Adaptec heeft in navolging van Promise, American Megatrends en Iwill een IDE RAID controller op de markt gebracht. In tegenstelling tot de produkten van deze drie fabrikanten kan de Adaptec AAA-UDMA RAID controller wťl overweg met RAID level 5. De kaart is gericht op gebruik in low cost servers en gaat vergezeld van dezelfde CI/O Management Software die ook bij de high-end SCSI RAID controllers van Adaptec geleverd wordt. De prijs van de AAA UDMA RAID is 429 dollar, een flink stuk hoger dan die van de Promise, AMI en Iwill kaarten:
Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), the global leader in innovative storage solutions, is now shipping the Adaptec AAA-UDMA RAID Card, a true hardware-based fault tolerant RAID solution for small businesses and workgroups deploying low-cost servers using UDMA/ATA drives. Previously, the only alternatives for this cost sensitive market were to rely on a UDMA RAID solution with limited capabilities or go unprotected.
The AAA-UDMA RAID Card raises the bar for hardware RAID protection on low cost servers as it is the first UDMA/ATA RAID card for entry-level servers and workstations that supports RAID level 5, the most efficient and preferred RAID level for business critical server applications. Up until now, RAID level 5 has only been available for more expensive mid- and enterprise-level servers. RAID level 5 distributes parity information among each drive in the array in such a way that the data can be reconstructed on the fly in the event of a drive failure without bringing the server down.
Adaptecís AAA UDMA RAID Card offers many of the same robust fault tolerance features found in Adaptecís industry leading AAA and ARO SCSI-based RAID cards, which command the leading market share in the distribution channel. At the same time, by supporting inexpensive UDMA/ATA drives it keeps the cost of the overall solution low.
In addition, the AAA UDMA RAID Card includes the same Adaptec CI/O Management Software that ships with Adaptecís AAA and ARO SCSI-based RAID cards. This management software goes far beyond the basic features of software RAID, providing sophisticated remote management capabilities, the ability to protect the operating system as well as applications and files, and the ability to configure a hot spare to automatically take over for a failed drive. All of Adaptecís AAA and ARO cards, including the new UDMA RAID card, undergo rigorous compatibility testing with hundreds of systems and peripherals.
With the introduction of the AAA UDMA RAID Card, Adaptec now addresses the broad spectrum of the RAID market ranging from solutions for the lowest cost entry-level servers on up to Ultra160 SCSI and Fibre Channel RAID for the most demanding enterprise-level server environments. All Adaptec RAID cards are backed by the same quality, reliability, compatibility and leading edge technical support customers have come to expect from Adaptec.