Storage Controllers Improve Performance Without Full System UpgradeBy Jessica Davis | Print
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LSI is offering a family of drop-in MegaRAID SATA+SAS controller cards that double transfer rates for data storage. The controller cards effectively enable VARs to help their customers do more with less by increasing performance while forgoing a full refresh.
Looking to help customers and their VARs do more with less, LSI is releasing a new family of drop-in controllers that can be added to existing equipment to enable faster transfer speeds to stored data, but without upgrading entire systems.
The new high-performance MegaRAID SATA+SAS RAID controller cards are
based on 6Gb/s SAS technology – an improvement from previous
generations that only allowed 3Gb/s. LSI says the MegaRAID 9200 series
controllers provide small to midsize enterprises with high levels of
RAID performance and scalability for internal and external storage.
That’s because they double the data transfer rate of their predecessor 3Gb/s devices, providing up to 2.85GB/s in sequential reads and 1.85GB/s in sequential writes, according to LSI’s internal testing of the devices.
"The idea here is the investment the reseller has made in the existing
technology doesn’t go away," says Suresh Panikar, senior manager,
worldwide channel marketing at LSI. "If they have a need for higher
performance they can add one of the 6Gb/s-based controllers. It is
The new family of controllers also features new software technology that enables the use of longer cables. They also support self-discovery and self-configuring expanders.
It also features LSI SafeStore Encryption Services, together with SEDs, to secure drives’ data from unauthorized access or modification as a result of theft, loss or repurposing of drives, according to LSI. Local key management resides in the controller.
LSI is pitching the technology for storage environments for video applications and medical and research applications, as well as the existing base of file servers and Web servers.
The new product family is part of LSI’s efforts, first launched earlier this year, to expand its partner base of resellers, VARs, solution providers, systems integrators and other systems builders.
Pricing is as follows:
- MegaRAID 9260-4i (4-port): $389
- MegaRAID 9260-8i (8-port): $599
- MegaRAID 9260DE-8i (8-port): $729
- MegaRAID 9280-8e (8-port): $859
- MegaRAID 9280DE-8e (8-port): $945
LSI says the 9200 series controllers feature the LSISAS2108 6Gb/s SAS
RAID-On-Chip (ROC), 512MB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM and an x8 PCI Express 2.0
host interface. The controllers are bundled with MegaRAID Storage
Manager software for simplified creation, monitoring and maintenance of