Enterprise Strategy Group Praises ATTO's ExpressSAS® RAID Controllers for Market-Leading Performance, Features and Affordability

Feb 21, 2007

Amherst, NY (February 21, 2007) – ATTO Technology, Inc., global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, has been cited as “well-armed to win battles in the emerging SAS market” on the strength of its ExpressSAS® RAID controller products, according to a new product brief by the Enterprise Strategy Group, a leading information technology (IT) analyst firm focused on information storage, security.  

ESG gave ATTO's ExpressSAS® technology high marks for performance features and affordability. ESG analyst, Brian Garrett, and research analyst, Bill Lundell, highlighted the appeal of the ExpressSAS® products to OEM customers based on designed-in compatibility features, such as the low-profile PCI Express form factor enabling the controllers to be deployed even in space-constrained 1u and 2u servers and the broadest operating system support of any SAS RAID vendors “so interoperability issues aren’t even a blip on users’ radars.” 

ESG also recognized the market-leading performance of the ATTO architecture that combines the company's innovative Advanced Data Streaming (ADS™) technology to alleviate data transfer bottlenecks and DVRAID capability that makes the ExpressSAS® controllers the only SAS RAID products capable of supporting multiple streams of HD video with parity RAID protection.

“ATTO's ExpressSAS® RAID Adapters are scalable, feature-rich and high-performing products at very low costs. This will appeal to not only users with limited budgets, but also to those that do not have SAN-level requirements for every application,” said Garret.  “Customers’ who know and appreciate the performance-focused heritage of ATTO, especially those who already rely on ATTO technology for digital media editing, will appreciate the excellent streaming performance of the ExpressSAS® adapters.”

“ESG's analysis of the ExpressSAS® products validates the success of our engineering team in creating the industry's highest-performance, most feature-rich SAS RAID controllers,” said Ed Tierney, director of marketing at ATTO. “For customers facing data-intensive streaming IT applications or digital media production environments where performance is key, the ExpressSAS® controllers are the obvious choice.”

ATTO's new 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 designs where real estate is at a premium.  The ExpressSAS® products are also the industry's only adapters offering user selectable port configuration options, enabling customers to select the optimal mix of internal and external SAS connections.

These new RAID controllers leverage the power of ATTO's customer-proven high-performance RAID technology and Intel's new 800MHz PCIe Intel® IOP348 I/O Processors with integrated high-performance XScale® technology to meet the most demanding performance requirements of data-intensive applications, including transactional databases, email servers, large server farms and digital media.

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, the ATTO ExpressSAS® R348 and R380 adapters deliver an intelligent and robust low-profile RAID solution. The SAS and SATA II support make 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.  These adapters will support standard RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60, JBOD and feature ATTO's exclusive DVRAID, making them capable of handling the most demanding Mac-based digital media applications, such as 2K and 4K film, multiple layers of complex, uncompressed real-time effects, and high-definition video editing.

The ATTO ExpressSAS® RAID Adapters combine x8 PCI Express technology and 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 and more efficient performance with reduced I/O bottlenecks.

About Enterprise Strategy Group
Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) is a leading information technology (IT) analyst firm focused on the information storage, information security, information management, and enterprise infrastructure markets.  ESG provides strategic guidance and unmatched service to technology vendors, IT professionals, venture capitalists, and institutional investors.  Clients engage ESG for a variety of services including expert industry analysis, strategic consulting, market research, and hands-on technology product testing and validation.  For more information, please visit www.enterprisestrategygroup.com.

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