RAID and HBA card solutions designed for enterprise compute server and storage server deployments.
by Adam Armstrong

Microsemi Introduces Smart HBAs & RAID Adapters

Today Microsemi Corporation announced the production of its new Smart Storage SAS/SATA adapters for data centers. The new portfolio, which includes the Microsemi Adaptec HBA 1100 family, SmartHBA 2100 family and SmartRAID 3100 family, is based on the company’s latest 28nm SmartIOC 2100 and SmartROC 3100 storage controller integrated circuits (ICs). These new adapters aim to deliver high performance, low power, reliability and feature-rich solutions tailored to a variety of server storage applications, including software-defined storage (SDS), cold storage and enterprise applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Broadcom Begins Shipping Its 9400 MegaRAID Controllers

Broadcom Limited announced today that it is shipping its new NVMe/SAS/SATA Tri-Mode SERDES MegaRAID family of controllers the 9400 series. The new 9400 series of MegaRAID controllers are all about performance, data protection, and power efficiency. The announcement today is aimed at OEMs, system integrators, and storage manufacturers.  

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by Adam Armstrong

Marvell Introduces New 88RC13xx Line Of RAID Storage Controllers

Today at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, Marvell introduced its new family of high-performance RAID storage controllers, the Marvell 88RC13xx family. This new product line features eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. Marvell states that its product line consists of a high performance AHCI RAID on chip (ROC), an innovative NVMe ROC, a DRAM-less input/output (I/O) processor with HW RAID 0, 1, 10 and a cost-effective I/O controller.

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by Lyle Smith

Brocade G620 Gen 6 Fibre Channel Switch Released

Brocade has announced the release of their Gen 6 Fibre Channel switch for storage networking, the Brocade G620, indicating that the new high-density SAN switch will boast unprecedented performance and scalability designed to support data growth and demanding workloads from mission-critical applications. Brocade adds that their Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology will allow organizations to address performance, reliability and scalability requirements for hyper scale virtualization, new data center architectures and next-generation storage technologies. This week, QLogic began shipping its Gen 6 32Gb FC adaptors where we indicated that, though many people think Fibre Channel isn’t progressing as it should, it is flourishing in emerging markets such as China.

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by Adam Armstrong

QLogic Begins Shipping Its Gen 6 32Gb FC Adapters

Today QLogic Inc. is announcing that it is currently shipping its new Gen 6, 32Gb Fibre Channel Adapters, the QLogic 2700 series.  According to QLogic its new series of adapters will enable greater virtualization density and improved database performance, combined with increased operational efficiency. QLogic is also announcing that its QLogic 2690 Series Enhanced Gen 5 Fibre Channel Adapters have been augmented with new single and dual-port options.

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by Adam Armstrong

Broadcom Announces The Industry’s First NVMe/SAS/SATA Storage Controllers

Today Broadcom Limited announced that it is sampling the industry’s first NVMe/SAS/SATA controllers and its unmatched NVMe software portfolio. These new controllers bring a higher level of innovation to the data center. NVMe technology can dramatically lower latency in SSDs. Broadcom’s announcement today can help data centers take full advantage of NVMe SSD performance.

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by Lyle Smith

Broadcom Announces 24-and 16-port HBA Models

Hot on the heels of Avago's acquision, Broadcom Limited has announced the addition of new 24-and 16-port models to their line of 12Gb/s SAS+SATA HBAs, all of which are designed to meet the needs of hyperscale data centers that deploy high-end server and storage systems. Named the Broadcom SAS 9305 series, the 12Gb/s 24-port model on a single chip is an industry first, offering users increased performance, extended system scalability and decreased per-port power consumption.

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by Adam Armstrong

PMC Introduces Smart HBA 1000 Series

Today PMC-Sierra announced its first smart family of solutions aimed at high-performance cloud and enterprise server storage connectivity, the HBA 1000 series of 12Gb/s SAS/SATA Host Bus Adapters. The new series is stated to deliver maximum resiliency and the industry’s lowest power using field-proven Smart intellectual property (IP) from the most widely deployed server storage stack and PMC’s SmartIOCTM controller. The HBA 1000 series comes in five models and provides a native server connectivity solution that can handle the most demanding workloads and configurations with up to 16 internal or external SAS/SATA ports in a low-profile MD2 form factor.

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by Lyle Smith

LSI SAS 9207-8i/e Host Bus Adapter Review

Though the LSI SAS 9207-8i/e Host Bus Adapters have been around for a few years now, they are still the de facto standard for SAS2 solutions, which was immediately adapted when PCIe 3.0 was released. Since the inception of 6Gb/s SASs enabled HBAs and controllers, LSI has been its biggest proponent, having made incredibly successful devices since the beginning of the 9200 line. With these HBAs, LSI was a huge factor in pushing 6Gb/s into the mainstream.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Areca ARC-1883i and ARC-1883x Review

The Areca ARC-1883i and ARC-1883x are 12GB/s RAID controllers optimized for internal and external use, respectively. They feature the same transfer rate and PCLe 3.0 host interface as the previously reviewed LSI MegaRAID SAS3 9361-9i, but are geared more towards a workstation user rather than a server environment. This strengthens their appeal to creative contractors, like video or image editors, in need of very fast data transfer. Another key feature of this drive vs. others in its class is that it is compatible with Mac OS operating systems, which are commonly used by graphic designers and video editors.

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