Microsemi introduces entry-level RAID offerings to its Adaptec line for server storage

Microsemi Corp. announced Tuesday two new adapters in its Adaptec Series 8 product line – the 8405E and 8805E offer server storage customers entry-level systems with redundant array of independent disks (RAID) devices that deliver accelerated performance with built-in cache and uncompromised reliability.

Microsemi’s new devices offer a migration path for those seeking to transition from an alternative software RAID solution to a robust hardware RAID solution. It also provides customers a migration path from the company’s current Series 6E 6 Gbps products to a 12 Gbps solution to future-proof and add additional capabilities to their servers. In addition to offering data reliability, the 8450E and 8805E deliver over nine times improvement in random read SATA SSD performance over the Series 6E devices and increase the bandwidth capability of SAS/SATA devices by 16 times.

As the original true hardware RAID devices offering 12 Gbps throughput at each port, the new cost-effective Microsemi Adaptec Series 8E adapter solutions enable entry-level servers and workstations with redundant boot support and input/output (I/O) intensive applications such as databases, video editing and network video recording (NVR), which require high bandwidth. The 8405E and 8805E support hybrid RAID for maximum performance with solid state drives (SSDs) and cost-efficient redundancy.

The 8405E and 8805E include hardware RAID 0,1,10 to provide data reliability and performance acceleration for up to four and eight direct attach devices; built-in high performance DRAM cache for HDD and SDD performance acceleration; consistent suite of management tools across platforms and operating system, offering ease of use; and support of SAS/SATA devices (versus competitors’ SATA only offerings).

“Our new additions to the Series 8 family were driven by customer demand for a true hardware RAID solution at the entry level. We went a step further by providing on-board cache for accelerated performance, making these devices attractive to both current and new customers,” said Pete Hazen, vice president of scalable storage solutions at Microsemi. “This is the ideal solution for cost-effective servers and workstations that do not require the full-featured capabilities of our Series 8 RAID adapters.”

“At Ingram Micro, we rely exclusively on Microsemi Adaptec SAS/SATA solutions to meet the storage connectivity needs of our diverse customer base of system integrators, OEMs and value added resellers,” said Shelly Dailey, director of product marketing for Ingram Micro. “Expanding its Series 8 product line with the addition of the cost-effective 8E SKUs will allow us to expand our sales to customers in the entry-level server category who need a lower cost solution without sacrificing performance.”

According to a global market intelligence and advisory firm IDC’s recent report, enterprise SSD shipments grew 44 percent year over year in the second quarter of 2016, reaching 3.9 million units per quarter. SAS and SATA SSDs make up more than 85 percent of the server storage market SSD unit shipments today and 100 percent of the hard disk drive (HDD) market shipments, making SAS/SATA connectivity and manageability a central component in the enterprise architecture.

“Entry-level hardware RAID is an essential technology to maximize the performance of SSDs or provide critical data protection in a cost-effective redundancy solution,” said Jeff Janukowicz, research vice president at IDC. “Microsemi has become a key player in the storage market and the addition of an entry-level RAID card to expand its proven 12G Series 8 SAS/SATA product line is another example of that commitment.”

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