PMC Unleashes SSD Flash Performance with Complete 12Gb/s SAS Storage Solution

  PMC Unleashes SSD Flash Performance with Complete 12Gb/s SAS Storage

 Introduction of Adaptec Series 8 12Gb/s SAS RAID Adapters Establishes PMC as
   the Only Supplier of End-to-End 12G Architecture from Controller to SSD

IDF13 San Francisco Booth #560

Business Wire

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- September 4, 2013

PMC® (NASDAQ:PMCS), the semiconductor innovator transforming networks that
connect, move and store big data, today introduced the Adaptec® Series 8
12Gb/s SAS RAID Adapter family for high-performance server and networked
storage. Combined with PMC’s I/O protocol controllers, RAID-on-Chip (RoC)
controllers, SAS expanders, solid state drive (SSD) controllers and advanced
software, PMC provides the industry’s only complete 12Gb/s SAS architecture to
access the untapped performance of 12Gb/s SSDs. Systems designed with PMC’s
solutions can provide double the overall storage connectivity as competing
solutions, with less components, space and power. PMC’s 12Gb/s SAS
architecture is optimized to deliver the performance, flexibility and density
needed for dynamic data in cloud computing, content delivery networks, and
mission-critical database applications.

Adaptec by PMC Series 8 12Gb/s SAS RAID adapter family delivers
industry-leading density, flexibilit ...

Adaptec by PMC Series 8 12Gb/s SAS RAID adapter family delivers
industry-leading density, flexibility and performance. (Photo: Business Wire)

“With our new Series 8 RAID adapters, PMC is now addressing all the key points
of 12Gb/s SAS connectivity,” said Jared Peters, vice president of Server
Storage Solutions at PMC. “We designed our Series 8 adapter family to enable
denser, faster and more configurable storage environments, which translates
directly into faster data delivery and access. With innovations like the
maxCache Plus™ tiering capability for Series 8, we continue to provide the
technology that helps datacenter architects get the most value and performance
out of their storage assets.”

Adaptec Series 8 delivers an industry-leading >700,000 4k random read RAID
I/Os per second, a 60 percent improvement over the previous generation. This
level of performance unleashes the full potential of 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, which
are twice as fast as 6Gb/s SAS SSDs and up to 1,000 times faster than
traditional hard drives.

The Series 8 family has five models, all based on PMC’s 12Gb/s SAS RoC
controllers, in low-profile form factor. Configurations include 16-port
adapters that connect twice as many drives as competing solutions. This unique
high-port technology also provides the flexibility to create hybrid storage
arrays utilizing any combination of SSDs and HDDs. Deploying hybrid arrays
with Series 8 and maxCache Plus caching and tiering software enables SSDs to
accelerate cloud computing applications.

Adaptec’s fourth-generation caching solution now includes tiering technology
that allows customers to maximize their storage investments. The new maxCache
Plus with Series 8 provides the flexibility to configure all storage devices
in a server environment, not just those connected to PMC hardware. All storage
assets in a server can be leveraged according to their performance
capabilities with the fastest media used for data acceleration, enabling the
most cost-effective storage architecture.

“Enterprise datacenters and cloud environments have a need to accelerate
application performance while coping with massive data growth cost
effectively,” said Jeff Janukowicz, research director for Solid State Storage
at IDC. “12Gb/s SAS architectures and tiering technologies are poised to
overcome these challenges and help unlock the full potential of SSDs, which is
one of the key reasons IDC expects shipments of SAS SSDs to grow at a 75
percent compound annual growth rate from 2012 to 2017.”

12Gb/s SAS is an established interface for future generations of
high-performance enterprise servers and storage arrays, and it is essential to
realizing the full performance potential of SSDs. The standard is also
backward compatible with existing 6Gb/s SAS infrastructures.

“Our new 12Gb/s SAS SSDs dramatically improve response times to dynamic and
mission-critical data in cloud and datacenter environments, but an end-to-end
12Gb/s SAS architecture is a critical part of the foundation of the build
out,” said Gary Gentry, senior vice president and general manager of Seagate’s
solid state drive business. “Products like PMC’s Series 8 adapters are key
elements that will allow data center architects to realize the full benefits
of our industry-leading SSD performance.”

The Series 8 family supports the PCI Express® 3.0 specification and includes
the following models:

Device        Features                                         Part Number
                16-port low profile with maxCache Plus and
ASR-81605ZQ   embedded                                         2281600-R

                Zero Maintenance Cache Protection
ASR-8885Q     16-port low profile with maxCache Plus           2277100-R
ASR-8885      16-port (8 internal, 8 external) low profile     2277000-R
ASR-8805      8-port internal low profile                      2277500-R
ASR-8885E     Entry 16-port (8 internal, 8 external) low       2281400-R
AFM-700 Kit   SuperCap Flash Back-up Module                    2275400-R


The complete family of Adaptec Series 8 RAID adapters includes five unique
SKUs, and will be available in Q4 2013 through Adaptec’s worldwide
distributors and storage channel partners. For complete product details, visit

Adaptec Series 8 High Density (HD) mini-SAS Cables

Adaptec offers a broad portfolio of 6Gb/s and 12Gb/s HD mini-SAS cables for
connecting existing storage topographies to the new Series 8 RAID adapters.
For complete details, visit Cables are available
through Adaptec distributors, channel partners and tech-support call centers.

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

About PMC

PMC (NASDAQ:PMCS) is the semiconductor 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
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Note to Editors: Adaptec by PMC will demonstrate the new Series 8 RAID adapter
family in booth #560 at the Intel Developers Forum, September 10-12, 2013, at
the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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