LSI Launches New Generation of High-Performance RAID Controller Cards Based on 6Gb/s SAS Technology
Extensive SATA+SAS controller line delivers powerful performance advantage and innovative features to enable channel partners to gain a competitive edge
Milpitas, Calif., July 28, 2009 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today launched in the channel a new generation of high-performance MegaRAID® SATA+SAS RAID controller cards based on 6Gb/s SAS technology. With innovative new 6Gb/s SAS product features and support for SATA, SAS and solid-state drives (SSDs), the MegaRAID 9200 series controllers provide small- to mid-sized enterprises with superior levels of RAID performance and scalability for internal and external storage.
The MegaRAID 9200 series controllers, featuring the LSISAS2108 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (ROC), double the data transfer rates of their 3Gb/s predecessors to deliver industry-leading performance with up to 2.88 GB/s in sequential reads and 1.87 GB/s in sequential writes. The superior read/write performance makes them ideally suited for a broad range of application workloads, from data center applications such as email and database servers to more compute-intensive applications such as streaming video, OLTP and data archival.
The 9200 series controllers provide channel customers with a low-cost upgrade that is designed to easily integrate with existing 3Gb/s SATA and SAS infrastructure to offer dramatically improved performance and scalability.
"LSI's strong channel partnerships are a key strategic advantage in the marketplace and central to the company's business strategy," said Phil Bullinger, executive vice president and general manager, Engenio Storage Group, LSI. "As the world's No. 1 provider of RAID controllers in the channel, our commitment to channel partners starts at the top, reaches throughout the company and is backed by the industry's most complete selection of SATA and SAS RAID controllers and host bus adapters. With today's launch, we're providing our partners with a powerful performance advantage and focused innovations that address their customers' evolving storage requirements in an ultra-competitive industry."
New features and flexible drive support
New 6Gb/s SAS (http://www.lsi.com/innovation/sas/index.html) product features include support for self-discovery/self-configuring expanders and longer cables, simplifying the deployment of larger and more complex storage topologies. The new controllers also bring standardized zoning which improves storage efficiencies by allowing multiple servers to share storage devices.
The 9200 series controllers also deliver the flexibility to support both high-performance SAS hard drives and cost-effective, high-capacity SATA drives, as well as energy-efficient SSDs. Industry-first support for self-encrypting drives (SEDs) is also provided for enhanced data security utilizing LSI SafeStore Encryption Services
LSI SafeStore Encryption Services, together with SEDs, secure a drive's data from unauthorized access or modification resulting from theft, loss or repurposing of drives. Local key management in the controller is designed to protect data from security breaches with minimal cost and complexity.
Pricing and availability(1)
MegaRAID 9260-4i (http://www.lsi.com/DistributionSystem/AssetDocument/MR_SAS9260-41_PB_072209.pdf) (4-port): $389
MegaRAID 9260-8i (http://www.lsi.com/DistributionSystem/AssetDocument/MR_SAS9260-8i_9260DE-8i_PB_072209.pdf)(8-port): $599
MegaRAID 9260DE-8i (8-port)(2): $729
MegaRAID 9280-8e (http://www.lsi.com/DistributionSystem/AssetDocument/MR_SAS9280-8e_SAS9280DE-8e_PB_072209.pdf)(8-port): $859
MegaRAID 9280DE-8e (8-port)(2): $945
The 9200 series controllers feature 512 MB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM and an x8 PCI Express 2.0 host interface. They are bundled with MegaRAID Storage Manager, a Java-based software management tool designed to simplify the creation, monitoring and maintenance of storage configurations.
LSI offers an extensive portfolio of SATA and SAS solutions, including MegaRAID controllers, HBAs (host bus adapters), ROMB (RAID on motherboard) and integrated RAID products. The products are supplied through the LSI worldwide network of distributors, integrators and VARs. The MegaRAID 9260-8i controller is immediately available. Expected availability for all models in the 9200 series is the third quarter of 2009.
Additional information is available in an online press kit at http://www.lsi.com/presskit and at the LSI Channel Gateway (www.lsichannelgateway.com).
Editor's Note: Partner Quote Sheet follows in alphabetical order by company name.
"AIC and LSI are working together to ensure plug-and-play interoperability across our next generation solutions to bring the performance and scalability advantages of 6Gb/s SAS to our joint customers," said Gene Lee, Senior Vice President of AIC. "The combination of AIC storage enclosures with LSI MegaRAID controllers based on 6Gb/s SAS technology will enable system builders and OEMs to cost-effectively meet the diverse application requirements of a wide variety of markets." (www.aicipc.com)
"As 6Gb/s SAS adoption ramps in the market, it is critical for customers to have access to solutions that are compatible with both their current and future infrastructure without issue," said Hank Chen, Vice President of Product Division, Chenbro. "The interoperability between our high-density storage server rackmount chassis and the new LSI MegaRAID 9200 controllers will improve the performance of existing 3Gb/s SATA and SAS infrastructure to offer an immediate return on investment." (www.chenbro.com)
"Organizations of all sizes face constant pressure to meet their growing storage performance and capacity requirements," said KJ Lee, President, CI Design. "6Gb/s SAS has emerged as a cost-effective solution to address these challenges and compatibility between our high-performance storage enclosure solutions and the new LSI 9200 series RAID controllers is critical to delivering the high-speed data transfer rates customers seek." (www.cidesign.com)
"Today's enterprise applications demand storage technologies that deliver fast and reliable access to data, and 6Gb/s SAS has emerged as a cost-effective solution to meet these requirements," said Dean Amini, Director, Enterprise Market & Strategy, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "Building upon the compatibility across our 3Gb/s SAS product families, Hitachi and LSI are working together to deliver interoperability between the Ultrastar C10K300 drives and the LSI MegaRAID 9200 controllers to enable system builders and end-users to capitalize on the improved performance and configuration flexibility offered by 6Gb/s SAS." (www.hitachigst.com)
"Technology alignment paves the way for a smooth transition to the 6Gb/s SAS generation," said David Brown, General Manager of Intel's Channel Server Products division. "To make this a reality, it is critical that Intel works closely with 6Gb/s SAS building block providers such as LSI to ensure interoperability across the complete SAS ecosystem. This will be key to accelerating the deployment of 6Gb/s SAS-enabled Intel server and RAID products in the marketplace." (www.Intel.com)
"A company's data is one of its most valuable assets and the deployment of Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs) is the simplest, most cost-effective method of protecting data from security breaches," said Henry Fabian, executive director of marketing, Seagate. "The powerful combination of LSI MegaRAID 9200 series controllers with local key management, used with Seagate SEDs allows even the one-man IT department to afford a government-grade security solution." (www.seagate.com)
"By combining Supermicro's application-optimized server, workstation and blade technology with LSI's 6Gb/s SAS controllers, we've delivered industry leading solutions in the performance driven computing and storage segments," said Charles Liang, CEO and president of Supermicro. "In addition to the benefits of increased performance, reliability and scalability with 6Gb/s SAS, our customers will profit from the time-to-market advantage of our application-optimized designs and fully verified solutions." (www.supermicro.com)
"6Gb/s SAS presents a new solution to tackle the growing storage requirements created by new media applications and the explosion of digital content," said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of enterprise storage solutions, WD. "Compatibility between the new LSI MegaRAID 9200 series controllers and WD RE4-GP 2 TB SATA hard drives will enable system integrators to connect to a larger number of devices and build larger storage topologies to deliver never before seen levels of scalability and capacity." (www.wdc.com)
LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) is a leading provider of innovative silicon, systems and software technologies that enable products which seamlessly bring people, information and digital content together. The company offers a broad portfolio of capabilities and services including custom and standard product ICs, adapters, systems and software that are trusted by the world's best known brands to power leading solutions in the Storage and Networking markets. More information is available at http://www.lsi.com.
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