Code can be reproduced or translated by others
An Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has issued an opinion that the functionality of a computer program and the programming language used to create it can't be protected by copyright. This would allow the source code of a program, if certain conditions are met, be copied in order to ensure that programs work between platforms. The non-binding opinion was rendered in a complaint filed in the UK by US-based SAS Institute against World Programming Ltd, or WPL.
Bypasses SATA 2.0's 3Gb per second limit
Computers with older SATA 2.0 (three gigabits per second) speeds and a PCIe 2.0 expansion slot can now overcome the built-in limitations of their drives and achieve over 4GB per second possible throughput using one of the two new MaxPower RAID mini-SAS card models in RAID 0 mode. The mini-SAS setup allows four separate channels of data, making it possible to configure up to eight eSATA or mini-SAS external enclosures. Both cards feature two mini-SAS ports.
Up to 812MB/sec read, 620MB/sec write speeds
Enhance Technology has unveiled a new high-performance RAID server, the UltraStor ES3160 FS. It boasts 16 SATA II or SAS drives for either 16TB or 32TB of storage, dual active-active RAID controllers, dual I/O modules, hot-swappable dual redundant power supplies and cooling modules. The new 3U server is an enterprise failover RAID system designed to deliver high performance Windows Clustering, as well as cross-platform high availability, SAN and virtualization applications.
Tower supports RAID 0, 1, 5, hot spare, more
SansDigital has expanded its TowerRAID series with a new 8-bay RAID tower, the TowerRAID TR8XP. The tower supports both SATA and higher-speed SAS hard disks and provides a mini-SAS 6G interface with a supporting PCIe 2.0 x8 6G RAID controller. The 8-Bay enclosure supports RAID levels 0, 1, 1+0, 5 and JBOD, while delivering up to 650MB/s read and write speeds.
ATTO shipping new SAS HBAs
ATTO has released five 6Gbps SAS host adapters varying mainly on port configurations. The company claims the new devices deliver the fastest SAS/SATA host-bus transfer rates on the market, with the high-end 16-port H60F and H6FO carrying two independent controllers that support a maximum of 512 devices, with 16 lanes of 600MBps connectivity for a throughput of 19.2GBps full duplex.
Mac RAID controllers ship
HighPoint has released a series of SAS Connectivity Plus RAID 5 capable PCI-Express controllers. The three new models are the RocketRAID 2644x4, RocketRAID 2640x4 and RocketRAID 2640x1. The 2644x4 connects externally, while the 2640x4 (a four-lane PCI card) and 2640x1 (a one-lane card) offer internal connections and all three connect to both SAS and SATA hard disks. The controllers offer RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5 and JBOD.
HighPoint RAID system
Power Mac G5 and Mac Pro gamers have a new high-performance disk system available to them, through HighPoint Technologies' RocketRAID 2640x4, a 4x PCI-E SAS hard drive RAID system. The system offers users 56-percent increased performance over 10,000 RPM SATA drives, with 128MB per-second transfer speeds, offering users lower average latency and lower read/write seek times. The RocketRAID 2640x4 sells for $165 from HighPoint's website.
MaxUpgrade Mac Pro RAID
MaxUpgrades on Friday unveiled the MaxConnect SAS/SATA Link for Mac Pro, a new PCI Express-based RAID solution that uses the existing internal drives on quad- and eight-core Mac Pro systems. The card connects to the internal drives, allowing users to use several RAID configurations, including 0, 1, 5, and 6. In addition, the device offers full HBA and RAID Control support. MaxUpgrades is offering the device for $230 direct from its website.
4-channel SAS RAID card
HighPoint has released the RocketRAID 2640X4, a four-channel PCI-Express x4 SAS RAID controller that supports RAID levels (0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD). The company claims the new SAS RAID controller offers a new level of flexibility, performance and reliability at an affordable price. The RocketRAID 2640X4 PCI-Express x4 bus speed delivers "true SAS performance" that is 2X the throughput speed of SATA bypassing performance bottlenecks that occur with PCI-Express x1 bus speeds limiting SAS performance throughput to SATA speeds, Highpoint claims.