LSI: Cutting RAID Power Consumption
LSI just updated its MegaRAID SAS 8704EM2 adapter with new to power consumption in RAID configurations.
The key change to the adapter's software is the addition of Dimmer Switch, a feature that provides green benefits to data centers by reducing the power consumption of devices attached to MegaRAID adapters.
With Dimmer Switch, any unconfigured drive connected to a MegaRAID adapter will be spun down after 30 minutes of inactivity.
The new software also offers full support for solid state disk (SSD) and VMware virtualization.
The MegaRAID SAS 8704EM2 adapter fits in servers as small as 1U to provide RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60 protection for both SATA and SAS hard drives. Each adapter direct-connects to up to four SAS or SATA drives, or up to 32 devices, using SAS expanders and includes Revertible Hot Spare, an LSI feature that automatically restores a hot spare and logical drive to their original configuration after a drive fails.
List price of the adapter with the new software is $399.