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LSI Sees Traction for 12Gb/s MegaRAID Storage Solutions

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LSI launches its 12Gb/s SAS and MegaRAID solutions, and partners Xyratex and Super Micro launch storage solutions powered by the new technology.

LSI SAS Technology Drives I/O Performance Gains

LSI announced that several manufacturers have selected LSI 12Gb/s SAS and MegaRAID solutions to provide accelerated performance and enterprise data protection for their next-generation server platforms. LSI’s 12Gb/s SAS technology delivers 50 percent greater storage I/O performance. “This is an exciting time for the industry as 12Gb/s SAS technology has emerged to satisfy the ever-increasing demands for more storage performance and I/O bandwidth in the enterprise,” said Kelly Bryant, vice president of marketing, RAID Storage Division, LSI. “As the first-to-market leader in 12Gb/s SAS solutions, LSI has worked closely with Intel on the server platform supporting the new Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v2 Product Family, and is committed to helping ensure the solutions deliver their promise of world-class server performance and efficiency.”

Xyratex storage solution

Xyratex announced the introduction of 12Gb/s SAS technology into its OneStor line of enterprise-class modular storage enclosures. This technology doubles the data transfer speed between the storage enclosure and the host server, significantly increasing the performance of I/O and bandwidth intensive applications. This technology enables 12Gb/s SAS EBODs and 12Gb/s host connectivity, which permits a theoretical maximum I/O bandwidth of 28.8GB/s from SAS hosts to the installed disk drives in 2U12, 2U24, 4U24 and 5U84 storage enclosures.

“Xyratex has a long history of innovation in OEM data storage, and our OneStor solutions are top-rated in the OEM marketplace because of their ability to deliver the best in performance, reliability and value,” said Ed Prager, senior vice president and general manager of OEM Storage Solutions at Xyratex. “Our 12Gb/s support extends these benefits through the ability to integrate high-performance flash storage in a seamless manner over the fastest interconnects and accelerate existing 6Gb/s rotational devices, all within our standard density and unique high-density enclosures. As technology and the storage industry both continue to evolve, we’ll stay aggressive about integrating the best in storage value so that our customers are able to satisfy their most pressing and challenging data center demands.”

Super Micro launches 12Gb/s Storage solutions

Super Micro (SMCI) announced new end-to-end 12Gb/s SAS 3.0 server and storage solutions featuring LSI SAS 3108/3008 12Gb/s SAS3 controllers with MegaRAID technology and the LSI 12Gb/s SAS Expander with the unique DataBolt bandwidth optimizer feature. As a building block, it enables a new class of high performance storage platforms with double I/O performance of the current 6Gb/s SAS interface and maximum utilization of PCI-E 3.0 bandwidth.

“Supermicro leads the industry with a full range of 12Gb/s SAS 3.0 solutions, doubling acceleration in storage performance for I/O intensive applications,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “We are actively expanding our server platforms with the latest LSI technologies to bring the highest levels of performance to enterprise, big data analytics and mission-critical transactional database applications. Together we will drive faster adoption of the 12Gb/s SAS3 protocol and make it an accessible, cost effective standard for mass markets.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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