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Vendor information

3Ware ( card are usually well supported on Linux.
Theses cards are often considered as some of the bests hardware RAID controllers for GNU/Linux or BSD systems.
3Ware supports Linux and provide an opensource kernel driver which is part of Linux since ages.

Linux kernel drivers

There is two drivers for 3ware cards:

Driver Supported cards
3w_xxxx 3Ware Eskalad 7000 and 8000 series
3w_9xxx 3Ware Eskaled 9000 series

You should not expect any problems with theses drivers which are known to be mature and stable.
We don't know any current Linux distrubtion which miss theses drivers so no additional step should be required to get it working.

Management and reporting tools

It currently exists no opensource tools for the 3Ware cards. However, 3Ware provides two proprietary utilities for x86 and x86_64 linux systems.


tw_cli is a command line tool to manage and monitore Eskaled cards. It works fine with 7000 and 8000 cards, as well as with the 9000 series.
Latest version is, available in 3Ware applications package release


Here is a quickstart guide for tw_cli:

List available controllers:

server:~# tw-cli info

Ctl   Model        (V)Ports  Drives   Units   NotOpt  RRate   VRate  BBU
c0    8006-2LP     2         2        1       0       2       -      -

All arrays and disks from controller "c0":

neon:~# tw-cli info c0

Unit  UnitType  Status         %RCmpl  %V/I/M  Stripe  Size(GB)  Cache  AVrfy
u0    RAID-1    OK             -       -       -       153.385   OFF    -

Port   Status           Unit   Size        Blocks        Serial
p0     OK               u0     153.38 GB   321672960     VNRD3EC4C7J1SM
p1     OK               u0     153.38 GB   321672960     VNRD3EC4C7HZZM


3DM2 is a Web applications with an embedded web servers that allow use to do the same things than with tw_cli but graphical.
It's works fine and doesn't rely on insane dependencies like java, tomcat or something else.

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