RAID and HBA card solutions designed for enterprise compute server and storage server deployments.
by Lyle Smith

LSI Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i Announced

LSI has announced an addition to its Nytro line with the introduction of the Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i card, which is designed for scale-out server and storage environments with high disk counts and capacity requirements. The 8140-8e8i card provides 1.6TB of onboard flash and 16 SAS/SATA connections doubling the flash capacity as well as a 4x increase in the number of ports compared to previous Nytro MegaRAID cards.

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by Kevin OBrien

LSI MegaRAID SAS3 9361-8i Review

The LSI MegaRAID 9361-8i SAS3 RAID controller is a 12Gb/s storage adapter featuring PCIe 3.0 host interface, 1GB DDRIII cache memory, 1.2GHz PowerPC 476 dual core 12Gb/s ROC, and 8 12Gb/s SATA+SAS ports. With twice the maximum data transfer rate of 6Gb/s SAS solutions, the 9361-8i delivers enough bandwidth to fully saturate the PCI Express Gen3 bus. Along with superior data transfer rates, the 9361-8i offers enterprise-class data protection and security and supports CacheVault flash cache protection. LSI first-to-market 12Gb/s SAS solutions, such as the 9361-8i, are geared for the performance and security demands of next generation of enterprise data storage.

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by Josh Linden

A3CUBE Announces RONNIEE Express Storage Interconnect Architecture and Solutions

A3CUBE has announced the first three products for use with its RONNIEE Express interconnect fabric, which the company is positioning as a successor to incumbent Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and InfiniBand options for high performance enviroments. RONNIEE Express is the foundation of A3CUBE’s In-Memory Network technology, which allows direct shared global memory throughout the fabric for lower latency, simplified scaling to exascale environments, and other performance advantages.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Adaptec Series 8 RAID Controllers Review

Adaptec’s Series 8 line are 12Gb/s RAID adapters featuring an end-to-end PMC architecture that incorporates PMC’s I/O protocol controllers, RoC controllers, SAS expanders, and software. The Adaptec Series 8 cards boast a significant performance improvement compared to its previous generation of adaptors, as they are quoted to be significantly faster than their predecessors. The Series 8 cards are also equipped with maxCache Plus technology, which supports both caching and tiering functionality and allows IT managers, system integrators, and ISV's to reap the fastest performance and best overall value from their storage systems. maxCache Plus also provides users the flexibility to configure their storage devices in server environments as well as allowing  the fastest media to be used as storage instead of only cache. As a result, this maximizes the potential of the newest 12Gb/s drives on the market.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Supermicro LSI SAS3008 HBA Review

The Supermicro LSI SAS3008 HBAs (which share the same controller as the LSI 9300-8i HBAs) are engineered to deliver maximum performance. Delivering over a million IOPS and 6000+MB/s, the cards are designed to meet the growing demands of enterprises that require even more robust throughput in a range of applications that includes transactional databases, Web 2.0, data mining, and video streaming and editing. The LSI SAS 3008 controller supports 8 lanes of PCIe 3.0 and provides SATA/SAS links at rates between 3 and 12Gb/s and supports RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10 in the IR version. 

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Kinetic Ethernet Drive Interface and Kinetic T-Card Development Adapter Announced

Seagate Technology has announced two new development tools related to its Kinetic Open Storage platform, the Seagate Kinetic Ethernet Drive interface and the Seagate Kinetic T-Card development adapter.  Both innovations are scheduled debut at OCP Summit V and also have been accepted by the Open Compute Foundation as important open standards available to Open Compute Project (OCP) solution providers and system builders.  

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by Lyle Smith

Adaptec Series 7 RAID Controllers Review

The Series 7 family is Adaptec's versatile line of 6Gb/s RAID controllers, bringing Adaptec into the PCI Express 3.0 market. The driving force behind the Series 7 is that no expanders are needed to connect up to 24 devices, allowing for a less costly and less complex design. There's also clearly a density benefit with an Adaptec-based deployment, as most competitive solutions use 8 port designs that require expanders as port count scales. The new Series 7 family are Adaptec's first generation of controllers reap the benefits of the merger with PMC in terms of engineering and production capabilities.

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by Josh Linden

LSI Announces First-to-Market 12Gb/s SAS MegaRAID Controller Cards and Expanders

LSI today introduced a new family of 12Gb/s SAS MegaRAID controller cards and expanders for performance-intensive enterprise storage environments. This announcement follows LSI’s first-to-market availability of 12Gb/s SAS HBA cards, RAID-On-Chip (ROC) ICs, and I/O controller ICs earlier this year.

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by Josh Linden

PMC Announces 12Gb/s Adaptec Series 8 SAS RAID Adapters

PMC today introduced the Adaptec Series 8, a new family of 12Gb/s SAS RAID adapters which feature an end-to-end PMC architecture which incorporates PMC’s I/O protocol controllers, RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controllers, SAS expanders, Solid State Drive (SSD) controllers, and software. According to PMC, the Adaptec Series 8 improves on the performance of its previous generation of adaptors by 60 percent, exceeding 700,000 4k random read RAID IOPS.

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by Bill Valle

LSI 12Gb/s SAS 9300 Series HBAs Announced

LSI is announcing the introduction of its SAS 9300 HBA family that consists of 4 Host Bus Adapters which accelerate storage and meet the high performance applications requirements for a range of environments. Those include transactional databases, Web 2.0, data mining, and video streaming and editing. Optimized for the latest specification of PCI Express 3.0, each of the adapters also delivers over one million IOPS (a 50% improvement), 4 or 8 SAS ports, and provides over 6,000MB/s of throughput performance for streaming applications. Each LSI HBA is driven by the LSI SAS 3008 12Gb/s SAS controller. They all also include mini-SAS HD connectors, as specified by the SAS 3.0 Standard, and provide connectivity in a low-profile form factor supporting 8 lanes of PCI Express 3.0.

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