Adaptec Launches Several New SAS Products

Milpitas, Calif.-based Adaptec&'s new SAS host bus adapter, model 48300, offers RAID 0, 1, 10 and JBOD capabilities through four internal and four external 3.0-Gbits per second SAS or SATA ports. List price is $360.

The company also unveiled two new SAS RAID cards with two internal four-port and one internal four-port controllers, 128 Mbytes of error-correcting DDR memory and an optional backup battery for building RAID arrays of up to 512 Tbytes. The PCI-X version lists for $945, while the PCI Express version lists for $995, said Paul Vogt, director of data protection products for Adaptec.

Adaptec also announced an enclosure for four 3.5-inch SAS or SATA drives and a CD-ROM drive.

Also new from Adaptec is the 335SAS, a storage enclosure with space for up to four 3.5-inch SAS or SATA drives and one CD-ROM drive. The enclosure includes active cooling and hot-swap support, and lists for $369 without drives.

Adaptec additionally introduced a 2U RAID enclosure with a Fibre Channel front end and an SAS back end, and room for up to 12 hard drives. Also new is a similar enclosure without the RAID functionality. The SANbloc 5000f RAID enclosure lists for $5,995, while the SANbloc 550 JBOD version lists for $2,995.

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Todd Swank, director of marketing at Northern Computer Technologies, a Burnsville, Minn.-based system builder, said the market is definitely ready for SAS.

But, Swank said, customers have been holding back from adopting SAS while they learn more about the new technology and the kinds of ROI they can expect. “However, once they start reading about successful deployments of a new technology like this, they want to be the next in line,” he said.

Mark Wojtasiak, director of sales and marketing at St. Paul, Minn.-based Now Micro, said his company is quickly adopting SAS for its custom server business.

SAS offers a number of advantages over SCSI with very little or no impact to cost. It uses the same storage protocols as SCSI, but allows more devices to be connected to a single controller. SAS cables can be longer than those of SCSI. Also, SAS and SATA hard drives will be able to connect to the same backplane in order to build tiered storage in a single storage subsystem.