In order to build a storage server , I just played around with a jbod box : supermicro 847E26_RJBOD . 847E16 is similar , just 2 ports less.
From amazon , it's about $2000 , not bad.
Basic spec: 4u , 45 bays for 3.5 inch HDs , 4 sas ports , 1200w redundant power supply.
This is the front panel , power button and lights are located at bottom left.
You could see 4x6=24 bays here.
Back panel , 4x3 + 3x3 = 21 bays.
Such an empty box , but it's pretty heavy , about 40 lbs.
A basic board for controlling fans , and sas expender.
Looks like 1200w redundant power supply is overkill?
2 Units total, and each comes with 2 ports (one in one out)
2 units at front expender also , but each comes with 3 ports.
Two in and one out.
Why two in?
Because it supports some kind of redundant interface (only works for SAS drives, don't try that on SATA drives).
All fans inside , are tool-less designed.
Brand : Nidec
Sas card for this box.
Pci-E 3.0 8x , comes with two SFF-8088 SAS ports.
Monoprice sas cables. It works.
If you want to drive this box with one card , you could use this way to connect the cables.
But for connecting the front expender with back expender , you have to use supermicro 's cable.
In linux , if the system used up sda~sdz , it would use sdaa~sdaz.
This is from lsi megaraid manager interface.
The list looks full.
Lsi 9207-8e is a hba controller card.
Different from other lsi raid card, you don't have to or you can't setup virtual drive.
This is what it looks like , when I format all 45 HDs at the same time.
Blue LED lights.
I run a couple simple tests on this box , with WD green drives.
When using all HDs , the average read speed is about 45MB/s , and write speed is about 30MB/s , not good.
I suppose , using 2 sas cards could get better performance.