Includes serverboard platforms, SuperBlade servers and Universal I/O cards
Super Micro Computer (Supermicro) has launched its new Server Building Block Solutions that deliver 6Gb/s SAS 2.0 performance. The launch includes eight systems plus five serverboard platforms, two SuperBlade servers, and three Universal I/O (UIO) cards.
These new product line incorporates LSI s6Gb/s SAS controller IC (SAS2008), 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (SAS2108) and MegaRAID software stack.
Supermicro’s initial launch of eight new Intel Xeon 5500 (Nehalem) processor-based systems with onboard 6Gb/s SAS technology includes 1U, 2U, 3U and 4U rackmount or tower servers and workstations with both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drive support.
Based on the X8DT6-F, X8DA6, X8DTW-6+F, X8DTH-6F and X8DTL-6F serverboards, Supermicro SAS 2.0 systems feature thermal and power designs. The company also introduced blade servers based on 6Gb/s SAS technology, the SBI-7126T-S6 and SBI-7426T-S3, for 10-blade and 14-blade enclosures, respectively.
According to Supermicro, the new Universal I/O (UIO) add-on controller cards support eight internal 6Gb/s SAS ports and RAID functionalities. With a PCI Express 2.0 host interface, these controllers double the data transfer rates of their 3Gb/s predecessors and are designed to integrate with existing 3Gb/s SATA and SAS infrastructures.
The company said that 6Gb/s SAS offers improvements over 3Gb/s SAS and SATA such as 6Gb/s data transfer rates and standardised zoning as well as support for cable lengths of up to 10 meters to ensure storage integrity in large cluster and datacentre deployments. The 6Gb/s SAS controllers also interact with expanders and other infrastructure devices to improve system diagnostics, status, management, configuration and initialisation.
Charles Liang, CEO and president of Supermicro, said: Supermicro’s high-performance 6Gb/s SAS2 solutions raise the bar in enterprise storage by doubling the bandwidth and offering superior scalability, reliability and enhanced features. Our innovative Server Building Block Solutions, incorporating proven LSI SAS and RAID technology, enable customers to improve their storage performance and power efficiency, without having to pay a price premium.