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Adaptec Strengthens SATA Product Line with New SATA II 4-Port and 8-Port RAID Controllers for Cost-Effective, High-Performance Storage

  • 14 October, 2005 09:26

<p>Industry’s First SATA II RAID-on-Chip Controllers offer Advanced Data Protection — Including Array Snapshot and RAID 6 — for Maximum Fault Tolerance</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia – October 14, 2005 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), a global leader in trusted storage solutions, today announced a new family of enterprise RAID controllers for its Serial ATA (SATA) product line, the Adaptec Serial ATA II RAID 2420SA and the Adaptec Serial ATA II 2820SA. The Adaptec 2420SA and 2820SA are the industry’s first SATA II RAID on Chip (ROC) solutions, delivering maximum performance and cost-effectiveness compared to products that rely on a separate processor and I/O controller. These new SATA II controllers also raise-the-bar in data protection with an optional software upgrade that includes industry-first support for array snapshots to simplify enterprise backup of block data and advanced RAID capabilities such as Dual Drive Failure Protection (RAID 6 on Adaptec 2820SA only) to protect against the simultaneous failure of up to two drives.</p>
<p>Adaptec 2420SA and 2820SA support standard SATA II features including Native Command Queuing (NCQ) to optimise the execution of commands. In addition, there are several optional features which can be easily added at any time by purchasing a license for Adaptec’s Advanced Data Protection Suite. Included in the Advanced Data Protection Suite is patent-pending Adaptec RAID 6 technology (Adaptec 2820SA only), as well as support for Hot Space (RAID 5EE) and Striped Mirror (RAID 1E). Snapshot Backup, another feature included with the Advanced Data Protection Suite, provides the ability to create point-in-time copies of data stored on an internal or external array in order to improve enterprise backup operations; while Copyback Hot Spare allows system administrators to designate a drive location as a hot spare. After a drive failure and replacement, the controller will automatically migrate back to the original configuration.</p>
<p>“Adaptec continues to pioneer products based on the serial architecture in an ongoing effort to provide our customers with higher performing, more cost effective solutions they can trust to protect their critical business data,” said Tim Connolly, vice president of marketing for the Adaptec Data Protection Solutions group. “The Adaptec 2420SA and 2820SA are the first of several exciting new products coming before the end of the year that further this commitment as well as provides advanced, pay-as-you-grow data protection features to meet almost any business need.”</p>
<p>Adaptec Serial ATA II RAID 2820SA is an 8-port SATA II RAID controller designed for workstations and servers with a 64-bit 133MHz PCI-X host interface and connects up to eight SATA or SATA II disk drives. The Adaptec Serial ATA II 2420SA includes 4 SATA II ports and is also ideal for high density servers and workstations. In addition to the integrated ROC ASIC, the cards provide 128MB standard or 256MB (optional) of ECC-protected DDR DRAM and an optional battery unit. Industry-proven Adaptec RAID Code (ARC) offers the most trusted data protection available along with Adaptec Storage Manager™ for single interface management across all Adaptec RAID products.</p>
<p>Adaptec PCI-X to Serial ATA II RAID 2420SA and 2820SA Features:</p>
<p>- SATA II feature support including Native Command Queuing (NCQ), 3Gb/s per port, SES2 enclosure management;</p>
<p>- Connects with SATA or SATA II drives;</p>
<p>- 128MB fixed memory (256MB optional), ECC protected;</p>
<p>- Adaptec AIC-8210 SATA II ROC;</p>
<p>- Adaptec Storage Manager management software;</p>
<p>- ½ length full height form factor;</p>
<p>- Standard RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50 and optional RAID levels 1E, 5EE, 6 and 60 (RAID 6 and 60 on Adaptec 2820SA only);</p>
<p>- Optional array Snapshot Backup and Copyback Hot Spare;</p>
<p>- Hot swap, hot spares, Online Capacity Expansion, RAID Level Migration, Optimised Disk Utilisation;</p>
<p>- Optional battery module for cache backup;</p>
<p>- Supports Windows, Linux, Netware, and FreeBSD operating systems.</p>
<p>Adaptec SATA Product Family</p>
<p>The Adaptec 2420SA and 2820SA join a family of Adaptec SATA products which includes a variety of 0, 2, 4, 8, and 16 port models. The Adaptec 2420SA and 2820SA will also be compatible with the family of Adaptec Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) RAID controllers scheduled for release before the end of the year. This means that customers using Adaptec SATA II controllers can upgrade to Adaptec SAS controllers and attach their SATA drives seamlessly, providing a simple upgrade path that customers can leverage at any time they’re ready to move to Serial Attached SCSI (SAS). For more information, see the SATA products section of the Adaptec web site at www.adaptec.com.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>The Adaptec Serial ATA II RAID 2820SA will begin shipping through distribution partners to resellers in November and the Adaptec 2420SA will begin shipping in December. Both products will also be available through the Adaptec online store. Pricing begins at A$579.00 including GST for the 2420SA and A$879.00 including GST for the 2820SA. For more information please visit www.adaptec.com.</p>
<p>About Adaptec</p>
<p>Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT) provides trusted storage solutions that reliably move, manage, and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec’s software and hardware-based solutions are delivered through leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and channel partners to provide storage connectivity, data protection, and networked storage to enterprises, government organizations, medium and small businesses, and consumers worldwide. Adaptec is an S&amp;P Small Cap 600 Index member. More information is available at www.adaptec.com.</p>
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<p>MEDIA CONTACT:</p>
<p>Rob Stirling
Markom Marketing
+61 2 9977 8922
rob_stirling@markom.com.au</p>
<p>Demetri Christodoulou
Adaptec Australia
+61 2 8875 7874
demetri@adaptec.com</p>

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