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Transform Data Centre Storage Architecture with PMC's PCIe Gen3 RAID adapters

6th September 2012
ES Admin
PMC has today unveiled the industry’s first PCIe Gen3 high port-count 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapters. The Adaptec Series 7 y unveiled family represents the first RAID adapters to take full advantage of PCIe Gen3 bandwidth, providing unmatched performance for a broad range of enterprise and cloud “This new series of adapters illustrates our continuing commitment to delivering storage innovations that fulfil customer’s needs from the most demanding data centre applications to entry-level storage servers,” said Jared Peters, vice president of Server Storage Solutions at PMC. “By offering the industry’s first native 16 and 24-port RAID solutions our customers can now directly attach up to 24 SSDs or HDDs with a single adapter, eliminating the need for multi-component architectures and taking full advantage of the latest PCIe Gen3 interface.”

The Adaptec Series 7 family offers up to 16-ports in a low-profile MD2 form factor and up to 24-ports in a full-height half-length form factor by utilizing PMC’s revolutionary 24-port RAID on Chip and High Density Mini-SAS connectors. Other advanced technologies incorporated into the Adaptec Series 7 family include:

•Adaptec maxCache 3.0, third-generation caching software, which utilises SSDs for read and write caching to improve IOPs by 25x, reduces latency by 25x in read-intensive applications, and improves IOPs by 14x in write-intensive applications;
•Third-generation Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection, which uses flash memory to protect cached data, eliminating the installation, monitoring, maintenance, disposal and replacement costs associated with lithium-ion battery backup units;
•New industry standard High Density Mini SAS connectors and cables for ease-of use, fit, and function in dense server environments;
•Adaptec maxView, which simplifies monitoring and configuring RAID adapters in a system through a convenient web-based interface that runs on any browser (including mobile);
•PMC’s PM8015 RAID-on-Chip, which combines an x8 PCIe Gen3 SAS interface with 24 ports of 6Gb/s SAS/SATA;
•“One Click Setup” capability allowing RAID, simple volume and physical drive configurations.

“With the evolution of hyper scale data centre deployments, demand for fast and reliable access to data continues to grow,” said Matt Eastwood, Group VP and GM of Enterprise Platforms at IDC. “With double the bandwidth compared to previous generations, devices that utilise the full capabilities of the new PCIe Gen3 interface represent a major step forward in providing that access.”

The complete family of Adaptec Series 7 RAID adapters includes eight separate SKUs, and will be available in October 2012 through Adaptec’s worldwide distributors and storage channel partners.

Adaptec Series 7 SAS/SATA RAID Adapters:

ASR-71605Q Single 16 Int. HD mini-SAS (maxCache 3.0+AFM-700) 2274600-R.
ASR-7805Q Single 8 Int. HD mini-SAS (maxCache 3.0+AFM-700) 2274300-R.
ASR-72405 Single 24 Int. HD mini-SAS 2274900-R.
ASR-71685 Single 16 Int. 8 Ext HD mini-SAS 2274700-R.
ASR-71605 Single 16 Int. HD mini-SAS 2274400-R.
ASR-7805 Single 8 Int. HD mini-SAS 2274100-R.
ASR-7805 Kit 8 Int. HD mini-SAS (with cables) 2274200-R.
ASR-71605E Single 16 Int. HD mini-SAS (Entry level RAID solution) 2274500-R.
AFM-700 Kit SuperCap Flash Back-up Module 2275400-R.

Adaptec Series 7 High Density mini-SAS Cables:

Adaptec offers a broad portfolio of qualified High Density mini-SAS cables for connecting existing storage topographies to the new Series 7 RAID Adapters.

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