"I have been considering ICP Vortex RZ and RS series and AMI Megaraid as possibles, along with the Mylex line of controllers. I would like some opinions, praises and even nightmare stories on any of these. I am not wanting to invest $350-$1500 per controller on another nightmare like Adaptec/DPT line. It should be obvious but cost is not primary, reliability and to a lesser degree performance are the key issues. In addition I run my controllers in RAID 5 with a hot spare, so suggestions should be for controllers that can do that RAID mode and ones that can be administered from a running Linux system so I can do hot swapping. I would also like controllers whose manufacturer keeps current patches available for the stock kernel tree or is in the kernel tree (for both 2.2 and 2.4, I use 2.2 mostly due to issues with 2.4) as I never use a canned kernel after the install is done. If you run Windows or some other truthfully Adaptec supported OS look for a few *good* DPT or Adaptec controllers on eBay when the swap-out is all over."
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