3ware 9550SX RAID card in ESX
3ware has recently released drivers for their newer (9650, 9690) SATA RAID cards for ESX 3.5 update 2.
On my windows machine the 9550SX card shared the same driver code as the 96xx series.
I have suspisions that they excluded the 9550 simply because it is not the most current model, and they are trying to encourage purchases of their newer cards.
When I look at the .xml inside the ESX RPM for the 96xx driver I see device id="1004" (which is the 9650), device id="1005" (the 9690), device id 1003 is missing (which is the 9550). Both entries are under the vendor id 13c1 (which is the same for my 9550). Both entries in the xml point to the driver module: 3w_9xxx.
Any likelyhood that I could just insert the settings for device 1003 and have it work? Since the Windows driver is shared among all 9xxx series cards, is that any indication that the same would hold true for Linux?