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LSI Launches New Space-Saving MegaRAID Adapters in the Channel
Feb 27, 2008 (08:02 AM EST)


MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LSI Corporation today introduced to the channel three half-length, low-profile MegaRAID(R) SAS/SATA adapters based on the high-performance LSI(TM) SAS1078 RAID on Chip (ROC). These new adapters leverage the industry's smallest standard PCI Express MD2 form factor, providing a perfect fit for 1U and 2U servers and space-limited storage environments.

"In today's data centers, space is at a premium as companies face pressure to contain real estate and energy costs," said Tom Kodet, worldwide channel marketing manager, LSI. "As IT managers work within these confines, they can still deploy the industry's leading RAID technology as LSI delivers MegaRAID adapters in a form fact that will fit any server. This is the latest step in our continued efforts to provide the channel with a SAS/SATA RAID portfolio that will meet the requirements of any situation."

The new additions to the LSI MegaRAID family include the MegaRAID SAS 8708EM2 and MegaRAID SAS 8704EM2 models from its value line segment. These value line adapters provide inside-the-box connectivity for systems using either SATA or SAS hard drives. These new adapters are ideal for traditional server applications, such as databases and email.

The MegaRAID SAS 8880EM2 adapter is the latest addition to the MegaRAID SAS/SATA feature line segment, suited for those environments requiring the highest levels of RAID performance, support for a large number of SAS and/or SATA hard drives, and scalability beyond the confines of the server chassis.

With a smaller MD2 form factor than the previous low-profile models, the new MegaRAID adapters provide channel customers with form-fit-function replacements. The 8704EM2 and 8708EM2 feature 4 and 8 internal-connect SAS/SATA ports respectively, while the 8880EM2 offers eight external-connect SAS/SATA ports. All of the new adapters offer RAID 6 protection to overcome simultaneous drive failures or an uncorrectable error while rebuilding in degraded mode. These new adapters also include battery backup options to protect the integrity of cached data.

LSI offers a complete line of SAS/SATA adapter solutions ranging from host bus adapters (HBAs) with Integrated RAID, to entry-level RAID 5 adapters, up to enterprise-level RAID adapters. All LSI MegaRAID SAS/SATA adapters utilize the MegaRAID Management Suite(TM).

LSI storage adapter products are supplied in the channel in North America through distribution partners including Arrow Electronics, ASI, Bell Microproducts, Ingram Micro, and Microland Electronics. LSI products also are available at CDW, Fry's Electronics and NewEgg.com.

Additional information on MegaRAID SAS/SATA adapters can be found at: http://www.lsi.com/storage_home/products_home/internal_raid/megaraid_sas/index .html

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