Atto Introducing 16Gb FC-to-SAS RAID Controller

For HDDs and SSDs
This is a Press Release edited by on 2012.10.29

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ATTO Technology, Inc. has launched a 16Gb FC-to-SAS RAID controller.

          FastStream SC 9000

These controllers provide a flexible, scalable and tiered storage system with support for both HDDs and SSDs.

The FastStream 9000 allows users to manage applications on multiple tiers of storage controlled from a single subsystem while providing drive assessment and latency management. Users can now take advantage of the benefits of FC connectivity with drive options including SAS/SATA SSDs for online cache, SAS HDDs for primary storage applications such as transactional databases and SATA drives for secondary applications like disk-to-disk backup.

"ATTO's new FastStream incorporates leading-edge 16Gb FC technology while offering original equipment manufacturers the flexibility of one solution that can support everything from SSDs to tape storage," said Wayne Arvidson, VP of marketing at ATTO. "What sets ATTO apart in the industry is our ability to provide the broadest portfolio of solutions for original equipment manufacturers and system integrators designing state-of-the-art data infrastructures. Leading vendors are shipping the first FastStream 9000-enabled storage subsystems now, and we expect more embedded products to be released in early 2013."  
ATTO offers a family of entry-level, midrange, and enterprise-class bridge, RAID and JBOD controller solutions supporting connectivity including 16 and 8Gb/s FC, 6Gb/s SAS/SATA, and 10Gb Thunderbolt. They can be pre-configured to meet OEM specifications and are available in multiple form factors.

FastStream 9000 Storage Controllers
(Model No. FSSC-9000-E00)

They are designed to sit between workstations and low-cost JBOD disk storage, providing users pay-as-you-grow scalability without purchasing additional RAID controllers when expansion is needed. They are suited for shared applications in IT and digital media and can be tuned across a spectrum of high IOP or high-bandwidth environments. They are also backwards compatible with 8Gb/s and 4Gb/s FC infrastructures. When coupled with an ATTO FC Host Bus Adapter, Multipath Director technology allows users to directly attach HA storage to Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows 8/7/Vista/XP workstations, eliminating the need for an Ethernet connection through a server.

Also available for the ATTO FastStream is CacheAssure, a technology that safeguards data in the cache in the event of a power loss via battery-less supercapacitor technology. Data is protected for up to 10 years in the event of a system disruption, and is automatically written to disk when the storage system indicates it is operational. It also eliminates the need to monitor and replace batteries, lowering system administration costs.

ATTO FibreBridge
(Model No. FCBR-6500-E00)

FibreBridge products allow SAS/SATA disk or SAS tape storage to integrate into a FC SAN to maintain the benefits of a FC infrastructure while updating storage. This provides increased availability and scalability, while allowing the use of DAS on a shared FC network. It transfers data with minimal overhead from multiple combinations of protocols and can be configured to match customer specifications. FibreBridges use Bridging Architecture, a technology that improves backup data performance by controlling drives to minimize the potential for failures. They also incorporate ATTO's Drive Map director, which reduces down time during drive maintenance by keeping the existing network topology available without having to re-map the LUN structure of the SAN.

ATTO ThunderStream Desklink Storage Controller
(Model No.TSSC-3808-E00)

ThunderStream controllers enable storage and network connectivity for SAS, SATA, FC or Ethernet devices to Thunderbolt technology enabled devices. They allow laptops, all-in-ones and ultrabooks connectivity to performance network and storage infrastructures.

Differentiating features that come standard with ATTO RAID products include DriveAssure and Advanced Data Streaming (ADS) technology. DriveAssure monitors the response time of slow drives and searches for and repairs bad sectors extending the life of drives by allowing them to run longer, faster and smoother while preventing premature drive failures. In the event of a drive failure, it ensures 100% productivity by completing drive rebuilds up to 50% faster than the competition. Advanced Data Streaming manages latency by providing controlled data acceleration for transfers resulting in performance in high-bandwidth applications and uninterrupted workflows. ADS stems from ATTO's heritage of developing the a solid state storage device in 1988.

Embeddable ATTO FastStream and FibreBridge products feature the ExpressNAV Storage Manager, a Java-based enterprise RAID management software application. It provides a set of tools including remote event notification, error detection, enclosure management and monitoring. ThunderStream products utilize the ATTO Config Tool, a client-side application which has RAID management tools similar to those provided by ExpressNAV.

"For 25 years, ATTO Technology has been helping premier network and storage providers accelerate their time to market and expand their design and engineering capabilities," added Arvidson. "Our FastStream, FibreBridge and ThunderStream products are the latest in our expanding line of embedded offerings, and a prime example of ATTO bringing the latest innovations to the industry."

The FastStream 9000 will be available for OEM qualifications November 1, 2012. ThunderStream, FibreBridge and other FastStream models are available for evaluation or purchase.