3Ware - a light?

MikeM zlists at mgm51.com
Tue May 27 15:49:11 PDT 2003

Last week I sent an email off to the Sales team at 3Ware asking them about
support for their IDE RAID controllers on FreeBSD.   Today I received the
following reply:

Mike, FreeBSD is not currently supported by 3ware directly. However I did
contact our Product Manager on this issue and his response is below. You
can contact him for more details if needed. 

David Graas 
3ware Inside Sales Manager 


I'm new to 3ware.  So please bear with me while I get acclimated to the
product history as well as the support history with the BSD community.

One of the items I'm working on now to investigate bringing back BSD
support for current and next-gen controllers.  I will also prioritize
between the various flavors of BSD (Free, Net and Open), based on the
near-term and long-term revenue potential.  I'm also evaluating the pros
and cons of having this done in-house or community-maintained.

That being said, you need to know that this is not a short-term, quick
turnaround project.  3ware really needs a BSD business plan.  I don't want
this to be simply an open source device driver project.  In my mind, a full
O/S support for a RAID controller is a package of device driver,
configuration tool, management tools and documentation.

Mike, you also need to know that I am looking at this investigation without
any regard to legacy products.  This means that if my project moves
forward, it will not support the older 6000 series.  Our firmware code,
from my understanding, changed significantly that it will be extremely
difficult to incorporate support for the 6000 series. 

C. T. Chu
Product Marketing Manager
3ware, Inc.
cchu at 3ware.com

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