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Adaptec Launches the Industry’s Broadest Family of Unified SerialTM RAID Controllers for the PCI Express Interface

  • 15 March, 2007 13:40

<p>Industry-First Low-Profile, Multi-Port Controllers Deliver Cost-Effective Connectivity for both High-Capacity Serial ATA (SATA) and High-Performance Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Drive</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia – 14 March 2007 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), a global leader in storage solutions, today launched the most comprehensive family of Unified Serial RAID controllers for the PCI Express (PCIe) interface. The new family consists of five different products and includes 4- and 8-port low-profile models, as well as the industry’s only 12- and 16-port designs. Ideal for bandwidth-intensive applications including media servers, email databases, and application servers, these Adaptec Unified Serial RAID controllers deliver enhanced I/O performance, expanded scalability and high throughput.</p>
<p>The new family of Adaptec Unified Serial controllers enable enterprises to significantly boost the performance, scalability and reliability of their SATA disk drive-based solutions, coupled with the ability to also connect to high-performance SAS drives or both types of drives in the same system. In addition, by leveraging the industry’s most comprehensive compatibility test lab, Adaptec has ensured that its Unified Serial controllers are compatible and fully supported by over 270 third-party systems and devices.</p>
<p>“We continue to make it easier for our resellers and system builders to do business with Adaptec. They can standardise on one vendor who has the broadest product line of low- and high-port Unified Serial RAID controllers for PCI, PCI-X and now, new low-profile models for PCIe,” said Suresh Panikar, director of marketing for the Data Protection Solutions Group at Adaptec. “With Adaptec’s trusted reliability and extensive compatibility and interoperability testing, customers are assured that our solutions will work in the most demanding application environments. While we’ve priced these solutions extremely competitively and in line with current SATA-based controllers, our customers get the added benefit of support for both SATA and SAS drives with any of these new Adaptec offerings.”</p>
<p>“With the new Adaptec PCIe RAID controllers, XENON can now offer more cost-effective and scalable storage solutions using SATA and/or SAS,” said Dragan Dimitrovici, managing director of XENON Systems Pty Ltd. “We have extensively tested the new Adaptec PCIe RAID controllers for compatibility and will be using them in XENON’s Radon servers and Platinum Windows Storage servers, offering users leading performance and flexibility according to their needs.”</p>
<p>Adaptec’s new family of Unified Serial RAID controllers are available with 4 to 16 3Gb/s ports and offer connectivity to both SATA and SAS disk drives. Designed specifically for entry to mid-range servers and workstations, the family consists of five (5) new solutions: The Adaptec RAID 3405 with 4 internal ports, the Adaptec RAID 3805 with 8 internal ports, the Adaptec RAID 31205 with 12 internal ports, the Adaptec RAID 31605 with 16 internal ports, and the Adaptec RAID 3085 with 8 external ports and the industry’s first dual path failover functionality for external data path redundancy.</p>
<p>All of these new controllers come standard with Adaptec’s legendary RAID data protection including the protection against the failure of two disk drives (RAID 6) and high-performance RAID 5 with hot space (RAID 5EE). The Adaptec Advanced Data Protection Suite also includes RAID 1E and Copyback Hot Spare for improved management and the ability to automatically reset a hot spare configuration. Customers can also choose to purchase the optional Snapshot Backup feature that creates a point-in-time copy of an array for improved data backup, management and disaster recovery.</p>
<p>In addition to a wide range of customer benefits, Adaptec’s suite of Unified Serial RAID controllers for PCIe also enables system builders to sell a wide range of solutions with a variety of price points using a single storage architecture.</p>
<p>“Fujitsu and Adaptec were early to develop serial interface products for widespread enterprise adoption,” said Joel Hagberg, vice president, marketing and business development, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. “We enjoy a close relationship with Adaptec and the combination of Fujitsu serial hard drives with Adaptec Unified Serial controllers provides our customers and partners with compatible, tested solutions that will enhance performance and scale to manage enterprise data intensive applications.”</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>The new Adaptec RAID 3405 (4-port), 3805 (8-port), 3085 (8-port), 31205 (12-port), and 31605 (16-port) controllers will be shipping and available through Australian distributors and resellers on March 30, 2007. Pricing is $599 RRP including tax for the 3405, $899 for the 3805, $1169 for the 3085, $1259 for the 31205, and $1459 for the 31605. Adaptec currently offers the industry’s most complete line of multi-port Unified Serial RAID controllers that support both SATA and SAS disk drives and offer connectivity to both the PCIe and PCI-X interconnect. For more information, please visit www.adaptec.com or call 61 2 9503 1555.</p>
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<p>Features and Benefits</p>
<p>• Unified Serial Architecture enables the use of both SATA and SAS hard disk drives for optimal flexibility, capacity and performance options;</p>
<p>• Supports PCIe host interface with up to 256MB ECC-protected data cache</p>
<p>• Adaptec RAID Code (ARC) delivers the industry’s most advanced feature set. In addition to standard RAID levels (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, and RAID 50), the Adaptec Advanced Data Protection Suite delivers improved hot spare performance (RAID 5EE) and a patented RAID 6/60 technology allowing for up to two simultaneous drive failures.</p>
<p>• Supports array sizes up to 512TB — allowing full usage of new, higher capacity SATA drives</p>
<p>• Utilises the Adaptec Storage Manager, a next-generation storage management software that runs on all Adaptec controllers for optimising RAID data volumes, disk utilisation, provisioning, diagnostics and storage expansion.</p>
<p>About Adaptec</p>
<p>Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT) provides trusted storage solutions that reliably move, manage, and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec’s software and hardware-based solutions are delivered through leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and channel partners to provide storage connectivity, data protection, and networked storage to enterprises, government organisations, medium and small businesses worldwide. More information is available at www.adaptec.com.</p>
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<p>MEDIA CONTACT:</p>
<p>Rob Stirling
Markom Marketing
+61 2 9977 8922
rob_stirling@markom.com.au</p>
<p>Demetri Christodoulou
Adaptec Australia
+61 2 9503 1555
demetri@adaptec.com</p>

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