I am reconfiguring a working Apple Xserve (Early 2009) [Xserve3,1][model A1279][MB449LL/A] which does not currently have an SSD installed, neither the factory 128GB SATA, nor any aftermarket. I'm planning to replace the standard 3-drive SATA Drive Interconnect Backplane with the Apple Xserve RAID Card. The fans howl something fierce, so I plan to replace the Fan Array. I also plan to replace the single processor Logic Board with the dual processor Logic Board.
It seems to me that performance would be better, and overhead lower if I install a current generation PCIe SSD in the PCI-E Riser Card (ie, PCIe “backplane”), rather than install an Apple circa-2009 SATA SSD (which connects through the Front Panel Board).
Has anyone successfully installed a PCIe SSD in an Xserve PCI-E Riser Card?