SOURCE: Promise Technology, Inc.

January 28, 2008 08:03 ET

Promise Breaks New Ground With SAS RAID for Midrange Servers and Workstations

SuperTrak EX and FastTrak TX SAS RAID Controllers Complement Enterprise Capabilities of Promise VTrak Subsystems for Seamless Datacenter-to-Desktop RAID Protection

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - January 28, 2008) - Promise Technology, Inc., a leading supplier of sophisticated RAID storage solutions for enterprise and SMB customers, today announced immediate general availability of its latest generation of SuperTrak EX and FastTrak TX host-based SAS RAID controllers including the SuperTrak EX4650, SuperTrak EX8650, FastTrak TX2650, and the FastTrak TX4650. The SuperTrak EX and the FastTrak TX families of RAID Controllers are available through Promise's worldwide network of distributors and resellers.

Promise now offers seamless, end-to-end SAS solutions from the desktop to the data center with the investment protection of a unified management environment, Promise's WebPAM Pro.

"Product reliability, ease of use and performance are the bread and butter advantages of Promise's product set, and it's no different with the SuperTrak EX line of SAS and SATA RAID Controller cards. Users win powerful functionality from the same RAID code found in Promise's enterprise solutions, and IT managers win ease of use by applying Promise's WebPAM PRO management interface across their storage network," said David G. Hill, principal, Mesabi Group LLC. "Promise's SAS product set extends from the datacenter to the desktop, and applies intelligent engineering to users' needs across the enterprise in both Windows and Linux environments."

Promise's SuperTrak EX offerings are 4- and 8-port internal, hardware-based SAS and SATA RAID controllers using Intel's 81348 IO processor. They support RAID 5 and RAID 6 and are designed for data protection needs based on entry-level and midrange server platforms running all popular Linux distributions as well as Windows. Target applications include disk-to-disk backup, video capture, post production and database applications. Additional models of the SuperTrak EX family are expected to ship by the end of the quarter.

Promise's FastTrak TX offerings are software-based SAS RAID cards using Promise's own SAS/SATA ASIC, and are designed for workstation applications that require the performance, data protection and capacity of RAID 0/1 on top of today's large SAS and SATA hard drives. FastTrak TX RAID is well-suited to power desktop applications like CAD, graphics and data acquisition applications.

Both families of SAS RAID controllers support the PCIe host interface and both SAS and SATA II hard drives.

SuperTrak EX SAS RAID controllers complement Promise's currently shipping VTrak E-Class RAID storage systems which provide mission critical reliability and performance through their fully redundant design and dual RAID and JBOD controller implementations.

"Our end-to-end offerings are very attractive to OEMs and system integrators. A single code base and a unified management interface across the SuperTrak and VTrak product sets make Promise RAID solutions easy to integrate and support. Our channel customers and end-users value the single source reliability they get in a RAID solution that has been tested in the field from the desktop to the datacenter," said Sam Sirisena, senior vice president sales and marketing and general manager, Advanced Storage Group, Promise Technology. "Very few suppliers can offer the range of products that we do, while saving design-in customers time and money with our intelligent, robust software and firmware architectures," Sirisena added.

About Promise Technology, Inc.

With a long history of innovation, Promise Technology develops and manufactures sophisticated RAID solutions -- offering a complete line of RAID controller cards and SAS/SATA RAID subsystems catering to enterprise, mid-range and entry-level data protection needs worldwide. Known as the originator of SATA/ATA RAID products, Promise's comprehensive product base includes high available (HA) standalone RAID subsystems with standards-based management interfaces, host-based (internal) RAID controllers, NAS appliances for SOHO, and SATA ASICs integrated into an extensive list of industry-leading motherboards. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., Promise is ISO-9001:2000 and ISO-14001:2004 certified, and has offices and operations throughout Asia and Europe to support local business partners and customers. For more information, visit Promise Technology's website at http://www.promise.com.

Promise Technology, VTrak, WebPAM and Predictive Data Migration are trademarks or registered trademarks of Promise Technology, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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