“The ExpressSAS® product line was created with a special focus on serving the needs of performance-oriented customers and applications. We now have the benchmark data to validate the ExpressSAS® controllers as the industry's premiere performers in SAS RAID technology,” said Ed Tierney, director of marketing at ATTO.
The market-leading performance of ATTO's ExpressSAS® products is the latest chapter in the company's record of leadership in delivering the highest-performance connectivity solutions to the most demanding customers as illustrated with more than 80 percent of Hollywood-produced movies edited on systems using ATTO host adapters.
Tierney credited ATTO's performance advantage to a technically superior design that leverages the latest storage processor technology from Intel and ATTO's customer-proven proprietary technologies that make the ExpressSAS® line the only SAS RAID products optimized for the demands of IT server and digital media workgroup solutions requiring high-bandwidth and data protection, including HD video production, video-on-demand, audio-on-demand and other data-intensive environments.
The ExpressSAS® products are built around Intel's new IOP348 I/O Processor with integrated high-performance XScale® technology, a dual-core storage processor that allows individual processor cores to be dedicated and optimized for SAS protocol processing and RAID algorithms. ATTO's RAID implementation is tuned for streaming data applications and includes exclusive DVRAID™ functionality, enabling the ExpressSAS® controllers to deliver RAID 0-type performance with parity protection, an increasingly critical issue as more digital media productions rely on direct-to-disk recording with no original recording tape as a backup. DVRAID as implemented on the ExpressSAS® supports editing of two uncompressed streams of High Definition (HD) video plus alpha channel titles and 11 streams of real-time, uncompressed Standard Definition (SD) video. ExpressSAS® RAID controllers also feature ATTO's proprietary Advanced Data Streaming (ADS™) Technology to minimize latency and alleviate data transfer bottlenecks, producing faster, more efficient data movement with reduced CPU utilization.
ATTO's ExpressSAS® RAID adapters are the industry's first and only products with a true low-profile form factor that fit standard-length PCI Express slots, making them ideal for compact-designed systems where real estate is a premium and for computer-rich systems. The ExpressSAS® products are also the industry's only low-profile line of adapters offering user- selectable port configuration options for an optimal mix of internal and external SAS connections.
Featuring advanced fault-tolerant features that include hot swap, hot spares, online capacity expansion, battery back-up, and optimized disk utilization for SAS drives, SATA II drives, or any combination of the two, ATTO ExpressSAS® R348 and R380 adapters deliver an intelligent and robust low-profile RAID solution. SAS and SATA II support makes it easy to create cost-effective multi-tiered storage solutions in a single cabinet, utilizing cost-correct SATA drives for secondary storage while staging critical primary data on higher-performance SAS disks.
The ATTO ExpressSAS® RAID Adapters combine x8 PCI Express technology and 3 Gb/sec. SAS speeds for high-performance server environments and applications. SAS is the next generation SCSI interface that delivers significant improvements in scalability, performance, reliability and flexibility over parallel SCSI by leveraging a serial architecture for data transport. PCI Express is a low-cost, highly-scalable serial technology that delivers added performance by increasing the I/O capacity while eliminating bus contention. This allows for faster, more efficient performance with reduced I/O bottlenecks.
Pricing and availability
ATTO's ExpressSAS® RAID controllers are available for purchase with a single unit MSRP of $1095.
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For nearly 30 years, ATTO Technology, Inc., has been a global leader across the IT and media & entertainment markets, specializing in storage and network connectivity and infrastructure solutions for the most data-intensive computing environments. ATTO works with partners to deliver end-to-end solutions to better store, manage and deliver data. Working as an extension of customer’s design teams, ATTO manufactures host and RAID adapters, network adapters, storage controllers, Thunderbolt-enabled devices, switches and software. ATTO solutions provide a high level of connectivity to all storage interfaces, including Fibre Channel, SAS, SATA, iSCSI, 40/10GbE and Thunderbolt. ATTO is the Power Behind the Storage.
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