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Areca Releases Cable Solution External 12Gb/s SAS Redundant RAID Controllers


Taipei, Taiwan April. 13, 2015 - Areca Technology Corporation (ARECA), a leading provider of internal and external RAID controllers, today announced the availability and shipping of ARC-8088, a 24-bays cable solution external 12Gb/s SAS RAID controller. The ARC-8088 RAID controller offers a fault-tolerant links across separate host interface, enabling customer to build a fully redundant shared storage and application failover with existing enclosure.

The ARC-8088 models come with host connectivity choices of 16Gbps Fibre Channel (FC), 12Gb/s SAS and 10Gbps iSCSI. The different host interface boards make ARC-8088 RAID subsystem well suited for professionals who need large capacity and exceptional performance with various connectivity solutions. The ARC-8088 incorporates onboard high performance 1.2GHz dual core RAID-on-Chip storage processor and on-board 2GB DDR3-1866 ECC SDRAM to deliver true hardware RAID performance. The ARC-8088 RAID controller module attaches to SATA/SAS backplanes with cables from 6 x Min SAS HD SFF-8643 connectors on the controller module.

The ARC-8088 includes one 12Gb/s SAS expander that incorporates LSI DataBolt bandwidth optimizer technology to buffer 6Gb/s data and then transfer it out to the host at 12Gb/s speeds in order to match the bandwidth between faster hosts and slower SAS or SATA devices. The optional flash-based backup module (FBM) provides power to the cache if it contains data not yet written to the drives when power is lost. ARC-8088 also supports traditional Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery backup module (BBM) to protect cached data on RAID controller.

The ARC-8088 firmware and EPLD has implemented the SES-2 protocol and disk activity map to SGPIO based indicator LEDs. In addition to meet different enclosure, ARC-8088 RAID controller has implemented autonomous chassis management of two power supplies status connectors, four fan monitor/speed control connectors through the SES-2 protocol. Firmware and configuration data including vendor identification strings can be customized or tuned for individual OEM/ODM customer.





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Areca Technology Corporation designs and manufactures storage products for virtually all areas of the storage market including DAS, NAS, and SAN. All PCI, SCSI, and Fiber Disk Array Controllers support RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10 or JBOD. It also produces its own custom ASIC, a high-speed IDE controller, and a RAID 6 engine on their controllers to achieve high data throughput and availability. Areca has completely committed its highly skilled research and development effort to disk array technologies that yield the fastest performance, best reliability, and lower cost points than competitive disk array solutions. Areca Technology is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.

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