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MCC introduces raft of RAID products

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation has demonstrated real world hardware RAID technology applications at CeBIT for environments ranging from the desktop to the enterprise.

The product demonstrations highlight the performance, value, and storage density offered by the 3ware 9650SE, the latest hardware-based 3ware Serial ATA RAID controller featuring RAID 6.

AMCC will showcase the first ever Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology demonstration showing an AMCC PCI Express to SAS RAID controller working with SAS expanders and drives. The company, already the leading supplier of SATA RAID controllers in the channel, will preview the functionality of 3ware RAID controllers extended to support SAS. The SAS technology demonstration will use Seagate Technology's® Cheetah 15K.5 hard drives and SAS expanders, to create a system that delivers expanded connectivity and reliability ideal for highly transactional applications.

"Seagate is pleased to team up with AMCC for its SAS RAID technology demonstration and help continue to drive the rapid adoption of SAS technology," said Sherman Black, senior vice president and general manager of Seagate’s Enterprise Compute business. "Seagate’s CHEETAH 15K.5 SAS drives joined together with AMCC’s SAS RAID controllers deliver a powerful I/O combination of enterprise-level functionality in performance and reliability.”

AMCC will also announce and demonstrate substantial enhancements to the 3ware Sidecar, a desktop RAID storage expansion solution formerly available only for Apple’s Power Mac G5 and Mac Pro systems. The upgraded 9650SE-based 3ware Sidecar extends support to PC workstations with Windows and Linux operation systems. Battery backup support has also been added for additional data protection.

The new 24-port 3ware 9650SE-24M8 will also be showcased in a system that uses two of these controllers connected to 48 high capacity SATA drives to create a system to satisfy the most demanding storage application requirements.

“We are pleased to use the largest technology event in Europe as the venue to announce new RAID products and to demonstrate how AMCC continues to drive storage technology with innovations that deliver the performance, value and density that customers demand,” said Scott Cleland, director of marketing for AMCC Storage. “By announcing new products for Windows, Linux and Mac platforms, and demonstrating AMCC products working in a SAS environment, we are expanding the reach of our technology into new and exciting storage environments.”

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