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Adaptec Series 5 Unified Serial RAID Controllers Receive VMware Certification

Adaptec,  Inc., (NASDAQ: ADPT), a global leader in storage solutions, today announced that all seven products in the Adaptec Series 5 Unified Serial (SATA/SAS) Controllers have been certified with VMware ESX Server 3.02 and 3.5 through AppLabs, the world’s largest independent testing, quality management and certification solutions company.   This certification ensures that system integrators and IT professionals can deliver the unmatched performance and scalability of Adaptec Series 5 RAID controllers combined with the features available with VMware Server ESX 3.02 and 3.5, such as expanded storage options and SATA support.  As virtualized storage environments, like those offered through VMware, continue to grow within enterprise IT infrastructures, Adaptec RAID controllers are positioned to deliver industry leading I/O performance, along with scalability and reliability, within this expanding market.

Built on the breakthrough Adaptec Unified Serial Architecture, the Adaptec RAID Series 5 family’s unique design of up to 28 ports – 24 internal and 4 external – allows enterprise data storage solutions to take advantage of low-cost SATA environments while delivering SAS performance and reliability.  The Adaptec Series 5 multi-port design delivers tremendous design flexibility to Adaptec customers.  It allows system integrators and OEMs to create tiered storage environments that ensure massive scalability while simultaneously simplifying the development and validation process.  It allows system resellers to easily sell-up or sell-down by tailoring storage solutions based on individual application requirements.  And, it enables enterprise customers to “future-proof” today’s system expenditures with the knowledge that as data capacity demands grow, additional storage hardware can be effortlessly added or swapped.       

“The Series 5 controller certification with the VMware ESX 3.x platform further demonstrates our commitment to work closely with key software and hardware storage ecosystem partners,” said Suresh Panikar, director, Worldwide Marketing, Adaptec.  “Virtualization is a growing environment that many of our customers are evaluating.  Gaining certification though AppLabs, a highly-respected testing and certification solutions company, ensures customers that they can continue to utilize our proven RAID controllers with the confidence that they will deliver the same high performance, scalability and design flexibility with a leader in the virtualization market.”

“AppLabs’ VMware certification program is only available to select VMware technology partners, and Adaptec Series 5 controllers were one of the first I/O devices certified through this program,” said Doc Parghi, senior vice president, Sales, AppLabs.  “System integrators and IT professionals can now deploy Adaptec Series 5 RAID controllers with full confidence in their VMware ESX Server 3.x environments.”

Adaptec currently offers the industry’s most complete line of multi-port Unified Serial RAID controllers that support both SATA and SAS disk drives and offer connectivity to both the PCIe and PCI-X interconnect.  The Adaptec Series 5 family of products that are VMware certified include seven RAID controllers, ranging from 4-port to 28-port, all with advanced RAID features.  For more information, please visit or call 1-800-442-7274.

Published Friday, April 18, 2008 6:04 AM by David Marshall
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