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Supermicro Offers Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Motherboards Powered by Adaptec SAS ASIC and RAID Software

  • 16 September, 2005 10:44

<p>Adaptec and Supermicro Join Forces to Deliver the Industry’s First Serial Attached SCSI Enabled Motherboards for the White Box Server Market</p>
<p>Milpitas, Calif. – September 16, 2005 – Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), a leader in storage solutions, and Supermicro Computer, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-quality motherboard, chassis and server solutions, have joined forces to deliver the industry’s first Serial Attached SCSI-enabled motherboards for the white box server market. The availability of these Supermicro motherboards, along with the recent availability of SAS and SATA drives from vendors like Fujitsu, Maxtor, Seagate, and Western Digital, marks an opportunity for white box server vendors to be among the first-to-market with next generation Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage solutions.</p>
<p>Supermicro’s X6DHP-3G2, X6DHR-3G2 and X6DH3-G2 motherboards leverage the high performance Adaptec SAS ASIC as well as the market leading, industry-proven Adaptec HostRAID™ and storage management software. Based on internal testing, the Adaptec AIC-9410 8-Port ASIC delivers the highest Serial Attached SCSI streaming performance in the industry. To simplify storage management and reduce related costs, Adaptec SAS RAID and SATA RAID controllers operate under the same management software, Adaptec Storage Manager™. This management software makes RAID storage configuration and management intuitive and simple, and enables remote management, monitoring, and configuration of RAID arrays through secure, encrypted remote communications.</p>
<p>“The evolution from parallel SCSI technology to Serial Attached SCSI technology is a major one for the IT industry,” said Charles Liang, president and CEO at Supermicro. “Now there’s a big opportunity to gain a competitive edge against branded vendors by delivering high performance, more reliable and flexible storage solutions to meet a variety of price/performance needs. SAS technology allows a single platform to be used for both primary and secondary storage requirements. Mix-and-match SAS and SATA drives allow vendors to meet both the highest performance and reliability requirements for transaction-oriented applications as well as price conscious enterprise needs.”</p>
<p>Liang continued, “For us, Adaptec is a great choice in a technology partner for Serial Attached SCSI for these critical motherboards. As a market leader and pioneer of SCSI technology, Adaptec is now leading the evolution to Serial Attached SCSI technology and together we are paving the way for the white box server suppliers.”</p>
<p>Earlier this year Adaptec and Supermicro successfully launched the industry's first Serial ATA II (SATA II)-enabled motherboards configured for Zero Channel RAID (ZCR). Powered by Adaptec's SATA II ZCR controllers and industry-leading RAID software, these server solutions offer enterprises a cost-effective upgrade path to RAID 5, high-speed throughput, enhanced data protection, and greater scalability.</p>
<p>“Working together with Supermicro, we are regularly able to deliver industry first technology to the white box server market,” said Tim Connolly, vice president of marketing for the components division of Adaptec. “Clearly the availability of these Supermicro motherboards with embedded Adaptec Serial Attached SCSI technology and RAID software is an indication that SAS has reached its next level of maturity and is ready for mass market deployment. We are pleased to expand our relationship with Supermicro to include the development of cost effective Serial Attached SCSI solutions that address the specific performance and price requirements.”</p>
<p>Supermicro is currently in the process of launching a complete line of SAS-optimized solutions including servers, serverboards, chassis and storage mobile-racks. The X6DHP-3G2 serverboard leverages Adaptec SAS RAID technology to support dual 64-bit Xeon processors running at up to 3.60GHz with 2MB of L3 cache. Optimized for Supermicro’s redundant-power 1U systems, the X6DHP-3G2 features 8 DIMM sockets for up to 16GB of ECC DDRII 400 memory and supports 4 internal SAS drives and 4 external links used for JBOD solutions. With onboard RAID 0 and 1 choices, the system provides even better performance and reliability. Other features include dual Gigabit LAN, 2 universal PCI-Express x8 or PCI-X slots, as well as a 1U IPMI 2.0 socket for server management with optional 3rd LAN support.</p>
<p>For 2U, 3U, 4U, and tower systems, the Super X6DH3-G2 shares similar features along with 2 PCI-Express x8, 3 PCI-X-133/100, and one legacy PCI slot. For standard 1U systems, the Super X6DHR-3G2 supports the same features as the previous serverboards with two universal expansion slots to support up to two PCI-Express x8 or two PCI-X-133/100 cards.</p>
<p>About Supermicro Computer, Inc.</p>
<p>Established in 1993, Supermicro emphasizes superior product design and uncompromising quality control to produce outstanding reliable server systems that maximize the functionality and compatibility of its products. As a direct result of its staunch commitment to quality, Supermicro's high-end motherboards and server systems tout unsurpassed performance and reliability. Recently, the company began a major expansion into modular computing and enterprise storage system development to better serve today's rapidly changing global business needs. As the premier server solutions and motherboard manufacturer in Silicon Valley and the fastest growing high-volume server manufacturer in the world today, Supermicro provides outstanding quality and service that includes 24x7 worldwide technical support. For additional information, please visit the company's website at, email or call the San Jose, CA headquarters at +1 408-503-8000.</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 organizations, 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>Adaptec, HostRAID, AIC, and Adaptec Storage Manager are trademarks of Adaptec, Inc. which may be registered in some jurisdictions. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.</p>
<p>Rob Stirling
Markom Marketing
+61 2 9977 8922</p>
<p>Demetri Christodoulou
Adaptec Australia
+61 2 8875 7874</p>

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