SOURCE: Adaptec

March 13, 2007 08:30 ET

Adaptec Launches the Industry's Broadest Family of Unified Serial™ RAID Controllers for the PCI Express Interface

Industry-First Low-Profile, Multi-Port Controllers Deliver Cost-Effective Connectivity for Both High-Capacity Serial ATA (SATA) and High-Performance Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Drives

MILPITAS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 13, 2007 -- Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), a global leader in storage solutions, today launched the most comprehensive family of Unified Serial™ RAID controllers for the PCI Express (PCIe) interface. The new family consists of five different products and includes 4- and 8-port low-profile models, as well as the industry's only 12- and 16-port designs. Ideal for bandwidth-intensive applications including media servers, email databases, and application servers, these Adaptec Unified Serial RAID controllers deliver enhanced I/O performance, expanded scalability and high throughput.

"Fujitsu and Adaptec were early to develop serial interface products for widespread enterprise adoption," said Joel Hagberg, vice president, marketing and business development, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. "We enjoy a close relationship with Adaptec and the combination of Fujitsu serial hard drives with Adaptec Unified Serial controllers provides our customers and partners with compatible, tested solutions that will enhance performance and scale to manage enterprise data intensive applications."

The new family of Adaptec Unified Serial controllers enable enterprises to significantly boost the performance, scalability and reliability of their SATA disk drive-based solutions, coupled with the ability to also connect to high-performance SAS drives or both types of drives in the same system. In addition, by leveraging the industry's most comprehensive compatibility test lab, Adaptec has ensured that its Unified Serial controllers are compatible and fully supported by over 270 third-party systems and devices.

"Our goal is to continue to provide the most reliable, scalable, and cost-effective SAS/SATA storage enclosures to our customers," said Gene Lee, vice president of AIC, whose enclosure products went through extensive compatibility testing with the new Adaptec PCIe RAID controllers. "With Adaptec's latest RAID technology and its trusted reliability, AIC/Xtore is proud to team with Adaptec to offer users compatible storage components with leading performance and capacity support."

About the New Adaptec Unified Serial RAID Controllers

Adaptec's new family of Unified Serial RAID controllers are available with 4 to 16 3Gb/s ports and offer connectivity to both SATA and SAS disk drives. Designed specifically for entry to mid-range servers and workstations, the family consists of five (5) new solutions: The Adaptec RAID 3405 with 4 internal ports, the Adaptec RAID 3805 with 8 internal ports, the Adaptec RAID 31205 with 12 internal ports, the Adaptec RAID 31605 with 16 internal ports, and the Adaptec RAID 3085 with 8 external ports and the industry's first dual path failover functionality for external data path redundancy.

All of these new controllers come standard with Adaptec's legendary RAID data protection including the protection against the failure of two disk drives (RAID 6) and high-performance RAID 5 with hot space (RAID 5EE). The Adaptec Advanced Data Protection Suite also includes RAID 1E and Copyback Hot Spare for improved management and the ability to automatically reset a hot spare configuration. Customers can also choose to purchase the optional Snapshot Backup feature that creates a point-in-time copy of an array for improved data backup, management and disaster recovery.

In addition to a wide range of customer benefits, Adaptec's suite of Unified Serial RAID controllers for PCIe also enables system builders to sell a wide range of solutions with a variety of price points using a single storage architecture.

Features and Benefits

--  Unified Serial Architecture enables the use of both SATA and SAS hard
    disk drives for optimal flexibility, capacity and performance options;
    
--  Supports PCIe host interface with up to 256MB ECC-protected data cache
    
--  Adaptec RAID Code (ARC) delivers the industry's most advanced feature
    set. In addition to standard RAID levels (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10,
    and RAID 50), the Adaptec Advanced Data Protection Suite delivers improved
    hot spare performance (RAID 5EE) and a patented RAID 6/60 technology
    allowing for up to two simultaneous drive failures.
    
--  Supports array sizes up to 512TB -- allowing full usage of new, higher
    capacity SATA drives
    
--  Utilizes the Adaptec Storage Manager, a next-generation storage
    management software that runs on all Adaptec controllers for optimizing
    RAID data volumes, disk utilization, provisioning, diagnostics and storage
    expansion.
    
"The enterprise storage market is evolving significantly as high-capacity, high-reliability SATA drives become an increasingly substantial part of today's corporate storage strategy. Western Digital is addressing this fast-growing market segment with a family of enterprise-class SATA drives, ready for SAS-system integration," said Darrin Bulik, senior manager of enterprise marketing at Western Digital whose drives also went through compatibility testing with the new Adaptec PCIe RAID controllers. "Adaptec is enabling this market with a broad family of controllers that provide customers the flexibility to scale with SATA and/or SAS drives in the same system. The two companies worked together in testing WD drives for compatibility with the new Adaptec PCIe RAID controllers to ensure a technologically seamless experience for customers."

"We continue to make it easier for our resellers and system builders to do business with Adaptec. They can standardize on one vendor who has the broadest product line of low- and high-port Unified Serial RAID controllers for PCI, PCI-X and now, new low-profile models for PCIe," said Suresh Panikar, director of marketing for the Data Protection Solutions Group at Adaptec. "With Adaptec's trusted reliability and extensive compatibility and interoperability testing, customers are assured that our solutions will work in the most demanding application environments. While we've priced these solutions extremely competitively and in line with current SATA-based controllers, our customers get the added benefit of support for both SATA and SAS drives with any of these new Adaptec offerings."

Pricing and Availability

The new Adaptec RAID 3405 (4-port), 3805 (8-port), 3085 (8-port), 31205 (12-port), and 31605 (16-port) controllers will be shipping and available through worldwide distributors and resellers on March 30, 2007. Pricing is $390 U.S. MSRP for the 3405, $575 U.S. MSRP for the 3805, $745 U.S. MSRP for the 3085, $795 U.S. MSRP for the 31205, and $995 U.S. MSRP for the 31605. Adaptec currently offers the industry's most complete line of multi-port Unified Serial RAID controllers that support both SATA and SAS disk drives and offer connectivity to both the PCIe and PCI-X interconnect. For more information, please visit www.adaptec.com or call 1-800-442-7274.

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 worldwide. More information is available at www.adaptec.com.

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