Wednesday, September 4, 2013

PMC Drives SSD Flash Performance with 12Gb/s SAS Storage Solution

PMC is pushing the performance of SSD flash storage ahead with the introduction of its Adaptec Series 8 12Gb/s SAS RAID Adapter family for high-performance server and networked storage. The 12Gb/s SAS interface is backward compatible with existing 6Gb/s SAS infrastructures.

The Adaptec 8 series leverages PMC's I/O protocol controllers, RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controllers, SAS expanders, Solid State Drive (SSD) controllers and advanced software to offer a complete 12Gb/s SAS implementation.

This is the first time that a complete 12Gb/s SAS architecture has been available to access the untapped performance of 12Gb/s SSDs.
Adaptec Series 8 delivers >700,000 4k random read RAID I/Os per second, a 60 percent improvement over the previous generation. The technology also provides the flexibility to create hybrid storage arrays of SSDs and HDDs. 
Adaptec’s fourth generation caching solution also features tiering technology that can configure all storage devices in a server environment, not just those connected to PMC hardware. All storage assets in a server can be leveraged according to their performance capabilities with the fastest media used for data acceleration, enabling the most cost-effective storage architecture.

PMC said its 12Gb/s SAS architecture is optimized to deliver the performance, flexibility and density needed for dynamic data in cloud computing, content delivery networks, and mission-critical database applications. The Series 8 family supports the PCI Express 3.0 specification.
"With our new Series 8 RAID adapters, PMC is now addressing all the key points of 12Gb/s SAS connectivity," said Jared Peters, vice president of Server Storage Solutions at PMC. “We designed our Series 8 adapter family to enable denser, faster and more configurable storage environments, which translates directly into faster data delivery and access. With innovations like the maxCache Plus™ tiering capability for Series 8, we continue to provide the technology that helps datacenter architects get the most value and performance out of their storage assets."
"Our new 12Gb/s SAS SSDs dramatically improve response times to dynamic and mission critical data in cloud and datacenter environments, but an end-to-end 12Gb/s SAS architecture is a critical part of the foundation of the build out," said Gary Gentry, senior vice president and general manager of Seagate’s solid state drive business. "Products like PMC’s Series 8 adapters are key elements that will allow data center architects to realize the full benefits of our industry-leading SSD performance."