To support cloud, enterprise and workstation customers that require the robustness and performance of hardware RAID at an entry-level cost point, Microchip Technology has released the Adaptec SmartRAID 3100E RAID adapters which are intended to give reliable hardware RAID protection for customer data in cost-sensitive end applications. The device offers over 60% performance acceleration over the company's prior-generation Adaptec Series 8E products at 40% power savings. The series joins their existing production-released family of PCIe Gen 3 SAS-3/SATA SmartRAID 3100 adapters. The new adapters are excellent for systems seeking application acceleration from caching support and entry-level enterprise RAID data protection without the sacrifice of cache protection or advanced RAID levels of full-featured RAID adapters.
“The SmartRAID 3100E entry-level adapters offer a migration path for those seeking to transition from software RAID solutions or a legacy entry-level hardware RAID solution to Microchip’s proven Smart Storage stack,” said Andrew Dieckmann, associate vice president of Microchip’s Data Center Solutions business unit. “These adapters offer a built-in DRAM cache of 1 or 2 GB providing significant performance acceleration and lower power over previous generations and are ideal for 4K random read/write workloads.”
These entry-level adapters are ideal for applications including computing and graphical applications, edge compute and storage nodes, and industrial and manufacturing servers. Enterprises and cloud service providers now have the choice to select the popular Adaptec Series 6E and Series 8E RAID adapters to the Smart Storage platform for these applications and benefit from the unified drivers, firmware and management tools over the Smart Storage family.