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PMC Enables Density-Optimized Data Center Servers with Industry’s First 12Gb/s SAS Expander Card
|By Business Wire
|August 26, 2014 04:05 PM EDT
PMC-Sierra, Inc. (PMC®) (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor and software
solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store
big data, today announced the industry’s first 12Gb/s SAS expander card
to enable density-optimized servers, the fastest growing segment of the
worldwide server market according
to IDC1. The Adaptec®
12Gb/s SAS expander card enables flexible, high-density server
architectures that can expand as data center storage needs grow. It
provides 36 ports in a PCI Express® (PCIe®) low-profile form factor,
with internal connectivity for up to 24 SAS or SATA drives and eight
additional external ports to connect JBODs for even greater capacity
expansion on a single RAID controller or Host Bus Adapter. The expander
card enables modular passive backplane architectures to reduce server
variants and increase data center operating efficiency (see Figure
The Adaptec 12Gb/s SAS Expander Card provides maximum scalability, flexibility and compatibility for density-optimized data center servers (Photo: Business Wire)
“Server density is a key design goal for data center architects, and a
solution like the Adaptec expander card that enables modular designs, is
compatible with existing infrastructures and can provide maximum
scalability and throughput will be very attractive,” Jed Scaramella,
research director, Enterprise Servers and Data Centers, IDC.
“Density-optimized servers, which are increasingly an optimal choice for
hyperscale environments, will continue to gain share of server
deployments and spending.”
The Adaptec 12Gb/s SAS expander card is the industry’s only expander to
fit in a low-profile MD2 form factor and is within the PCIe® power
envelope of less than 25 Watts. It mounts internally to any available
PCIe slot away from the backplane, and features mini-SAS
HD connectors out the top for added cabling flexibility in dense
server environments. It can receive power either from the PCIe slot or
through a standard 4-pin auxiliary power connector. The card supports
SGPIO and SES2 enclosure management, allowing enclosure information to
be routed from all daisy-chained expander cards to the HBA or RAID
“With growing deployments of scale-out architectures in data centers,
our customers are looking for solutions that will give them maximum
scalability, flexibility and compatibility within their power target,”
said Pete Hazen, vice president of the Data Center & Server Group at
PMC. “Our new Adaptec expander card is the only solution that meets all
of these needs, and it enables our customers to deliver a wide range of
configurations tailored to specific storage workloads.”
The 12Gb/s SAS expander card’s buffering capabilities improve
performance of 6Gb/s SAS+SATA, allowing data centers to leverage their
existing drives in addition to the newest 12Gb/s SAS devices to achieve
maximum throughput. The expander card is compatible with all HDDs and
SSDs, existing active and passive backplanes, as well as all Adaptec
Series 8, Series 7 and Series 6 RAID adapters and HBAs. It is also
compatible with several 3rd party RAID adapters and HBAs.
82885T 12Gb/s SAS expander card will be available in October 2014
through Adaptec’s worldwide distributors and storage channel partners.
For complete product details, visit www.adaptec.com.
About Adaptec by PMC
Adaptec by PMC storage solutions protect, accelerate, and condition data
as it moves through the I/O path. We deliver high-performance,
interoperable and reliable storage solutions combined with leading
technical support. Our products enable customers to innovate storage
networks for next-generation data centers, cloud services as well as the
broader market segments served by our channel partners. For more
information, visit www.adaptec.com.
About PMC’s Server, Storage System and Flash Solutions
PMC is a leading provider of enterprise storage system solutions for
networked and server storage applications, with a broad portfolio of
Adaptec by PMC™ RAID adapters and HBAs, Tachyon® SAS/SATA and Fibre
Channel (FC) protocol controllers, RAID controllers, Flashtec™ PCIe
flash controllers and NVRAM drives, and maxSAS™ expander and FC disk
interconnect products. Together, these products provide end-to-end
semiconductor and software solutions to the industry’s leading storage
OEMs and ODMs and hyperscale data centers. For more information, visit http://www.pmcs.com/storage.
PMC (Nasdaq:PMCS) is the semiconductor and software solutions innovator
transforming networks that connect, move and store big data. Building on
a track record of technology leadership, the company is driving
innovation across storage, optical and mobile networks. PMC’s highly
integrated solutions increase performance and enable next-generation
services to accelerate the network transformation. For more information,
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Figure 1: Adaptec® 12Gb/s SAS Expander Card with Internal Connectors to
Passive Backplanes http://pmcs.com/news_room/images/Adaptec_expander_card_figure1.png
For photos visit: http://pmcs.com/news_room/images/Adaptec_12G_SAS_expander_card.png
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and ADAPTEC are registered trademarks of PMC-Sierra, Inc. in the United
States and other countries, PMCS, Flashtec and Adaptec by PMC are
trademarks of PMC-Sierra, Inc. PMC disclaims any ownership rights in
other product and company names mentioned herein. PMC is the corporate
brand of PMC-Sierra, Inc.
1 IDC, Worldwide and U.S. Server 2014–2018 Forecast, 247931,
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