Adaptec expands its MaxIQ SSD caching system

Adds new Q-series controllers

Adaptec last week heated up the solid state drive business with an expansion of its MaxIQ Solid State Drive (SSD) caching product line. 

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The company released three new PCIe storage controllers and software that supports a wide variety of SSDs and provides enterprise management features. Targeted at enterprise data centers that need higher performing storage directly attached to servers, the new MaxIQ products allow customers to configure open, high-performance hybrid arrays. The storage controllers support 3Gbps Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA hard disk drives (HDD) and tape drives, as well as SSDs from Intel, OCZ, STEC, and Samsung. Adaptec storage management software can be used to monitor and configure the performance of the controllers, and can provide analytics to determine the optimal mix of SSDs and HDDs. An HDD can be configured to mirror an SSD for data protection while forcing all reads to the SSD.

The original MaxIQ kit consisted of a software load for any Adaptec 5x or 2x RAID controller and a 32GB Intel X25-E SSD. This kit has been enhanced to support the 64GB X25-E and has performance enhancements in the 60% range.

The new Q-series storage controllers consist of the Adaptec MaxIQ 2405Q (with four internal ports), Adaptec MaxIQ 5805Q (eight internal ports), and the Adaptec MaxIQ 5805ZQ (eight internal ports with Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection for battery-free data protection). The MaxIQ 5805Q and 5805ZQ Storage Controllers feature 1.2 GHz of processing power and 512MB of DDR2 write cache. The MaxIQ 2405Q offers an 800MHz processor and 128MB RAM. The Adaptec MaxIQ 64GB SSD cache performance kit featuring one 64GB Intel X25-E SLC SATA SSD and MaxIQ SSD Caching Software has a price of $1,795. The Adaptec RAID 2405Q, 5805Q, 5805ZQ are priced at $645, $1,215 and $1,485, respectively. All products are currently available through worldwide distributors and resellers.

In other news, PMC Sierra announced its intent to purchase the Adaptec storage controller product line for $34 million. In a letter from Jared Peters, Adaptec's sales and marketing vice president, indicated he would be heading the PMC Sierra team along with the about 100 current Adaptec employees.

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