I"m looking to buy a hardware RAID card for my Linux computer which I'm building, and I'm specifically considering this Intel model.
I'm planning on running multiple RAID arrays in my computer: a RAID-0 array for two SSDs and another RAID array for some HDDs. (It might be RAID-5, as I want a good mix on speed, redundancy, and low cost) The card supports more inputs than I need, so I'm not going to be running out of ports.
Are RAID cards generally designed to be able to handle these kind of setups? Do I need to buy another RAID card to run each array separately?
Since I've never done RAID before but have studied it pretty extensively to understand how it works, I'm kind of new to this. Do I configure the RAID setup in BIOS with a card like this? Do I need to install some kind of firmware or driver to get this thing working?
Note: this isn't a shopping list, it's a legitimate question about how RAID cards work.