Adaptec marries SATA with a bit of SAS

Adaptec marries SATA with a bit of SAS

Adaptec has launched a new family of Unified Serial RAID controllers for the PCI Express (PCIe) interface that blend the best of SAS and SATA drives

Adaptec has taken the wraps off its new range of RAID controllers that promise to ease the dilemma faced by system builders and resellers when choosing between Serial ATA (SATA) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drives.

The new line of controllers, flying under the banner of Unified Serial RAID Controllers, offer customers more drive flexibility by marrying SAS backwards-compatibility with SATA. They come in versions with four, eight, 12 and 16 internal ports, with the latter two being unique in the industry, according to Adaptec. A fifth model has eight external ports with dual path fail-over for redundancy.

Adaptec A/NZ field application engineer, Neil Cameron, said the cards were based on a new unified serial architecture (USA) that blended the flexibility and speed of SAS with the cost effectiveness of SATA drives allowing customers to mix and match drives to achieve the balance of capacity, price and performance.

"A lot of smaller resellers are custom building systems for customers with RAID capability and are in a bind between will it work and is it cheap enough," he said. "Well these new controllers blend the best of both worlds so resellers can now have their cake and eat it too."

Systems integrator, EDsys Computers has been playing with pre release versions of the new controller for a couple weeks now and is excited about new opportunities that the controllers offer, according to business development manager, Steve Wells.

"We see these controllers broadening the opportunity for resellers by providing customers with a vastly improved RAID solution with more flexibility than ever seen before. And at the end of the day that's got to be a good thing - a better solution for their dollar," he said.

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