Again, thanks for your feedback, Sue. Late last night I came across IBM documentation for installing 5886 disk enclosures, including SAS cabling instructions and other references indicating support for IBM i on Power. So that appears to be a viable option. There were also references in ML list archives which were helpful.
----- Original Message -----
From: Sue Baker <smbaker@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, March 16, 2013 9:22 AM
Subject: Re: What should the SAS port on the back of the box be used for?
On 3/15/2013 3:25 PM, Nathan Andelin wrote:
We have feature code EJ01 installed for SAS Raid configuration. Does that help?
Yes, it does. Feature EJ01 for the POWER7 720 and 740 systems does
activate the SAS port on the back of the CEC.