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Adaptec introduces new serial ATA RAID controller with advanced data protection

  • 13 May, 2004 07:26

<p>New Controller Delivers Fast Data Access and Robust Data Protection; Enables Use of Low Price-Per-Gigabyte SATA Disk Drive Capacity</p>
<p>Sydney, 13 May, 2004 - Adaptec, Inc., the global leader in storage infrastructure solutions, today introduced a 16-port Serial ATA RAID controller featuring Adaptec's enterprise-level data protection capabilities to maximise performance and data availability for high-end workstations to mid-range servers using Serial ATA disk drives. The controller completes Adaptec’s Serial ATA RAID family, featuring the robust reliability and compatibility of Adaptec's SCSI products to smooth migration to Serial ATA systems.</p>
<p>The 16-port Serial ATA RAID 21610SA is the highest capacity 16-port I/O processor-based SATA RAID controller with advanced features and full operating system support. Ideal for high-end servers, near-line storage, and NAS servers using Serial ATA drives.</p>
<p>"Explosive data growth among small and midsize businesses is increasing demand for storage solutions that deliver cost-effective server connectivity, enterprise-level data protection and greater throughput," said Roger Cox, Research Vice President, Server Storage and RAID Worldwide, for Gartner Dataquest. "Serial ATA combines all three to improve application performance and bring the cost of data reliability to a point where virtually all data can be stored on redundant systems."</p>
<p>"More small and midsize businesses are automating core business functions such as human resources, payroll, accounting and inventory management. This is driving demand for higher levels of application performance and data availability typically associated with large enterprises," said Demetri Christodoulou, Adaptec Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand. "The new Adaptec 16-port Serial ATA is a low cost, high performance card ideal for budget conscious small and medium businesses whose applications require huge data storage."</p>
<p>Adaptec Serial ATA RAID 21610SA</p>
<p>Adaptec's Serial ATA RAID controllers operate under the same browser-based management software as Adaptec's SCSI RAID and emerging Serial Attached SCSI RAID products. The browser-based software management tool simplifies storage management and reduces total cost of ownership by allowing end users to remotely monitor and configure RAID subsystems across multiple protocols. The software management tool reduces training costs for resellers, OEMs and end users by enabling them to use a single management platform for Adaptec's Ultra320 SCSI, Serial ATA and emerging Serial Attached SCSI solutions.</p>
<p>The Adaptec 21610SA delivers best-of-class price-performance and allows customers to meet their expanding storage needs through:</p>
<p>· Advanced RAID 5 and 10 data protection maximises the data availability and system performance. RAID levels 0, 1 and JBOD are also included.</p>
<p>· Up to 1.5 gigabit-per-second throughput per port improves the entry-level and mid-range server performance.</p>
<p>· RAID Level Migration allows customers to configure fault-tolerance settings on the fly.</p>
<p>· Online Capacity Expansion allows end users to add storage capacity.</p>
<p>· Adaptec-exclusive technology enables customers to use the full available capacity of all drives attached to the controller - even if the drives are different sizes. Traditional products limit the use of disk drive space to the smallest-capacity drive in an array.</p>
<p>· Long, thin cables and small connectors improve chassis airflow and cooling, simplify cable routing and allow system builders to design smaller form factors.</p>
<p>Adaptec Serial ATA RAID</p>
<p>The Adaptec Serial ATA RAID 21610SA joins the 2-, 4- and 8-port Adaptec Serial ATA RAID cards as part of the product family featuring software- or processor-based data protection. The family combines Adaptec's proven RAID technology with Serial ATA's low price-per-gigabyte to provide fast information access and cost-effective data protection for desktop PCs, workstations, entry-level and mid-range servers.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>The Adaptec Serial ATA RAID 21610SA is currently available in Australia with a recommended retail price including GST of A$1449.00. It can be purchased from Adaptec’s authorised distributors Digiland, Lan 1, Synnex Australia, and Tech Pacific Australia.</p>
<p>Adaptec SATA Family Promotion</p>
<p>To kick-start the complete Serial ATA family, Adaptec is offering US$7 to US$70 rebates on any purchase of the Serial ATA products to users from 17 May to 30 July 2004. The promotion is available through Adaptec authorised distributors only.</p>
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<p>About Adaptec</p>
<p>Adaptec Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT) provides end-to-end storage infrastructure solutions that reliably move, manage and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec provides software and hardware solutions for storage connectivity and data protection, storage networking and networked storage subsystems to leading OEM and distribution channel partners. Adaptec solutions are in use by enterprises, ISPs, medium and small businesses and consumers worldwide. Adaptec is an S&amp;P Small Cap 600 Index member. More information is available at</p>
<p>Safe Harbor</p>
<p>This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements include statements related to our future products and product development plans. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. For more information regarding the risks facing the Company, we refer you to the Company's most recent Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2003, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.</p>
<p>For further information please contact Natalie Connor: Tel: +61 (0)2 9956 5733, Mobile: +61 (0)417 259 054, E-mail:</p>

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