LSI Announces New MegaRAID 12 Gb/s SAS Controller Cards And Expanders

LSI Corporation is announcing two new key product families.  The MegaRAID SAS 9300 family of 12Gb/s controller cards provide significant performance improvements for enterprise and hyperscale datacenters.  A new family of 12Gb/s SAS expanders, including the new LSI SAS3x48, feature LSI’s unique DataBoltTM bandwidth aggregation that enables 12Gb/s SAS performance, while utilizing 6Gb/s drives.  LSI’s new product families further expand their end-to-end portfolio of 12 Gb/s SAS product offerings, including SAS RAID-on-Chip ICs (ROCs), SAS IO Controller ICs (IOCs), and SAS Host Bus Adapters (HBAs).

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LSI’s 12Gb/s MegaRAID solutions can support up to 60% more simultaneous database users before reaching the interface’s saturation point when compared to 6Gb/s SAS interfaces.  This was able to be demonstrated using the TCPH industry standard transaction processing benchmark.  Job completion times are reduced, and more individual tasks are able to be accomplished.  This also results in better resource utilization and improved total cost of ownership (TCO).  The LSI 12Gb/s MegaRAID solutions accelerate performance of MySQL, Oracle and/or MSSSQL databases.

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LSI’s DataBoltTM Bandwidth Aggregation Technology enables 6Gb/s drives to perform at 12Gb/s levels.  DataBolt technology utilizes full duplex capabilities and large buffer sizes.  PCIe Gen3 data rates are able to be maintained from storage to host memory with no interruptions or bottlenecks.  6Gb/s SSD and HDD arrays are able to attain an additional 2000 MB/s of performance by utilizing PCIe Gen3 and the DataBolt Bandwidth Aggregation Technology.  Use of 12Gb/s drives with DataBolt allows full utilization of PCIe 3’s additional bandwidth.

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LSI’s DataBolt technology provides increased throughput performance for Big Data Analytics in Hadoop usage environments.  Map/reduce jobs complete faster, and throughput realizes a 25% boost.  DataBolt permits double the performance without changing drive infrastructure, thus preserving your existing drive investment.  Cost per I/O is greatly reduced since the same performance as before can be achieved with less drives, thus greatly improving TCO.

LSI is also announcing the NytroTM XP6200 PCIe series of Flash storage solutions, keyed to the Hyperscale market.  Hyperscale environments are one of the fastest growing segments, and this is driving datacenter evolution to achieve increased performance and TCO.  This requires new ways of looking at flash storage and software solutions to drive increased speed and efficiency.


Hyperscale deployments require the ability to cost-effectively scale up to hundreds or even thousands of servers as computing demands increase.  This requires obtaining the most value per storage dollar, the lowest power consumption, and the ability to extract value from data as quickly as possible, while it is still relevant.  The Nytro XP6200 series offers the lowest latency, interconnect and data discrimination.  Architects of hyperscale environments are focused on maximizing operational efficiencies.  Unit cost and power costs may need to be multiplied hundreds or thousands of times as scaling increases.

The LSI Nytro XP6200 PCIe flash series is designed for the latest Hyperscale datacenters that require cost-effective, high performance and readily scalable PCIe flash solutions. It is built on LSI’s already industry-proven flash storage.  Six of the top ten Hyperscale companies utilize LSI-based solutions.


The price point of the Nytro XP6200 series allows for greater adoption of PCIe flash, while lowering TCO.  The 6210 model offers 2.0TB of MLC flash storage capacity starting at less than $2.50 USD per gigabyte.  Also featured is better system-level power usage of 98GB per watt.  They are designed for heavily read-intensive usage scenarios, and can readily deliver the needed IOPS and performance.  The competitive price of the Nytro XP6200 series makes scaling simple without being a budget-buster.


The LSI Nytro XP is being offered in two versions. The XP6209 is the 1.0TB model, with the XP6210 featuring 2.0TB.  Both models are direct attached, PCIe 2.0 X8 flash storage.  The XP6209 is a half-height card, and the XP6210 is full-height to accommodate the full 2.0TB of MLC NAND.  Both models feature 2GB/s of read bandwidth.

The XP6209 attains 8K random read IOPS of 140,000; and random 8K write IOPS of 45,ooo.  The XP6210 is slightly faster at 150,000 IOPS and 50,000 IOPS respectively.  Endurance is stated as two full drive writes per day.  Both models also feature a capacitor pack for power-fail protection and for fast recovery.  The XP6209 has an MSRP of $2899.00, with the XP6210 at an MSRP of $4999.00.  Both are anticipated to be available this quarter.


LSI is already in the enviable position of being first-to-market with 12Gb/s SAS solutions.  The release of these latest product families solidifies LSI’s leadership position with the industry’s broadest portfolio of PCIe flash solutions.

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