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Entry-level controllers boast high-end functionality


Drive Control Corporation (DCC) has announced the immediate availability of Adaptec's new family of entry-level Unified Serial Series 2 RAID controllers.

Built on the company's dual RAID-on-Chip (ROC) architecture, the 800 MHZ Dual-Core controllers are aimed at smaller organisations that want to enhance the performance and scalability of their low-cost data storage systems.
The controllers offer the performance usually associated with advanced hardware RAID 0, 1 and 10, independent of the server and the operating system.  Its internal and external port architecture improves configurability plus the series offers greater support for Open Source drivers and is less vulnerable to virus attacks.
"Adaptec provides system integrators and value-added resellers with the ability to meet their customers' data storage requirements, particularly those that are using entry-level systems," says Rajen Naicker, Adaptec product specialist at DCC.
The Adaptec Series 2 controllers increase RAID performance for disk drives, tape backup, or systems that include applications based on Linux.
Additionally, the new controllers offer complete compatibility with more than 300 SATA/SAS devices, including midplanes, disk drives, and tape drives. Series 2 controllers are also "plug and play" compatible with Linux drivers 2.4.2 or later.
Equipped with 128MB of DDR2 cache, customers can connect up to 128 SATA/SAS I/O devices, including disk drives or tape drives using SAS expanders. The Series 2 family integrates the latest PCIe connectivity, broad operating system support, including embedded open source Linux drivers.
Additional Series 2 Controllers features include:
* Low-profile MD2 form factor
* Supports SATA and SAS tape drives
* 3Gbps throughput at each drive port
* x8 PCI Express host interface
* Enclosure management support via LED header and SES2/SGPIO.