Milpitas, Calif.Designed to deliver cost-effective RAID data protection for desktops, workstations and entry-level servers, Adaptec Inc. has launched a family of entry-level serial ATA (SATA) controllers consisting of the Adaptec Serial ATA 1220SA and 1430SA HostRAID devices that support Intel Corp.'s latest PCI Express (PCIe) interconnect.
The Adaptec Serial ATA 1220SA and 1430SA are HostRAID controllers (HostRAID is a software RAID technology that maximizes system performance and uptime for Adaptec software RAID products) that allow users to group disk drives together, which delivers improved data protection and increased performance when compared to just one drive.
The low-profile form factor the Adaptec 1220SA and 1430SA make them ideal for entry-level servers and workstations requiring data protection and basic RAID features with support for up to two (Adaptec 1220SA) or four (Adaptec 1430SA) SATA drives.
"An enhancement to the Adaptec Serial ATA 1220SA and 1430SA as compared to the company's other SATA controllers is support for the new Intel PCI Express bus. These cards offer the same data protection, reliability, and performance as Adaptec's full line of PCI/PCI-X entry-level SATA controllers but now include support for the PCIe bus," said Tim Connolly, vice president of marketing for the Data Protection Solutions Group at Adaptec. "Also, unique to Adaptec's controllers is that the HostRAID is integrated, a software based RAID code that offers a more cost-effective, low profile form factor with optimized performance for entry-level systems."
With the latest additions, Adaptec claims to be the first company with multi-port PCIe offerings. In general, Adaptec SATA storage products combine high capacity with performance that is much faster than tape all for a much lower cost-per-gigabyte than primary storage. Optimized for capacity, SATA is ideal for disk-to-disk backup and nearline storage of fixed reference data that must be kept readily accessible. Adaptec SATA storage is also a cost-effective staging area for moving primary storage to archival tape.
Key features of the Adaptec 1220SA and 1430SA include Adaptec HostRAID, an integrated RAID software technology that cost-effectively provides RAID levels 0, 1 and 10 for protection against data loss or corruption.
Customers using the SATA HostRAID controllers from Adaptec for PCIe can take advantage of improved data throughput and higher bandwidth to maximize system performance for applications such as audio/video streaming and gaming.
The Adaptec 1220SA improves performance over comparable SATA RAID controllers by offering two 3-Gbits/s Serial ATA ports, NCQ support and a PCI Express x1 host interface with bandwidth up to 500 Mbytes/s. And, the Adaptec 1430SA improves performance over a comparable SATA RAID controller by offering four 3-Gbits/s SATA ports, NCQ support and a PCI Express x4 MHz host interface with bandwidth up to 2.5-Gbits/s, which is four times as fast as a common 64-bit PCI interface, according to Connolly.
Both products are suitable for desktop and workstations as well as entry-level servers requiring RAID mirroring or striping, as well as small office and home office use as a boot device for print, file, and storage servers. Because of their performance features, the controllers can also be used for video editing, video/audio streaming, and gaming applications.
The intuitive Adaptec Storage Manager (ASM) tool centralizes management of all Adaptec RAID products and enables remote RAID management, monitoring, and configuration through secure, encrypted communication.
The Adaptec SATA 1220SA and 1430SA are currently shipping and available through distribution partners and resellers. Pricing is $75 for the 1220SA and $125 for the 1430SA.
Adaptec Inc., 1-800-442-7274, www.adaptec.com.