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LSI Expands 6Gb/s SAS Family With New High Port Count Storage Adapters

MILPITAS, Calif., July 27. LSI Corporation today launched in the channel new high port count 6Gb/s SATA+SAS MegaRAID and 3ware RAID controller cards and host bus adapters (HBAs). The new storage adapters support both internal storage and external JBOD expansion to provide customers with a scalable and reliable solution to address the growing storage requirements in application environments ranging from cloud computing and video streaming to high-performance computing and general-purpose servers.

"By offering the industry's broadest portfolio of 6Gb/s SATA+SAS storage solutions with end-to-end interoperability and single vendor support, LSI has established itself as a comprehensive storage building block supplier to the channel," said Brent Blanchard, director of worldwide channel sales and marketing, LSI. "The new lineup of high port count adapters enable our channel partners to deliver scalable, high-density storage solutions that allow end customers to start small and grow storage capacity with minimal added cost and complexity."

The new storage adapters range from four to 28 ports in a variety of internal and external connector configurations. With models offering up to 24 internal ports, the adapters allow a single card to support up to 24 drives inside a server via direct connections. The cards are designed to enable system integrators to deliver high-density server storage solutions offering new levels of performance, reliability and availability. Deployment of a single card within a server chassis also helps to lower hardware costs and reduce power consumption through fewer components. Server I/O slots are also conserved, providing users with greater system configuration flexibility.

Using the external SAS ports, the adapters also support external connectivity for cost-effective storage expansion beyond the server. The adapters are fully validated with LSI(TM) 600 series JBODs for external expansion up to 240 devices, enabling growing businesses to address storage capacity requirements of up to 480 terabytes. The entire LSI portfolio of high port count RAID controllers features the LSISAS2108 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (ROC) and 36-port LSISAS2x36 6Gb/s SAS expander IC and supports 512MB DDR2 cache and optional battery backup for maximum performance and reliability.

LSI MegaRAID 6Gb/s SATA+SAS controllers are designed to deliver high performance for random I/O and transactional read and write applications such as web servers, file servers and OLTP servers. The new high port count controllers include the MegaRAID SAS 9260-16i, featuring sixteen internal ports; the 9280-16i4e, with sixteen internal and four external ports; and the MegaRAID SAS 9280-24i4e with twenty-four internal and four external ports.

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