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New Adaptec MaxIQ Storage Controllers With SSD Caching Offer Data Centers Up To 8x Faster Performance and 70 Percent Savings

MILPITAS, Calif., May 12. Adaptec, Inc., the global leader in I/O innovation, today announced the expansion of the Adaptec MaxIQ SSD Caching product portfolio with three new MaxIQ Storage Controllers, a new MaxIQ 64GB Cache Performance Kit, wider support for solid-state drives (SSDs) and enhanced management and analytics tools. Adaptec's MaxIQ SSD Caching products can deliver up to eight times the I/O performance of hard disk drive-only arrays, and reduce capital and operating expenses up to 70 percent by allowing IT managers to build High-Performance Hybrid Arrays (HPHAs) - data storage arrays consisting of both hard disk drives (HDDs) and SSDs.

"Our goal is to provide our customers with performance enhancing products that provide more flexibility and create greater operational efficiencies. Our enhanced Adaptec MaxIQ solutions meet all of these goals," said Jared Peters, vice president of sales and marketing, Adaptec. "As SSDs continue to prove their value in a wide range of enterprise, data center and other high-performance computing environments, the need for effective solutions that allow IT managers to take advantage of SSD performance benefits at the lowest possible cost is paramount."

The Adaptec MaxIQ Storage Controller family is built on Adaptec's advanced data protection and high-performance architecture, and includes Adaptec Intelligent Power Management (IPM) for energy-efficiency, as well as support for all mainstream SSDs including drives from OCZ Technology and STEC, delivering IT managers with increased flexibility when designing storage systems.

"OCZ is constantly looking for new opportunities to provide our customers with innovative ways to integrate SSD technology into enterprise class storage solutions that meet the demanding performance and reliability requirements of data center and computing applications," said Alex Mei, CMO of the OCZ Technology Group. "MaxIQ Caching Software together with OCZ SSDs will increase I/O performance and lower the total cost of ownership while reducing energy consumption, offering a considerable improvement in overall value and performance."

  The Adaptec Q-Series Storage Controller Family includes:
  --  Adaptec MaxIQ 2405Q (4 internal ports)
  --  Adaptec MaxIQ 5805Q (8 internal ports)
  --  Adaptec MaxIQ 5805ZQ (8 internal ports with Zero-Maintenance Cache
      Protection for battery-free data protection)
All MaxIQ Storage Controllers feature 1.2 GHz of processing power, 512MB of DDR2 write cache, MaxIQ Hybrid SSD read caching with support for multiple MLC and SLC SSD devices, and direct I/O connectivity for SATA/SAS SSDs, hard drives, and tape devices. Using SAS expanders, these controllers support up to 256 devices; they also support a broad range of operating systems and are compatible with more than 300 third-party devices. These controllers are also supported by Adaptec Storage Manager for centralized management of all Adaptec RAID controllers on the network.

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