SOURCE: Adaptec

October 17, 2005 08:30 ET

Adaptec Announces Storage Industry's Broadest Family of Internal Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Storage Solutions

Interoperable SAS Product Family Includes HBAs, RAID Controllers, Advanced Data Protection Software and Enclosures to Enable SAS Solution Deployments

MILPITAS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 17, 2005 -- Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), a global leader in storage solutions, today announced the industry's broadest family of internal Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) products including a new Adaptec SAS Host Bus Adapter (HBA), two Adaptec SAS RAID controllers, one for PCI-X and one for PCIe servers, a four-bay internal storage enclosure and the Adaptec Advanced Data Protection Suite. Adaptec also announced two SAS subsystems (see related release titled "Adaptec Strengthens External Storage Product Line with Two SAS Storage Subsystems"). With this extensive SAS product line, Adaptec is the first vendor enabling system builders and enterprises to easily deploy a variety of SAS storage solutions to meet a wide range of performance, capacity, and cost requirements.

SAS is the next generation SCSI interface that delivers significant improvements in scalability, performance, reliability, and flexibility over parallel SCSI by leveraging a serial architecture for data transport. SAS provides an ideal solution for businesses with substantial storage capacity requirements, demanding transaction-oriented applications, and throughput intensive data environments. Adaptec, a pioneer and leader in parallel SCSI for 20 years, is currently leading the transition to SAS with more than 44,000 SAS devices shipped since January 2005 through its Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers. Now, Adaptec is delivering the broadest range of proven SAS products to the channel.

"Technology transitions are led by companies that develop reputable products, educate the marketplace and provide exceptional customer service. Adaptec has significant experience as a pioneer in the SCSI market and today's announcement of its new SAS-based offerings product portfolio further demonstrates Adaptec's commitment to be a trusted industry leader," said Brian Babineau, an analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group. "As more SAS products become available from additional vendors over the next several months, I also expect Adaptec to take a lead in delivering multi-vendor interoperability, similar to the efforts they made during the initial adoption of SCSI technology."

"The industry transition to SAS is significant and Adaptec knew that launching a few point products would do nothing to help customers deploy the technology and ultimately understand first-hand the benefits of SAS," said Marc Lowe, vice president and general manager of the Adaptec Data Protection Solutions group. "By delivering an end-to-end product family that has already been interoperability tested and proven, we are enabling white box suppliers and value added resellers to capture a time-to-market advantage while enabling end user customers to be successful with their first SAS deployments."

Adaptec Server-Optimized SAS Product Family

The Adaptec SAS product family delivers a complete solution for internal and external storage. Adaptec internal SAS products are designed to be interoperable with Adaptec SAS external storage products (see related Adaptec SAS Subsystems release) as well as 3rd party offerings to allow customers to deploy a complete, trusted SAS solution. In addition, Adaptec Storage Manager™ software provides the critical centralized management, monitoring and configuration capabilities across all Adaptec RAID products to simplify management in enterprise deployments. The product line consists of:

Adaptec Serial Attached SCSI 48300 Card: SAS connectivity that is especially suited for increasing performance in audio/video streaming and I/O intensive applications. The Adaptec 48300 low profile form factor HBA features eight 3.0Gb/s SAS or SATA ports configured as one x4 internal connector for internal drives and one x4 external connector for JBOD expansion. Adaptec trusted HostRAID™ offers data protection via RAID levels 0, 1, 10 (RAID 10 available in November). Prices start at $360 USD Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP).

Adaptec Serial Attached SCSI RAID 4800SAS and 4805SAS Controllers: High performance, 8-port RAID controllers for SAS storage environments that can be easily added to a server using either a PCI-X or PCIe host interface slot. Both support SAS or SATA drives and have two internal x4 connectors and an external x4 connector for JBOD expansion. They come with 128MB of ECC-protected DDR2 DRAM and standard RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50. Adaptec RAID Code (ARC) offers increased data protection and simplified maintenance that includes Hot Swap, Hot Spares, RAID Level Migration, Online Capacity Expansion, and Optimized Disk Utilization. Additional features are available through the Advanced Data Protection Suite enhancement option. Adaptec SAS RAID controllers are available starting at an MSRP of $945 USD for the 4800SAS and $995 USD for the 4805SAS.

Adaptec Storage Enclosure 335SAS : The Adaptec 335SAS is a unique Adaptec product designed to facilitate simple, low-risk production SAS deployments in a variety of existing server environments. It is a highly reliable, hot-swappable 3.5" 4 bay internal enclosure that accommodates both SAS and SATA drives. With SES2 enclosure management, active cooling, audible alarm plus failure indication LEDs, and slim CD-ROM bay, the Adaptec 335SAS provides optimal performance and reliability. Up to two enclosures can be supported by a single Adaptec SAS or SATA II RAID card. Prices start at $369 USD MSRP.

Advanced Data Protection Suite: With this collection of optional software features, Adaptec RAID controllers offer the highest level of data protection in the industry. Five unique features make up this suite: Hot Space (RAID-5EE) allows users to distribute the hot spare disk space across the array in order to increase performance. Dual Drive Failure Protection (patent-pending RAID 6 implementation) provides extra fault tolerance against data loss with the ability to survive the simultaneous failure of two drives. Striped Mirror (RAID-1E) delivers RAID 1 protection across more than two drives including an odd number of drives for enhanced performance. Snapshot Backup helps users manage data by taking point-in-time snapshots to simplify tape or disk backup. Copyback Hot Spare improves tracking and maintenance by automatically reconfiguring a disk cabinet to the original hot spare location after replacing a failed drive. Users can activate the Advanced Data Protection Suite via license key. Pricing and feature availability will be announced by year end.

Adaptec Serial Attached SCSI 48300 Card is currently available through distribution to resellers and through the Adaptec online store. All other Adaptec server-optimized SAS products will be available in November.

Adaptec Enabling SAS Support Ecosystem

In an effort to enable a seamless migration to SAS for its customers and reseller partners, Adaptec has established an infrastructure of SAS support programs. These programs include introductory SAS tutorials, certified technical training courses, an online SAS education center, storage advisor weblog, bundled SAS product evaluation and starter kits for resellers and end users, and the Adaptec Trusted SAS Compatibility Lab for multi-vendor testing of interoperability between Adaptec and 3rd party SAS products. Free, useful tools are also available from Adaptec including the "Make the Right Connections" cable guide and poster that illustrates the proper use of SAS cables. Visit www.adaptec.com/sas for more information.

About Adaptec

Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT) provides trusted storage solutions that reliably move, manage, and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec's software and hardware-based solutions are delivered through leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and channel partners to provide storage connectivity, data protection, and networked storage to enterprises, government organizations, medium and small businesses, and consumers worldwide. Adaptec is an S&P Small Cap 600 Index member. More information is available at www.adaptec.com.

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