Compaq Delivers Industry's First PCI-X Array Controller (Advisory)
Smart Array 5312 Delivers Increased Performance and Reliability
HOUSTON, April 9, 2002
Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) today announced the availability of the industry's first PCI-X Array Controller, designed to deliver faster and more reliable management and protection of data stored on multiple hard drives. The Smart Array 5312 Controller (SA-5312) provides higher levels of performance and fault tolerance to help meet customers' critical business needs. The innovative SA-5312, which is optimized for PCI-X based Compaq ProLiant servers, also provides twice the bandwidth of standard 66MHz PCI bus architectures and offers performance memory for improved reliability. The SA-5312 is easy to upgrade through a unique modular cache design, allowing customers to double the on-board battery-backed write cache from the standard 128MB to an industry-leading 256MB.
An array controller is an intelligent storage hardware device in a server that directs the flow of data to disk drives to ensure optimal data management performance across an array of drives, and provides data protection by managing the retention of data in the event of a disk drive failure. As part of its adaptive infrastructure blueprint, Compaq is delivering tools and technologies for ProLiant servers, such as intelligent fault resilience and storage solutions, to help customers adapt to dynamic business and IT environments. The new SA-5312 raises the bar on industry-standard performance expectations and provides customers with increased performance, intelligent reliability, and optimal protection of storage resources. The SA-5312 also provides customers with added investment protection for servers, hard disk drives and storage through features such as modular cache design, pre-failure warranty, and pre-fault detection as found in Compaq's Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART).
For more details, please visit Compaq's Web site at www.compaq.com/smartarray
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