Storage Adapters Reviews
RAID and HBA card solutions designed for enterprise compute server and storage server deployments.
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

LSI SAS 9300-8i and 9300-8e HBAs Review

The LSI SAS 9300 HBAs are specifically designed for high performance in high-end servers that connect to large scale storage enclosures as well as for internal drive connectivity in 1U/2U servers and workstations. At the heart of the SAS 9300 HBA line is the LSI SAS 3008 IO controller, which takes advantage of the latest advances in SAS and PCI Express technology while reaching over 1 million IOPs from a single IOC. Additionally, each HBA from the 9300 line supports 8 or 4 individual SAS ports, which operate at 12Gb/s and are backward compatible with previous PCIe and SAS generations using automatic negotiation.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

LSI Syncro CS HA DAS Storage Overview

LSI (an Avago Technologies company) Syncro CS has been shipping for over a year now as a self-supported kit and integrated cluster-in-a-box (CiB) solutions are rapidly becoming available. Syncro CS essentially brings high-availability (HA) features to directly attached storage (DAS). Historically DAS architecture has been limited to a single server accessing a single JBOD. With Syncro CS, LSI has enabled a more resilient solution as two server nodes can be connected to DAS storage via Syncro CS, enabling failover in the event a server node goes offline. For those who want to build their own, LSI sells Syncro CS in a kit form that's easy to deploy across existing or new hardware. OEMs are also bringing product to market that leverages Syncro CS via CiB solutions that makes putting a complete solution to work seamless.

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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 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

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 Charles Jefferies

LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i and 8888ELP Review: Part Two

In part one of this review, we looked at the feasibility of buying this RAID card to get 6.0Gbps, which showed measurable performance gains when using SSDs. In part two, we investigate whether 6.0Gbps SATA improves hard drive performance. Read on for more.

 

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