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Maxtor and Adaptec Offer New Serial Attached SCSI

Included in the kit are Maxtor Atlas SAS hard disk drives (December 16, 2005)

Maxtor Corporation and Adaptec Inc. announce they have collaborated to help simplify deployment of new Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology for system builders and resellers through extensive compatibility testing and the distribution of a special SAS evaluation kit to a select group of integrators worldwide. Included in the kit are MaxtorR AtlasR SAS hard disk drives with the Adaptec Serial Attached SCSI RAID 4800SAS and 4805SAS controllers and the Adaptec Storage Enclosure 335SAS. As a result, several resellers, including Rackable Systems, ZT Group and Colfax, have begun actively qualifying the products with workstations and servers in order to deliver next generation storage solutions to their customers.

As resellers experience first hand the significant benefits of SAS they are also finding the combination of Adaptec and Maxtor SAS products to be easy to deploy and reliable out-of-the-box, while delivering high performance. 

Rackable Systems, Inc., one of the world's largest X86 server and storage manufacturers, tested the Adaptec and Maxtor SAS evaluation kit using advanced RAID 6 data protection against dual drive failures. "The RAID 6 performance levels we observed significantly exceeded our expectations," said Geoffrey Noer, senior director of product marketing at Rackable Systems. "Delivering RAID 6 functionality as part of Rackable Systems' SAS offerings that support both SAS and SATA drives will be compelling for a broad range of customers."

ZT Group is one of the top manufacturers of PCs, laptops and servers in the U.S.  According to Hero Nagatomi, systems engineer at ZT Group, "Moving to Serial Attached SCSI is not difficult, especially if you are already familiar with Serial ATA technology. I was very impressed with the performance, scalability, and reliability of the Adaptec SAS technology.  The backward compatibility with the present SATA and SATA II technology allows for seamless migration and smooth integration with existing server platforms. In addition, the Adaptec RAID controllers with the Maxtor drives just scream in terms of performance, and it was extremely easy to deploy."

According to Colfax International CEO Guatam Shah, "Any time you get something new in technology, it's like someone's given you a piece of Swiss chocolate and told you it's better than regular chocolate. Is SAS really better or is the industry just telling us it is? In this case, SAS delivers by offering the enterprise performance and reliability of SCSI with the capacity and price point of SATA. The combination of Maxtor and Adaptec SAS technology beat our expectations in performance, reliability and ease of deployment. We're excited to start selling next generation SAS solutions."

Maxtor Atlas SAS drives are currently shipping and available at Maxtor distributors worldwide. Adaptec SAS RAID controllers, HBA and storage enclosure are also currently available through distribution to resellers and through the Adaptec online store. Maxtor and Adaptec will continue to work together on ongoing compatibility testing of current and next-generation products.

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