Adaptec enters external storage subsystem controller market.
The AEC-4312A is an enterprise class, three channel SCSI-to-SCSI array controller designed for the growing NT and UNIX clustering market. It incorporates Adaptec's multichannel SCSI technology delivering UltraWide SCSI performance of 40 MB/second per channel.
This is Adaptec's first array controller for external storage enclosures and server clustering where high speed UltraSCSI connections, RAID, caching and host server connectivity flexibility are critical components of high performance server and enterprise systems.
"The external RAID controller business will be critical to our enterprise strategy of speeding the flow of information using UltraSCSI and Fibre Channel storage connections," said Dick Clayton, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's Mission Critical Systems business unit. "Protecting mission critical data with scaleable RAID solutions from entry servers to external storage subsystems requires a high degree of software and hardware integrity that OEMs have come to expect from Adaptec controllers."
The AEC-4312A controller utilizes PCI bridging technology to connect the host and server interfaces with multiple back-end device channels, providing increased connectivity and superior performance.
Adaptec's flexible host interface architecture allows OEMs to custom configure products to meet their customers' needs. The AEC-4312A supports more single-ended and differential UltraSCSI host connections, with Fibre Channel and Ultra2 SCSI support being available later this year.
Customized caching configuration options is another key feature of the AEC-4312A. Caching performance of the AEC-4312A is enhanced using advanced algorithms for write-back, write-through, and read-ahead cache. The AEC-4312A supports RAID levels 0, 1, 0/1, and 5, and can manage arrays with up to 270 GBs of storage. Systems using multiple controllers can extend capacities beyond a Terabyte.
Adaptec's Internal and External Array Products
Adaptec entered the RAID market in 1995 with the release of the industry's first low-cost PCI array controller for the entry-level server market. Adaptec's RAID product family was expanded in 1996 with the announcement of Adaptec's RAIDport technology.
RAIDport enhances Adaptec's SCSI chips and delivers fault tolerant RAID capabilities to SCSI-based servers. RAIDport represents one of the first industry solutions aimed at making RAID lower in cost and scaleable to next generation UltraSCSI performance.
Adaptec's external controllers are designed to expand Adaptec's RAID solution into the clustered storage market that includes high-performance Intel-and RISC-based multiprocessing servers.
The AEC-4312A OEM design-in kit is available immediately from Adaptec. The kit contains everything an OEM needs to evaluate and integrate the product. Kit contents include: the AEC-4312A and software, test board, cables and documentation.
Adaptec provides bandwidth management technologies for organizations building the global information infrastructure. Its high performance I/O, connectivity, and network products are incorporated into the systems and products of major computer and peripheral manufacturers. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., Adaptec (NASDAQ:ADPT) employs 3,000 people worldwide in design, manufacturing, sales, service and distribution. Adaptec's home page is http://www.adaptec.com . -0-
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