PMC today introduced the Adaptec Series 8 12Gb/s SAS RAID Adapter family for high-performance server and networked storage.
Combined with PMC's I/O protocol controllers, RAID-on-Chip (RoC)
controllers, SAS expanders, solid state drive (SSD) controllers and advanced
software, PMC provides a complete 12Gb/s SAS architecture to access the
performance of 12Gb/s SSDs.
Adaptec Series 8 delivers a >700,000 4k random read RAID I/Os per second, a
60 percent improvement over the previous generation. This level of
performance unleashes the full potential of 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, which are twice
as fast as 6Gb/s SAS SSDs and up to 1,000 times faster than traditional hard
The Series 8 family has five models, all based on PMC's 12Gb/s SAS RoC
controllers, in low-profile form factor. Configurations include 16-port
adapters. This high-port technology also provides the flexibility to create
hybrid storage arrays utilizing any combination of SSDs and HDDs. Deploying
hybrid arrays with Series 8 and maxCache Plus caching and tiering software
enables SSDs to accelerate cloud computing applications.
Adaptec's fourth-generation caching solution now includes tiering
technology. The new maxCache Plus with Series 8 provides the flexibility to
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 a cost-effective storage architecture.
12Gb/s SAS is also backward compatible with existing 6Gb/s SAS
The complete family of Adaptec Series 8 RAID adapters includes five unique
SKUs, and will be available in Q4 2013 through Adaptec's distributors and
storage channel partners.