I want to run a sata 5 drive raid 6 array (plus a system dive for 6 total) on my centos general purpose server. I know raid circa 2001, 10k scsi and adaptec, but the hardware has changed since then. I’ve been looking at the LSI based card because while I want to run raid, I’d like the option to flash to IT mode to run FreeNAS if the spirit moves me.
With the LSI family of cards, which cables interface (is 8087 a proper name?) to the drives? how many drives can I run off those 2 ports? Can I easily add to the array or is that something better handled by freenas? are any of the card “preferred” over any other?