Adaptec RAID Controllers Bring Small Form Factor Data Protection, Affordability to Hitachi Servers

8/22/2002 - Hitachi has selected Adaptec's low-profile zero- and single-channel RAID cards for its new model of HA8000 series servers as demand for affordable, small form factor RAID protection continues to grow and major computer makers in Japan increasingly look to Adaptec for RAID products.

"Low-profile designs are vital to preventing server and storage sprawl and reducing the related IT costs as companies work to accommodate exploding data growth," said Tim Connolly, director of RAID marketing for Adaptec's Storage Solutions Group. "Adaptec is meeting the high-density and pedestal server markets' growing need for low-profile, power-thrifty RAID controllers. We are delighted that Hitachi has selected Adaptec SCSI RAID products for its HA8000 series servers and look forward to providing RAID cards for its Ultra320 designs."

"The Adaptec SCSI RAID 2000S and 2005S give us the data protection our small form factor server customers need by combining the flexibility of an add-on card with the cost economies of motherboards with integrated RAID," said Toru Kaneko, general manager, development operation, for Hitachi's Internet systems platform division. "With Adaptec's innovative zero channel RAID solutions, we can provide our customers with robust data protection in low-profile designs."

Hitachi will integrate the Ultra160 zero channel RAID controllers, the Adaptec SCSI RAID 2000S and 2005S, with its entry-level pedestal HA8000/70W, 1U rackmount HA8000/110W and 3U HA8000/130W servers and offer the single-channel RAID card, the Adaptec SCSI RAID 2110S, as an option. The HA8000 servers are geared toward medium and large companies demanding high data availability and optimum price/performance.

The Adaptec SCSI RAID 2110S is an affordable full-featured, microprocessor-based Ultra160 SCSI RAID card. The zero channel controllers - the credit card-sized Adaptec SCSI RAID 2005S and the low-profile Adaptec SCSI RAID 2000S - feature Adaptec's EMRL (Embedded RAID Logic) technology and other advanced logic that allow them to use the Adaptec SCSI channels on the motherboard, eliminating the need for channels on the cards themselves to reduce size and cost. The 64-bit/66MHz RAID cards' small form factor designs and power-efficient microprocessors make them ideal for high-density servers.

RAID Everywhere
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 Hitachi (
Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 2001 (ended March 31, 2001) consolidated sales of 7,994 billion yen ($60.1 billion). The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment.

About Adaptec (
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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