Taipei, Taiwan June. 24, 2015 - Areca Technology Corporation (ARECA), a leading provider of internal, external and Thunderbolt RAID storage, today announced the availability of a new ARC-4038 12Gb/s SAS compact tower JBOD. The advancement of 12Gb/s SAS connectivity allows the ARC-4038 compact tower JBOD to transfer end-to-end 12Gb/s storage speed between the storage enclosure and the host server. Customers use the ARC-4038 JBOD to provide an affordable, highly scalable, high-performance storage solution that enables customers to expand capacity beyond the server to meet growing data requirements.
The ARC-4038 is based on 12Gb/s SAS technology and powered by the LSI SAS3x28 12Gb/s SAS expander controller chip. It can support 3/6/12Gb/s SAS or 3/6Gb/s SATA hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid-state drives (SSDs). Each ARC-4038 compact tower JBOD supports four 12Gb/s SFF-8644 and one 6Gb/s SFF-8088 SAS host and expansion connections. Out-of-band CLI can re-define manufacture default setting on those connections. The ARC-4038 incorporates the latest enhancements in SAS along with new LSI DataBolt bandwidth optimizer technology. LSI DataBolt technology buffers 6Gb/s data and then transfers it out to the host at 12Gb/s speeds in order to match the bandwidth between faster hosts and slower SAS or SATA devices.
ARC-4038 JBOD is fully qualified for using with ARC-1883x 12Gb/s SAS RAID adapters ARC-8088 12Gb/s RAID subsystem and ARC-1320 SAS host adapters with external ports, providing easy connectivity to servers for cost-effective storage expansion and scalability. It provides fault-tolerant links across separate SAS domains. The ARC-4038 can be connected into two host ports with those RAID or Host adapter ports which directly come from the SAS controller chip for the performance of I/O and bandwidth intensive applications.
The ARC-4038 firmware and EPLD has implemented the SES-3.0 protocol and disk activity map to the individual fault/activity status indicator on the backplanes. It has implemented autonomous chassis management of power supply status, two fan monitor/speed control through the SES-3.0 protocol. In data center environments, identifying issues with drives and environments are crucial. The hardware monitor can monitor system voltage and temperature. The warning message will be shown in alarm buzzer and respect LED.