

Costs

$227.56
per drive

$227.00
per drive

$221.44
per drive

$154.13
per drive

Costs

$113.78
per TB

$113.50
per TB

$110.72
per TB

$77.06
per TB

SAS Expanders = comparable cost + the latest controllers + potential for expansion

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