Like most vendors 3Ware pisses me off all the time but I don't think your spin on them is correct. Bullsh!t. This was only the very first 8500's that shipped and 3Ware REPLACED THE CONTROLLERS with no questions asked. How much more fixed can you get then that? I've never heard of the 66Mhz bus issue causing data loss. I have seen bad RAM cause what you describe but not the 66Mhz issue. Their firmware update fixed this for all of our systems (Intel based) since none needed the FREE 3Ware-supplied riser card. Either way, they fixed this sometime around the beginning of the year. I haven't worked with the 9000's yet, so no comment.[snip]
Agreed! The P/SATA drives die at a considerably higher frequency then the SCSI drives, resulting in higher maint costs. I'm still waiting a RAID-6 (or other N+(2+) parity) SATA RAID controller to mitigate the risk with all these drives dieing.
To sum up, I agree that 3Ware has had some hardware compatibility problems, but what I think they've done a really good job at is FIXING them. It's usually a hardware swap but they're very easy to deal with. Well, once you get past their TERRIBLE first level technical support. Actually I haven't talked to anybody since they completed the merger so I don't know if it's improved.