12 port IDE raid controller available

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 8, 2002 – 3ware®, Inc., a leading provider of switched RAID solutions, today announced the latest entry in its popular series of ATA RAID controller cards-the Escaladeâ„¢ 7500-12. With the ability to attach up to 12 inexpensive ATA drives on a single RAID controller, it is the only ATA RAID solution that can match the storage capacity and performance levels of a SCSI controller for applications that require terabytes of reliable storage.

The Escalade series of RAID controllers continues to be the most cost- effective and dependable solution for today’s large-scale applications such as e-mail servers, Web farms, digital video and storage subsystems. The Escalade 7500-12 card enables customers to deliver almost two terabytes of fault tolerant data storage at a quarter of the price of a comparable SCSI system1

“Companies are struggling to keep pace with storage demands. And because today’s RAID systems are consuming a significant portion of IT budgets, companies are looking for more innovative, cost-efficient storage solutions,” said Mike Wentz, senior director of product marketing at 3ware. “Until now, this market could only be serviced by SCSI technology. For the first time in the industry, our Escalade family of controllers brings ATA-based high- end RAID reliability, capacity and performance to IT departments at a fraction of the cost of SCSI.”

3ware’s StorSwitchâ„¢ architecture applies network packet switching principles to storage, giving each drive its own dedicated port and cable. This reduces the need for expensive on-board cache, eliminates shared-bus arbitration and dramatically decreases host CPU loading. The result is improved I/O throughput, complete fault isolation and an optimized hardware platform for 3ware’s innovative firmware, which further enhances the system’s RAID 5 features and performance.

In addition to the Escalade 7500-12, 3ware offers a complete suite of software to configure, verify, rebuild and delete arrays, making installation and setup easy. 3DM™, 3ware’s web browser based array management utility, allows local and remote management and monitoring of arrays and their disks. The newest Version 7.5 software adds advanced features including 2 levels of administrator access for added security. In addition, the Escalade software also solves the power-on surge problems of high-density drive arrays by staggering the spin-up of individual drives2. This dampens power surges, minimizes the risk of boot problems, eliminates excessive wear and tear on the power supply and reduces the need for large, expensive power supplies.

The SCSI specification includes features that deliver higher performance and reliability levels than normally provided by standard ATA controller and drive. 3ware has closed the gap between SCSI and ATA RAID by incorporating these features into the RAID controller. The Escalade 7500-12 SCSI feature set includes tag command queuing, scatter/gather, command re-ordering, parallel seek, dynamic sector repair and more. Combined with 3ware’s switched architecture, the result is a RAID controller that matches the reliability and performance of SCSI at a fraction of the cost.

Availability and Pricing

The 3ware 7500-12 ATA RAID controller card is available now through distribution at an MSRP of $699. Please contact 1-877-88-3ware (9273) for additional information or visit 3ware on the Web at www.3ware.com.

Unfortunately, they forget about a little problem:

IDE cables are not longer than 90cm, and 12 HDDs take some space, as well as 12 cables…

novice Q:

is a raid contoller like a card that allows u to have loads of ide devices? Does it go into a special slot on ur expensive mobo?

How much for the card?

can you beet scsi with this?
I read somewhere on the fora (i think it was one of the dutch) that an ide device was not constructed to run for a long time at once. So when you want reliability you can not trust ide.

u can mirror them(raid-1 or something)

and with raid-0 u can get scsi performance (see the link)

is raid only confined to win 2k and HDDs??

Originally posted by Crowley
can you beet scsi with this?
I read somewhere on the fora (i think it was one of the dutch) that an ide device was not constructed to run for a long time at once. So when you want reliability you can not trust ide.

You are right. Many companies say that IDE HDD’s are not good for certain proffessional purposes. If you want a drive that can work 24/7, you should go for SCSI instead of IDE.

Besides that, I’d never build such an array of IDE devices. It’s nice that’s possible, but SCSI still is way better (just imagine, how many CPU cycles adressing 12 IDE HDD’s could cost!)…