PMC unveils Adaptec Series 8 12Gb/s SAS RAID Adapter family for high-performance storage

PMC has unveiled the Adaptec Series 8 12Gb/s SAS RAID Adapter family for high-performance server and networked storage.

12Gb/s SAS is an established interface for future generations of high-performance enterprise servers and storage arrays. It addresses the flexibility and performance demands for dynamic data storage in cloud computing, content delivery networks, and mission-critical database applications. The standard is also backward compatible with existing 6Gb/s SAS infrastructures.

The Series 8 adapter family enables denser, faster and more configurable storage environments, which translates directly into faster data delivery and access.

PMC’s products can provide double the overall storage connectivity as competing solutions with less components, space and power, the company claims.


Adaptec Series 8 delivers more than 700,000 4k random read RAID I/Os per second, a 60 percent improvement over the previous generation, unleashing the full potential of 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, which are twice as fast as 6Gb/s SAS SSDs and up to 1,000 times faster than traditional hard drives.

The Series 8 family configurations include 16-port adapters that connect twice as many drives as competing solutions. This unique high-port technology also provides the flexibility to create hybrid storage arrays utilizing any combination of SSDs and HDDs.

The company has also introduced maxCache Plus tiering capability for Series 8, helping datacenter architects get the best value and performance out of their storage investments. Deploying hybrid arrays with Series 8 and maxCache Plus caching and tiering software enables SSDs to accelerate cloud computing applications, PMC said.

Adaptec’s fourth generation caching solution now includes tiering technology that allows customers to maximize their storage investments. The new maxCache Plus with Series 8provides the flexibility to configure all storage devices in a server environment, not just those connected to PMC hardware.

All storage assets in a server can be leveraged according to their performance capabilities with the fastest media used for data acceleration, enabling the most cost-effective storage architecture.

The new 12Gb/s SAS SSDs dramatically improve response times to dynamic and mission critical data in cloud and datacenter environments. Products like PMC’s Series 8 adapters are key elements that will allow data center architects to realize the full benefits of our industry-leading SSD performance.

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