For small shops with one to maybe three partitions yes SAS will be cheaper both the drive itself and clearly the card to connect it. You can virtualize the tape DRIVE through IBM i to other guest partitions as well.

If you have one Fiber drive and one Fiber card you can certainly go straight between them with no switch. From a flexibility standpoint though you are *EXACTLY equal to SAS at that point and you've spent more money!

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis

On 8/19/2014 10:36 AM, rob@xxxxxxxxx wrote:

If that's the case, why would anyone ever go SAS?
Is SAS cheaper than fiber? Significantly so?
If you are talking one card to one drive, do you really need the SAN

Rob Berendt

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