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.

According to LSI, database transaction processing benchmarks indicate that the new 12Gb/s SAS MegaRAID controller cards can deliver a 60 percent increase in database users compared to previous-generation 6Gb/s SAS solutions. LSI 12Gb/s SAS expanders increased throughput by 25 percent over the previous generation when benchmarked on the Hadoop platform.

The 12Gb/s SAS MegaRAID 9300 controller card family includes six PCIe 3.0 models featuring four or eight ports. The cards include Shield State, a new diagnostic technology to determine if a drive has failed or can be restored. MegaRAID 9300 controller cards also support scaling HDD topologies and utilizing SSD drives for application acceleration.

The LSI 12Gb/s SAS expander family spans includes models with 48 to 24 ports as for solutions that are optimized for servers or storage devices. LSI’s DataBolt technology integrates 12Gb/s SAS expanders with 12Gb/s SAS MegaRAID controller cards to optimize throughput and while beginning the transition to 12Gb/s SAS storage systems with by way of existing 6Gb/s drives.

Availability  

The 9361 and 9341 series 12Gb/s MegaRAID SAS controller cards in both 4-port and 8-port configurations are available immediately. 9380 series 12Gb/s MegaRAID SAS controllers will ship during the first half of 2014.

UPDATE 4/7/14 - LSI MegaRAID 9361-8i Review Posted

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