PMC-Sierra Introduces Industry’s First Multi-Core, Multi-Threaded RAID Platform for x86 Servers

In an announcement made by PMC-Sierra, the company launched a new product maxRAID ™. This product is first in the family of BR5225-80 RAID adaptor, designed especially to boost the function of Solid State Disk (SSD) storage in a multi server environment (x86). maxRAID BR5225-80 is based on PMC-Sierra’s multi-core SRC 8x6G RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controller, which multi-tasks with multiple-users on a performance optimized RAID stack software.

In accordance to this, the new software will enable PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) 2.0 to connect to eight SAS/SATA ports, offering a speed of 6 GB/second, while targeting the data- and transaction-based applications in need of high IOPS (Input/Output Operations per Second) or throughput. Presently, maxRAID is known to deliver 136,000 IOPS per RAID controller. However, with the aid of PMC-Sierra’s 6 Gb/s SAS RAID solution, this limit will almost be doubled reaching out with 300,000 IOPS. In addition, PMC-Sierra’s RAID platform will also include maxRAID storage manager that will help users to manage the storage on their server efficiently from any standard browser within the company. This is a web-based geographical application and basically features an intuitive user interface.

In a joint development agreement, PMC-Sierra has collaborated with IBM to produce breakthrough RAID solutions. According to the agreement, PMC-Sierra will integrate their storage protocol controller with IBM’s RAID software. The results are already visible! PMC-Sierra has become one of the first in the industry to come up with a multi-processor or multi-core and multi-threaded RAID solution (maxRAID) that optimizes and boosts the SSD storage performance. This high performance RAID solution by IBM and PMC-Sierra collaboration works for x86 servers at one go.

Presently, the RAID solutions offered within the industry are only designed for Hard Disk Drives (HDDs), which are only a fraction of the performance given by SSD. The technique used ensures that the HDDs are short stroked, meaning that they use only a small amount of their total capacity to improve functions. This results in low disk utilization enhancing the costs for improved performance. The the new PMC-Sierra’s maxRAID BR5225-80 instead uses the multi-threaded and multi-core built. Further, this has been combined with IBM’s RAID stack, which gives the performance equivalent to and as advantageous as that of SSD. This not only saves cost, but also lowers the data power requirements while at the same time enhancing and ensuring best possible utilization of storage capacity.

Some of the features of PMC-Sierra’s maxRAID BR5225-80 x8 PCIe 2.0 to eight 6GB/s SAS RAID adapter are: provides maxRAID suite for management utilities, provides web based Graphic User Interface, RAID-on-Chip controller aids in providing access to all the chips with instantaneously and simultaneously increasing the I/O, three multi-threaded cores, provides boot support for BIOS and uEFI systems, 1.5 & 3Gb/s SATA and 3 & 6Gb/s SAS support, maxRAID storage manager management utility, ability to connect up to 8 SSD or HDD devices per adapter etc.

-Sierra is a widely known company, which provides internet infrastructure semiconductor solutions. Although the recent announcement has definitely created a buzz in the market, however, the effect it has on the market remains to be seen!

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