updated 06:35 pm EST, Mon October 30, 2006
SAS SATA RAID cards debut
ATTO Technology is planning to unveil a new line of SAS/SATA RAID Adapters that offer flexible SAS and SATA II connectivity while delivering fast data transfers of up to 3Gbps per port. The new ExpressSAS RAID adapters are the industry's first and only devices of their kind with a true low-profile form factor that fit standard-length PCI Express slots, according to ATTO, making them ideal for compact server applications. The adapters are also the only SAS RAID cards with hardware RAID 6 and RAID 60 support, offering selectable port configuration options for a custom mix of internal and external SAS connections. The ExpressSAS adapters are the only SAS RAID controllers that support Mac OS X, bringing the high performance of SAS storage technology to Mac owners. ATTO's new ExpressSAS RAID controllers are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2007 for $1,100.
The new RAID controllers leverage the power of ATTO's proprietary Advanced Data Streaming (ADS) Technology -- which is designed to alleviate data transfer bottlenecks -- and Intel's new 800MHz PCIe Intel IOP348 I/O processors with integrated XScale technology.
"The ExpressSAS RAID adapters are the embodiment of ATTO's 18 years of experience with SCSI hardware and our demonstrated success at producing storage connectivity solutions for performance-oriented customers who look to ATTO as a trusted industry leader," said Ed Tierney of ATTO Technology. "Today's announcement demonstrates that same commitment to the SAS RAID market with innovative products that address the high-performance storage needs of customers across the Windows, Linux and Mac OS X platforms."
The ATTO ExpressSAS R348 and R380 adapters feature hot swap capability, hot spares, online capacity expansion, battery back-up, and optimized disk utilization for SAS drives, SATA II drives, or any combination of the two. Both cards are intended to deliver an intelligent and robust low-profile RAID solution. The SAS and SATA II support ease the process of creating cost-effective multi-tiered storage solutions in a single cabinet, utilizing SATA drives for secondary storage while staging critical primary data on higher-performance SAS disks. These adapters will support standard RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60 with ATTO's exclusive DVRAID.