[rescue] Re: [geeks] SGI Origin 200 firewire upgrade - A littleOT
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Tue Jul 3 10:05:50 CDT 2001
Have you looked into PCI expanders? I know that a number of companies sell
PCI cards which then have a plug which leads to a second chasis that has a 7
slot (or 4, or 2) PCI or ISA backplane and a bunch of spots for disk drives.
I am unaware as to whether any are availible for SGI, Sun, DEC, or HP
machines, but I know they are availible in the Mac and PC worlds,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bjrn Ramqvist" <brt at osk.sema.se>
To: <rescue at sunhelp.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 4:58 AM
Subject: Re: [rescue] Re: [geeks] SGI Origin 200 firewire upgrade - A
> nick at snowman.net wrote:
> > > Doesn't the O200 have multiple external SCSI buses? If so, adding
> > > storage is a simple matter of adding a new storage array and hooking
> > > to the next free bus.
> > It has two scsi busses, one narrow, one wide. The narrow one does not
> > external, I'm not sure if the wide goes external.
> > Nick
> That's right, but none of those two goes external. The narrow bus drives
> the CDROM and, if you have one, a DLT/DAT-drive. The wide bus drives the
> internal system disks.
> The machine has only three 64-bit PCI-slots, and no XIO, which practicly
> renders it useless as a mid-range server, atleast if you want large,
> cheap disks. (assuming the old-fashion way if putting in a disk-box full
> of disks and a SCSI-card. Fibre Channel is another thing) I'd be more
> happy with a couple of extra PCI-slots so I could drive anything more
> than a disk-box (on one SCSI-card), a DLT autoloader (on another
> SCSI-card) and a Gigabit Ethernet adapter (in the last slot).
> Last time I heard, it was an enormous amount of money just to get that
> Gigachannel tower upgrade with those o-so-wonderful XIO cardslots.
> It's a wonderful machine, but it feels like it's designed to be too
> tight to fit everyones costume. We should have gone for the Origin 2000
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