Silicon Mechanics Launches Servers and JBODs Featuring SAS3

Throughput of 12 gigabits per second per port and fully compatible with SAS2

Silicon Mechanics, Inc. announces that it has launched four storage servers featuring end-to-end SAS3, including SAS3 controllers, backplanes, and drives, which allow for up to 12 gigabits per second (Gb/s) of throughput per port. Also available are two new SAS3 JBODs.

The new products are fully backward compatible with SAS2, so customers can seamlessly deploy SAS3 components into existing SAS2 infrastructure. Customers can benefit by getting SAS3 performance benefits now, or "future proof" their systems to obtain the benefits of SAS3 when they upgrade.

The new storage servers contain Seagate Enterprise Capacity HDD 3.5 V.4 hard drives, featuring SAS3 interface and capacities of up to 6TB, as well as LSI SAS3 expander backplanes and drive controllers. The four new server models include the R513.v4.1, A513.v4.1, R516.v4.1, and A516.v4.1. JBOD models being launched are the D53J.v3 and D56J.v3.

"SAS3 drive controllers that leverage LSI's DataBolt™ technology are capable of aggregating the performance of SAS2 drives to provide SAS3 performance even with older drives," said Sue Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer at Silicon Mechanics. "We are excited to be offering end-to-end SAS3 servers with this high throughput and full compatibility with SAS2."

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