Adaptec Series 6 RAID Controller by PMC-Sierra

December 13, 2010 by | Comments

PMC-Sierratoday announced the Adaptec by PMC
family of Series 6 RAID controllers designed to excel in high I/O
transaction and high bandwidth processing applications. Based on
PMC-Sierra’s market-leading, multi-core SRC 8x6G RAID-on-Chip (RoC)
controller, the Adaptec Series 6 family is the industry’s first 6Gb/s
Unified Serial RAID controller channel solution with Zero-Maintenance
Cache Protection which reduces operating costs and minimizes
environmental impact.

“Since the acquisition of the Adaptec channel storage business in June,
we have been focused on leveraging PMC-Sierra’s SRC RoC technology to
bring a 6Gb/s SAS controller to the channel,” said Jared Peters, vice
president and general manager of PMC-Sierra’s Channel Storage Division.
“We’re launching our Series 6 solutions just as the market and ecosystem
for 6Gb/s channel storage products has begun to emerge. With our
industry-proven SRC RoC as the core, our feature-rich Series 6 family of
storage controllers goes beyond RAID with Zero-Maintenance Cache
Protection and intelligent power management for maximum reliability,
lower power consumption and reduced costs.”

With support for up to 256 SATA/SAS devices using SAS expanders and an
eight lane PCIe Gen 2 host interface bus connection, the Series 6
delivers high performance, scalability and flexibility. While the Series
5 family provides robustness and compatibility with today’s market
standard of 3Gb/s performance, the enhanced bandwidth of the Series 6
with SAS 2.0 interfaces and the PCIe Gen 2 host connection offers a 60
percent higher sustained sequential throughput than previous generations
of Adaptec controllers.

The Series 6 delivers up to 2GB/s sustained data transfer rate to a host
of applications that require high sequential bandwidth. At peak
performance, this solution offers 4.8GB/s through the SAS 2.0 interfaces
and 4GB/s through the PCIe Gen 2 host interface delivering enough
bandwidth for high streaming applications, such as editing and
broadcasting uncompressed 3D video streams. Using this solution, a 14TB
array used as a virtual tape library can be filled in less than two
hours compared to previous generation interfaces that take more than
three hours.

“Today’s storage infrastructures require technologies that provide the
highest levels of performance with robust functionality, efficient power
and cooling and environmental characteristics,” said Roger Cox, Research
Vice President, Data Center Systems, Gartner. “Storage products with
these capabilities help system integrators and others to further
differentiate their storage solution offerings.”

With the significant adoption of Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection, the
need to replace Lithium Ion batteries is eliminated and as a result
reduces the hazardous waste disposal previously required in
cache-critical computing applications. This product family also features
advanced intelligent power management, which reduces storage power and
cooling costs by up to 70 percent.

Series 6 RAID controllers feature:

  • Superior bandwidth with 6Gb/s SAS 2.0 interfaces and PCIe Gen 2 host
    connection
  • Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection (option)
  • Hardware RAID levels 0,1,1E,5,5EE,6,10,50,60
  • Hybrid RAID 1,10 support for arrays of Solid State Drives (SSD) and
    Hard Disk Drives (HDD) for maximum performance
  • Intelligent power management
  • Centralized storage management with Adaptec Storage Manager(TM)
  • Broad range of operating systems supported

Availability and Pricing

Series 6 RAID controllers are sampling now to select customers.
Available in singles and kits, the suggested retail pricing for the
Adaptec RAID 6405, Adaptec RAID 6445 and Adaptec RAID 6805 ranges from
$395 to $630. For more information on Adaptec by PMC storage products,
visit www.adaptec.com.

–(PMC-Sierra, Inc. News Release)–

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