Enterprise RAID driver powered by Intel Xeon Processors

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Intelligent Storage:
RAID running at the speed of Intel Xeon processors
How things have changed! 10 years ago we told you that software RAID (redundant array of independent disks) was underpow- ered and incapable of providing the perfor- mance required to service enterprise RAID applications. Back then, software RAID was just not a viable solution. But that has begun to change – in a big way. With more and faster CPU cores available, RAID can run at speeds matching solutions that sell for hun- dreds of dollars more. Since the processor load is very low — in some cases less than five percent of the CPU — software can now deliver a full-performing RAID subsystem.

Yes, things have changed. Software RAID solutions running on the Intel Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600/2400/1600/1400/4600 with the Intel C600 series chipset (Romley platform) now equals or outperforms hard- ware RAID.

Reduce total cost of ownership
Combining the Intel RSTe 3.0 driver running on the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600/ 2400/1600/1400/4600 with the integra- tion of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and SATA controllers into the Intel C600 series chipset can increase overall IO system performance and greatly reduce the overall solution costs incurred in previous generation solutions. With SAS (and SATA) functionality integrated into the server chipset, IT administrators can experience the full performance, reliability, and cost-efficiency of server storage. Advan- tages of SAS integration on the chipset for OEMs include a reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO), a reduced bill of materials (BOM), and fewer devices, leading to better real estate management on the motherboard.

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