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Adaptec Introduces Series 5Z RAID Controllers

October 12, 2009

Adaptec Introduces Series 5Z RAID Controllers

Innovative, High-Performance Adaptec Series 5Z Unified Serial(R) RAID Controllers Reduce Data Center Operating Costs, Enhance Data Protection, and Minimize Environmental Hazards


Adaptec RAID 5Z series

Innovative, High-Performance Adaptec Series 5Z Unified Serial(R) RAID Controllers Reduce Data Center Operating Costs, Enhance Data Protection, and Minimize Environmental Hazards

Adaptec, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADPT), a global leader in data center hardware and software storage solutions, today announced the availability of the Adaptec Series 5Z Unified Serial(R) (SATA/SAS) RAID controller family. These high-performance controllers integrate an industry first, flash-based Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection module that provides data center managers with a single controller solution for data protection in the event of both power loss and drive failure. Designed to replace a current generation of Lithium Ion battery-based cache back-up devices, the Adaptec RAID Series 5Z is an integrated solid state solution that significantly reduces annual data center operating costs and environmental impact. The controllers offer an integrated, maintenance-free design, eliminating the need to monitor battery charge levels or shut down servers for battery replacement.

"As enterprise storage demands skyrocket, we see an enormous need for feature-rich, maintenance-free data storage I/O solutions that work to lower overall IT costs and provide significant environmental advantages," said Scott Cleland, director of marketing, Adaptec. "For both SATA and SAS drives, the Adaptec Series 5Z family not only delivers the performance, scalability and power efficiency that our customers demand, but with Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection, it offers a simple, maintenance-free solution that provides a critical layer of data protection that is often overlooked."

Built on the industry-leading Adaptec RAID Series 5 high-performance architecture, the Adaptec Series 5Z family offers an innovative approach to protecting at-risk data held in controller cache and addressing common battery back-up deficiencies. Since the quickest way for a RAID controller to fulfill a read or write request is to serve data out of its cache, enabling and protecting the RAID controller cache offers significant performance benefits while also safeguarding against the loss of cached data during a power or system failure. With approximately 1 TB of data residing in cache for every 3,000 servers, a reliable, easy-to-use back-up solution is invaluable in case of a system power failure. The Adaptec Series 5Z's Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection protects data stored in controller cache for up to 10 years with no installation, monitoring, maintenance, disposal or replacement costs. Unlike Lithium Ion batteries, Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection protects cached data immediately, instead of hours after battery conditioning, providing instant protection and immediate optimized RAID performance. Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection enhances performance without the hassles of traditional battery-backup devices.

Environmental & ROI Advantages

The Adaptec Series 5Z family underscores Adaptec's commitment to developing power-efficient and environmentally-conscious products. Adaptec's Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection eliminates the need for Lithium Ion battery hazardous waste disposal previously required in cache-critical computing applications. In addition, these controllers are exempt from special International Air Transport Association (IATA) Lithium Ion packaging and shipping regulations, eliminating the need for costly labeling, testing and extensive documentation. The Adaptec Series 5Z family also features Adaptec's innovative Intelligent Power Management, which reduces storage power and cooling costs by up to 70 percent.

"IT managers and system architects today must identify new technologies that will both handle the increasing influx of data and offer the lowest total cost of ownership," said Roger Cox, research vice president, Storage Research unit, Gartner Group. "Innovative new I/O solutions that optimize system performance, while at the same time eliminate the need for maintenance, use less energy and reduce hazardous waste will be highly-valued in today's data centers and fast growing cloud computing market."

In private traditional data center environments or across massive scaled-out virtualized data center server environments running VMware software or Xen, the Return-On-Investment (ROI) potential of the new Adaptec Series 5Z controllers is significant. This approach can provide substantial savings by eliminating costly functions, such as: 1) the year-to-year expense of purchasing replacement batteries, 2) the ongoing costs associated with downtime when installing/re-charging batteries, and 3) the disruption costs when a power failure occurs resulting in the loss of data. With the typical four-year cost of using Lithium Ion batteries adding up to more than $2,000(*) per server, the Adaptec Series 5Z family offers the industry's most cost-effective, complete and efficient data protection solution.

About Adaptec RAID Series 5Z Unified Serial Controllers

The Adaptec RAID Series 5Z family is ideal for storage systems and bandwidth intensive storage applications in data centers, such as online transaction processing servers, web servers, digital surveillance, and streaming applications. The family consists of three products: Adaptec RAID 5445Z with 8 ports (4 internal and 4 external), Adaptec RAID 5805Z (8 internal ports) and Adaptec RAID 5405Z (4 internal ports). Each member of the Adaptec Series 5Z family is supported by Adaptec Storage Manager(TM) (ASM), which centralizes management of all Adaptec RAID products and allows for local and remote browser or application-based management across the network from a single console. The Adaptec Series 5Z energy-efficient, low-profile controllers feature a dual core RAID on Chip (ROC), DDR2 533MHz write cache and an x8 PCI Express host interface bus connection.

About Adaptec

Adaptec provides innovative data center I/O solutions that ensure data protection, improve energy-efficiency, and maximize system performance, resulting in reduced capital and operating expenses. Recognized globally as a leader in storage technology and solution innovation, Adaptec products are currently used in IT environments ranging from emerging growth markets such as on-demand or cloud computing to traditional enterprise data centers. Adaptec's forward-thinking products and technologies enable data center managers, channel partners and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to deploy best-in-class data center storage solutions to meet their customers' evolving IT requirements. Around the world, leading corporations, government organizations, and medium and small businesses trust Adaptec technology. More information is available at

Adaptec is a registered trademark and Unified Serial is a trademark in the United States and other countries. Other company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Adaptec disclaims any and all rights in these trademarks.

 (*) Refer to the Adaptec Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection Feature Brief at for details

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