Fibre Channel RAIDs Enter the 8G Era

Arthur Cole

Managing data across multi-tier Fibre Channel RAIDs is about to kick into high gear with the advent of some powerful new 8 Gbps technology.


ATTO Technology has released an 8G version of the FastStream RAID storage controller that provides the fastest host connectivity to multiple tiers of off-the-shelf SAS/SATA enclosures. The FastStream SC 8500 offers up to 1400 MBps access, even while providing parity RAID protection to multi-tiered architectures.


The FastStream is an external controller that sits between the workstation or SAN and a low-cost JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) enclosure. The design allows users to scale performance and storage capacity without the purchase of additional controllers with every storage expansion.


The system includes advanced features like 4KB sector sizes, allowing it to support partitions of more than 2 TB, as well as media error handling, SES management and monitoring and non-block device pass-through for use with tape and optical drives.


The SC 8500 is also available in a microATX embeddable version that supports up to 32 internal storage devices and can be outfitted with an external wide-port miniSAS connector.

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