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Missing link for storage evolution

If you think of the world of storage as a jigsaw, then the role played by the LSI MegaRAID SAS/SATA is a crucial one. Customers are finally starting to understand that storage is a solution with many components and the interconnects between them are incredibly important.

LSI makes its money from selling the bits and pieces that make sure the overall system works and that other products from suppliers deliver the system improvements that the customer expects.

The MegaRAID SAS/SATA allows users to create tiered storage on both SAS and SATA drives. Its two internal SAS connectors let users link up to 32 hard drives to it.

The adapter supports all the key RAID levels including level 6, which offers fault tolerance and protects against drive failures. But that is merely the first item on a fairly long list of MegaRAID SAS/SATA features that a reseller should draw a customer's attention to.

On top of the RAID support, it has one of the fastest caches available, with 667MHz DDRII. The eight-port 3Gbps PCI Express adapter ticks a large number of boxes on the spec sheet basis alone.

The appeal for those struggling to cope with data and system infrastructure is the product's RAID management utility, which provides a number of software tools that allow users to change monitor and their volumes. In terms of where this product is going, the size offers a hint because it is clearly designed for high-density servers and is ready to be used for applications including database
and e-mail.

The key to selling the product is not only to have a broad understanding of where it fits and what it does but also a grasp of the sort of storage landscape it is plugging into. All users have data issues to contend with and what they want are solutions that can offer them better management and greater speeds. But the crucial element is a solution that helps look after data from cradle to grave.

This product appeals to both the SAS and SATA communities but it also comes armed with a host of features designed to improve management and help the user. These features work well because of the product's compatibility with other parts of the storage infrastructure jigsaw. For those looking for the missing piece when it comes to putting a RAID controller into their storage infrastructure, LSI presents a strong case with its MegaRAID SAS 8708EM2.

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