Entry-level adapters for Microchip Adaptec SmartRAID portfolio

Entry-level adapters for Microchip Adaptec SmartRAID portfolio

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Microchip has launched a range of entry-level Adaptec SmartRAID 3100E RAID adapters, which have been developed to provide reliable hardware RAID protection.
By Ally Winning


The new SmartRAID 3100E offers over 60% performance acceleration and 40% power savings over the previous generation of Adaptec Series 8E products. The series adds to Microchip’s existing family of PCIe Gen 3 SAS-3/SATA SmartRAID 3100 adapters. SmartRAID 3100E adapters are intended to be used in systems that require application acceleration from caching support and entry-level enterprise RAID data protection paying for either 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.”

The new range of entry-level SmartRAID 3100E RAID adapters would be suitable for use in compute and graphical applications, edge compute and storage nodes, as well as industrial and manufacturing servers. The new adapters will provide users with the opportunity to update from the Adaptec Series 6E and Series 8E RAID adapters to the Smart Storage platform for applications like these and benefit from unified drivers, firmware and management tools across the Smart Storage family.

Deployment Tools

The SmartRAID 3100E adapters use common Smart Storage deployment tools such as the Adaptec maxView Storage Manager and the open-source, software-defined storage plug-ins. Public firmware, software and documentation are available.

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