LSI Corporation is announcing its new DataBolt technology for bandwidth optimization in datacenter applications. This unique performance acceleration feature for LSI’s 12 GB/s SAS products is designed to allow users to take advantage of 12 GB/s speeds with their existing 6 GB/s drive infrastructure.
This technology will deliver up to a 2X increase in throughput performance for 6 GB/s systems. It features support for both 6 GB/s and 3 GB/s HDDs and SSDs.
The need for a higher-performance interface in cloud and enterprise datacenters is experiencing a growth explosion, as users seek to rapidly access critical applications data. LSI’s 12 GB/s SAS solutions help address this challenge by doubling the performance of current 6 GB/s SAS components. With the advent of PCIe 3.0, LSI’s new technology helps unlock the full potential of PCIe 3.0’s increased bandwidth; especially with solid state storage solutions.
According to Benjamin Woo, program vice president of IDC’s Worldwide Storage Systems Research, “The market adoption of 12 GB/s SAS systems begins with availability of individual ecosystem components like SAS controllers and expanders.” “Technology like LSI’s DataBolt feature that enables early access to 12 GB/s SAS performance will help pave the way for a smooth technology transition.”
LSI was to demonstrate this leading 12 GB/s SAS server storage performance utilizing their DataBolt bandwidth optimizer technology at the SCSI Trade Association (STA) Technology Showcase on 5/9/2012 at the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Clara, California. The demo consists of a PCIe 3.0 based server with LSI 12 GB/s SAS HBAs connected to multiple 12 GB/s SAS enclosures. The drive enclosures were to house a mix of 6 GB/s and 3 Gb/s HDDs and SSDs, and utilize LSI’s 12 GB/s SAS expanders featuring the LSI DataBolt technology to achieve significant throughput and IOPs performance improvements compared to an end-to-end 6 GB/s SAS storage system.
LSI’s 12 GB/s SAS products are currently sampling for validation with OEM customers, with general availability expected in Q$ of 2012. The complete press release is available here.