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Upgrade RAID configurations of your controller cards via software

Posted: 06 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:broadcom? serial ata? sata? raid controller card? bc4410?

The new entry-level Serial ATA (SATA) RAID controller card family from Broadcom Corp. is said to be the only one to provide the industry's software upgrade model for accessing new features and functionality. According to Broadcom, this ability to easily move from an entry-level RAID feature set (supporting RAID0, RAID1 and RAID10) to an advanced, enterprise-class RAID feature set (supporting RAID5 and RAID50) provides essential RAID functionality today with a simple upgrade path to advanced RAID functionality in the future.

By utilizing a software license key to invoke RAID-specific features, the company explained, the new entry-level RAID controllers eliminate the need for additional RAID equipment and do not require users to take drives offline during an upgrade.

Previous RAID solutions required IT administrators to take drives offline to replace the older RAID cards with newer cards of increased functionality. With the RAIDCore BC4410 and BC4810 controllers, administrators can now upgrade their RAID configurations through software. This reduces overall costs while providing increased data availability by eliminating the purchasing and time-consuming installation required to replace controller cards, said the press release.

The BC4410 and BC4810 controllers provide enterprise-class performance for introductory RAID levels, including RAID0, RAID1, RAID10 and JBOD. As extensions of the RAIDCore BC4000 RAID controller card family, these two devices reduce server processor utilization to 6.8 percent on average, freeing the server to handle other tasks.

Tom Marmen, VP and GM of the company's Storage Line of Business said Broadcom's flexible RAID controller architecture and superior integration provide a dramatic change to the storage industry. "This enables our customers to future-proof their RAID investments through easy software upgrades that eliminate the need for additional equipment purchases," Marmen said.

The new controller cards have suggested list prices of $205 for the BC4810 (8-channel controller card) and $129 for the BC4410 (4-channel controller card). The purchase of an upgrade from the entry-level feature set to the advanced enterprise-class feature set is $180 for the BC4410 and $199 for the BC4810. Both upgrades are immediately available.

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