Adaptec hasn't cornered the market on serial-attached SCSI (SAS), but a multi-part product rollout covers a lot of ground, from adapters to data subsystems and educational forums.
On Monday, the vendor will introduce a SAS host bus adapter (HBA), SAS RAID controllers, a four-bay enclosure, data protection software, and two SAS subsystems. In parallel, Adaptec's putting five SAS bloggers on the case and is launching a SAS education center to help customers understand their options and to get better informed about interoperability and migration strategies, says Tim Connolly, vice president of the vendor's data protection solutions group.
That sort of education and outreach can't come too soon, according to Richard Nelson, director of computing for the Information Science Institute (ISI) at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He says he's drowning in acronyms among all the flavors of SCSI available, the various versions of IDE, and now a new flock of serial technologies.
"The biggest challenge for vendors is to de-mystify all this -- the storage industry has a credibility challenge, since there are solutions at every price point," Nelson says, adding that he'll make sure SAS has all the reliability and error correction of SCSI before undertaking any migration or upgrade.
Adaptec said its SAS 48300 HBA has eight 3-gigabit SAS or Serial ATA (SATA) ports that can be configured as internal or external connectors. It offers data protection at RAID 0 and 1, with RAID 10 available in November. Pricing starts at $360. Its RAID 4800SAS and 4805SAS controllers are eight-port units that come with either a PCI-X or PCIe host interface slot. They're equipped with Adaptec RAID Code (ARC) software for data protection and simplified maintenance. Pricing starts at $945. The 335SAS is a 3.5-inch 4-bay enclosure for both SAS and SATA drives. Two enclosures can be supported by a single Adaptec SAS or SATA II RAID card; pricing starts at $369.