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Cost-Effectively Expand Storage Capacity Without Straining IT Resources

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Key Features

- Direct attached entry-level SAS RAID solution

- Mix and match SAS and SATA drives to achieve theright performance, reliability, and price

- Upgrade or reallocate just by swapping out disks

- Easily scale storage capacity to meet growing data needs

- Includes standard RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, 50

- Includes the industry’s most advanced data protection with RAID 6, 60, 1E, 5EE, Copyback Hot Spare and optional Snapshot Backup

- Online Capacity Expansion makes new capacity immediately available without RAID rebuilds

- Optimized Disk Utilization maximizes capacity usage, even when disks are of different sizes

Every company is faced with a rapidly growing amount of business data this that must be continuously available to all the employees who need it. The latest regulations require business data to be retained and accessible for years, even after it is no longer critical for daily business. It all adds up to data that can easily overwhelm available storage resources.

The Challenge: Easy, Cost-Effective Capacity Scaling

62% of small businesses and 56% of medium-sized businesses still rely on direct attached storage using internal disks, according to IDC. Direct attached storage offers the virtues of low cost, high reliability, and easy management, but it is difficult to scale. Adding capacity requires opening the server and adding individual disks. Eventually, there is no more room to add disks. Yet, many IT managers are reluctant to move to a networked storage solution, fearing that it will require extra cost, increased time to implement and complexity that will strain already-tight IT resources.

The Solution: Direct Attached SAS RAID with Adaptec Serial Attached SCSI RAID 4805SAS/4800SAS Controllers and SANbloc S50 JBOD

The Adaptec Serial Attached SCSI RAID 4805SAS/4800SAS controllers and SANblocS50 JBOD put the performance, reliability and investment protection of the Adaptec Unified Serial™ Architecture together in one complete, convenient storage expansion solution. It allows easy external expansion of DAS without moving to networked storage, and managing all the attached capacity with the same, familiar Adaptec Storage Manager interface that manages DAS. Each SANbloc S50 JBOD holds up to 12 disks. Daisy-chaining provides massive scalability. Connect up to eight JBOD units to the Adaptec 4805SAS/4800SAS RAID controller. You have the flexibility to install Serial ATA (SATA) drives for low cost and high capacity, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drives for high performance, or mix them in the same system to achieve the right price/performance balance. Upgrading or reallocating storage later is as easy as swapping out disks.

How it Works

Simply install the Adaptec 4805SAS (PCIe) or 4800SAS (PCI-X) card into your server. Then, connect the S50 JBOD and populate it with SATA and/or SAS drives.As your storage needs grow, attach additional JBODs by daisy chaining them to each other. Each SANbloc S50 can accommodate up to 9TB of SATA disks or 3.6TB of SAS disks.

Easy-to-Use Storage Management

This solution uses the same, familiar Adaptec Storage Manager (ASM) that many IT managers already know. The intuitive ASM tool centralizes management of all Adaptec RAID cards in the company. Remotely configure, monitor, and manage RAID through secure, encrypted communication. Pop-up tips and online help simplify RAID array creation and management.

Unmatched Data Protection

Adaptec delivers a proven RAID core hardened over years of use in demanding environments. The Adaptec 4805SAS/4800SAS controller offers the most advanced RAID feature set with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50, RAID Level Migration, and Online Capacity Expansion without downtime. Then we take it farther with the Adaptec Advanced Data Protection Suite, standard with Adaptec 4805SAS/4800SAS controllers. Enjoy the dual drive failure protection of RAID 6 and 60, the ability to mirror across an odd number of disks with RAID 1E, and the ability to use a hot spare while using all the drives for data of RAID 5EE. Copyback Hot Spare allows you to designate a drive location as a hot spare. After drive replacement, the controller migrates back to the original configuration. Optional  Snapshot Backup creates point-in-time copies of an array for better data backup.

True Reliability and Fault Tolerance

Hot-swappable drives and redundant, hotswappable power and cooling are standard with the SANbloc S50. Plus, each disk drive has its own dedicated 3Gb SAS channel and point-to-point connection. Unlike traditional SCSI where a failed drive can bring down the entire bus, the SANbloc S50 isolates the failure to the affected drive.

Fast Throughput

This solution is ideal for data- and transaction-intensive applications. The dual SAS host connections of the SANbloc S50 transfer terabytes of data at up to 1200MB/s each, for an aggregate bandwidth of 2400MB/s. The Adaptec 4805SAS/4800SAS transfers data at rates up to 3Gb/s, then about 300MB/s, per port.

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