8/13/2002 - Adaptec introduced a family of four Ultra320 SCSI RAID controllers, including two zero channel solutions, that take aim at the high-density server market's growing need for affordable low-profile cards that streamline data storage and reduce related costs.
"Adaptec's Ultra320 SCSI RAID controllers deliver the performance and data protection companies need to minimize their server and storage system space requirements and IT costs as they manage ever-increasing amounts of data," said Steve Cochran, vice president of Adaptec's Storage Solutions Group. "This complete family of Ultra320 SCSI RAID solutions extends Adaptec's RAID leadership as we combine the most robust RAID capabilities available with Ultra320 SCSI for video editing, streaming video and audio applications and other environments where performance and reliability are paramount."
The family includes a single- and two-channel controller - the Adaptec SCSI RAID 2120S and 2200S, respectively - with advanced features that simplify storage management to lower total cost of ownership. With two of these features, RAID-level migration and Online Capacity Expansion, administrators can reconfigure fault-tolerance settings and increase storage array capacity on the fly, a flexibility that enables customers to seamlessly meet their expanding storage needs.
Designed for pedestal and rackmount servers, the Adaptec SCSI RAID 2200S and 2120S controllers allow full-capacity use of drives of different sizes mixed in a RAID so the array can be upgraded with higher-capacity drives without wasting the extra storage space. Competing products limit use of disk drive space to the smallest-capacity drive in an array.
Adaptec's Ultra320 zero channel RAID cards - the Adaptec SCSI RAID 2015S and 2010S controllers - feature Adaptec's EMRL (Embedded RAID Logic) technology and other advanced logic that allow the controllers to leverage the Adaptec SCSI channels on the motherboard, eliminating the need for channels on the cards themselves to reduce size and cost. The cards combine the cost advantage of a built-in RAID on the motherboard solution with the flexibility of an add-on card, and their small form factor designs and power-efficient microprocessors are ideal for high-density servers.
The four cards are managed under Adaptec's new management software - Adaptec Storage Manager - Browser Edition - to simplify RAID management and reduce related costs by allowing system administrators to remotely manage, monitor and configure RAID subsystems through convenient password-protected web access.
All feature Adaptec's Seamless StreamingTM technology to optimize Ultra320 SCSI data transfer rates.
Availability and Pricing
First products will be available in September. MSRP for the Adaptec Ultra320 SCSI RAID controllers is as follows:
Using two or more disk drives instead of one to enhance disk performance, error recovery, and fault tolerance, RAID technology protects critical data and accelerates information exchange in businesses of every size. Through its "RAID Everywhere" initiative, Adaptec is driving mainstream adoption of RAID data protection in PC-server, high-end PC and external storage markets by making the technology more affordable and easy to use. Adaptec has simplified RAID installation and support with easy-to-use management software tools and 24x7 global customer care. "RAID Everywhere" also includes new RAID product and technology development, compatibility testing with motherboards, operating systems, applications and disk drives, and RAID application education, all designed to help RAID data protection become a part of every server shipped.
About Adaptec (www.adaptec.com)
Adaptec Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT) provides highly available storage access solutions that reliably move, manage and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec's storage solutions are found in high-performance networks, servers, workstations and desktops from the world's leading manufacturers, and are sold through OEMs and distribution channels to ISPs, enterprises, medium and small businesses and consumers. Adaptec is an S&P SmallCap 600 Index member.
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