Archive for the 'Platforms' Category

Growing the datacenter …

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Adaptec by PMC has some pretty cool products that work really well in datacenters. For datacenter operators who have moved on from the “just throw brand-name hardware at it” to the “lets’ do it a lot cheaper and build our own storage boxes” … we have the RAID cards that provide the performance and density [...]

Driving me crazy …

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

I’m constantly asked the question: “what drives should I use?” Well these days I, like many others, am struggling to answer that question. I talk to drive vendors on a regular basis and they are constantly releasing new drives – but sometimes even they seem to struggle with the marketing naming conventions and the different [...]

So why change the cables?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Adaptec 7 and 8 series controllers have moved to the new mini-SAS-HD (high-density – codename 8643) cable as opposed to the previous “mini-SAS” (codename 8087) connector of the 3, 5 and 6 series controllers. Why? The older 8087 has served its purpose and been a very good, robust, reliable and fairly trouble-free connector for quite [...]

To cloud or not to cloud? …

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

A long time ago I wrote a blog about how to set up a small business server to maximum efficiency for all the different components going on in that box (Window Small Business Server). While reviewing some old documentation I came across this article and thought about updating it to include SSDs, solid-state caching and [...]

flexConfig … so what’s in a name?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Howdy folks, Been a while since I put fingers to keyboard in this application because I’ve been getting my head around some fancy new changes we made to our RAID cards in our Series 7 range. In years gone by (and for a long-long time) we hid all drives from customers that were not part [...]

So who needs 735MB per second (per drive)?

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Howdy folks, I just spent the last few days standing around IDF in Beijing showing off Adaptec’s latest 7 series controller. We also had on display our new range of HBAs. Yes, Adaptec is back in the HBA game … it’s been a long time since we had one, but SAS HBA is back on [...]

More on backplanes …

Monday, March 11th, 2013

There are two different types of backplanes in this world – passive and active. Passive are just really devices that allow a connection between the drive and card – there is no expander involved. Active backplanes on the other hand have an expander – a chip device made by third-party vendors to the backplane vendor. [...]

Back to the future …

Monday, March 11th, 2013

I wonder if Steven Spielberg had any idea what a phrase that would become … Adaptec have taken up the idea and released a new series of HBAs. So what is an HBA I hear you ask out there in Channel storage land? A Host Bust Adapter of course. Think back to the 90s … [...]

So who is responsible for big data? …

Monday, March 11th, 2013

All I ever hear about these days is “big data”. It’s a like saying “old Neil” – pretty much a natural consequence of getting out of bed each day. Big data is a nice term trying to point out that we have lots of data, and we are more and more often putting it in [...]

Drive firmware …

Monday, February 25th, 2013

I recently copped a slam from one of my customers due to the fact that they had stability problems in their system and the customer was pointing the finger at the RAID card. When I pointed out to the customer that yes, the drive was on our compatibility report but no, the firmware the customer [...]