Entry-level Intel® RAID RS3 Controller Family

Entry-level Intel® RAID RS3 Controller Family
PRODUCT Brief
Entry-Level Intel® RAID RS3 Controller Portfolio
Entry-level Intel® RAID RS3 Controller Family
12Gb/s connectivity and basic data protection
RAID matters. Rely on Intel® RAID.
Cost-effective 12Gb/s SAS-3 with Mirroring, Striping, JBOD and RAID 5 Options
Entry-level Intel® RAID RS3 Controller
12Gb/s SAS-3 technology for connectivity and basic data protection
As big data continues to increase exponentially and becomes the foundation that supports productivity, growth and
innovation, organizations require a higher performance storage solution. Now with Intel® RAID RS3 controllers, powered
by LSI technology, organizations can achieve a higher level of storage performance designed to meet the demands of
I/O-intensive applications, cloud datacenters and virtualized server environments. By utilizing Intel® RAID RS3 controllers
as a basis for their storage infrastructure, businesses can achieve more than 1 million IOPs in JBOD mode, accelerating
business-critical applications in enterprise, Web and cloud datacenters.1
12Gb/s SAS-3 technology doubles the available bandwidth of current 6Gb/s SAS solutions unlocking the full potential of
PCI Express® 3.0-based systems and solid-state storage solutions. The greatly improved throughput and I/O processing
capabilities maximize link utilization thereby supporting the highest performance SSD and increased scaling of traditional
hard disk drives.
The entry-level Intel RAID RS3 controllers provides powerful performance and scalability without relying on system
resources for RAID 0,1,1E. While many other SAS controllers utilize large RAID software stacks between the host
CPU and controller, the Intel RAID RS3 family uses the embedded CPU in the LSI 3008 ASIC to perform RAID 0,1 and
1E/10 operations. The ultra-thin driver affords low RAID overhead for high host CPU offload with excellent read/write
performance. Plus, Intel RAID RS3 controllers offer backwards compatibility, which can enhance the performance of 3Gb/s
and 6Gb/s infrastructures. Furthermore, the Intel RAID RS3 controllers deliver scalability, with support for up to 244
physical devices, multiple RAID arrays and industry-leading interoperability.
Did you know that by replacing older products with Intel RAID RS3 controllers organizations
can achieve more than 1 million IOPs in JBOD mode, which can significantly accelerate
critical applications?1
Why Intel RAID controller RS3 family?
• High throughput with 12Gb/s SAS data
transfer rates
• Supports solutions with over 1M IOPs1
• Optimized drivers support multiple
operating systems with low overhead
• Intel documentation and support provide
ease of mind and enable low TCO
The new Intel® RAID 12Gb/s controller RS3 family provides the next generation of storage performance to meet the
current and future demands of today’s datacenters. These entry-level controllers are also perfect for 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s as
they provide a faster processor and also allow for 12Gb/s data transfer when teamed with a SAS-3 compliant expander.
This provides room to grow by paving the way for 12Gb/s infrastructures as server demands increase and technology
progresses.
Features
Entry-Level Intel® RAID Controller RS3
Model RS3FC044 shown with one internal and one
external mini-SAS connector
See table on the back page for additional models
1. LSI SAS 3108 I/O processor supporting
over 1 million IOPs1
2. Up to 2 internal High Density Mini-SAS
connectors with up to eight ports of
12Gb/s bandwidth per port
3. Up to 2 external High Density Mini-SAS
connectors with up to eight ports of
12Gb/s bandwidth per port
4. x8 PCI Express* connector with support
for Generation 3 protocol
5. “Heartbeat” LED for visual verification
that the card is functioning properly
• Internal and External Connectivity – Internal ports allow for a RAID array within a system while external ports allow
for connecting to a JBOD or SAS switch.
• Cost Effective Data Protection – Provides a low-cost RAID 0,1, and 1E solution for entry-level server and
workstation environments that need high-performance and reliable data protection.
• Hybrid RAID 5 with RS3WC080 – The Intel® RAID Controller RS3WC080 design is based on LSI MegaRAID*
technology that offers RAID 5 capability with many of the same features as Intel’s mainstream RAID products. (Note:
RAID 5 is firmware based but utilizes system resources, which makes it “Hybrid”.)
• SAS or SATA Storage – Connect SAS or SATA devices within the array for speed, reliability and scalability and use
high-capacity SATA drives for budget-friendly storage.
• Featuring Compatibility with Intel® Server Products – All Intel RAID solutions are validated across multiple
platforms with Intel® boards, chassis and systems. When used together, they deliver the best combination of
performance, built-in capabilities, and cost-efficiencies that meet the demands of big data now and into the future.
Entry-Level or Mainstream?
The Intel® RAID Controller RS3DC080 is a Mainstream Intelligent RAID product that offers
more performance and features compared to entry-level products. Features such as RAID
6/60, SSD Cache, advanced management and Maintenance Free Cache Backup are available
with the RS3DC080.2
2
Expected availability Q4 2013. See www.intel.com/go/RAID for
additional details on Mainstream Intel® RAID products.
Entry-Level Intel® RAID Controller RS3 Product Family
Technical Specifications
Compatible Server Boards,
Systems and JBODs
Compatible with most Intel® Server Boards and Systems supporting the Intel® Xeon® E5 and E3 processors, Intel®
Storage Systems (JBODs) and a wide number of third party-based servers and JBODs.
Data Protection Feature
Highlights
Distributed Sparing
Hot Spare Support
Expander Support
Intel® RAID Software
Intel® RAID Web Console 2, Intel® RAID Command Line Tool, Intel® RAID Flash Utilities
Maximum Devices/Drives
Models: RS3UC080, RS3FC044, RS3GC008
Non-RAID: 256
Integrated RAID (IR): 14 spread across 2 volumes
RAID 0, 1E, 10: 10 per volume
RAID 1: 2 per volume plus hotspare
Connectors
Internal connectors are mini-SAS HD SFF8643 and external connectors are mini-SAS HD SFF8644
080 models offer 8 internal ports, 008 model offers 8 external ports, 044 model offers 4 internal and 4 external ports
PCI Interface
x8 PCI Express* 3.0
Form Factor
Low profile, MD2 compliant
Data Transfer Rates
Up to 12Gb/s per port and a cumulative bandwidth of up to 8000 MB/s
Drive Types
SAS 12Gb, SAS and SATA 6Gb, and SAS and SATA 3Gb
Operating Temperature
Maximum ambient: 55°C with 200 LFM airflow
Operating Voltage
+12V ±10%
Standard Warranty
3 years, extended warranty available
Operating System Support
Microsoft Windows*, Linux (SuSE , Red Hat), Solaris*, VMware*, FreeBSD
See http://www.intel.com for details on versions and support
Background Consistency Checking
Enclosure Management / S.M.A.R.T. Support
RAID Support Before Operating System Loaded
Model: RS3WC080
Non-RAID: 64
RAID 0: 16 per volume
RAID 1: 2 per volume plus hotspare
RAID 10: 16 per volume
RAID 5/50: 16 per volume
Quick Order Reference Table for Intel® RAID Controller RS3 Family
Intel Order Codes
RS3UC080
RS3FC044
RS3GC008
RS3WC080
RS3DC0803
Internal Ports
8
4
0
8
8
External Ports
0
4
8
0
0
RAID Levels
0, 1, 1E, 10, JBOD
0, 1, 1E, 10, JBOD
0, 1, 1E, 10, JBOD
0, 1, 10, 5, 50
0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6, 60
I/O Processor
LSI SAS3008 IOC
LSI SAS3008 IOC
LSI SAS3008 IOC
LSI SAS3008 IOC
LSI SAS3108 ROC
3 - Intel® RAID Controller RS3DC080 is a Mainstream Intelligent RAID product which is covered in detail in a separate product brief. This brief addresses Entry-level products only.
Cable Kits
AXXCBL650HDMS
One kit with two 650mm cables. The initiator end connector is HD SFF8643 Mini-SAS. The target end
connector is 8087 Mini-SAS.
AXXCBL730HDMS
One kit with two 730mm cables. The initiator end connector is HD SFF8643 Mini-SAS. The target end
connector is 8087 Mini-SAS.
For more information on how to make the entry-level Intel® RAID 12Gb/s Controller RS3 Family part of a successful
storage solution, visit: www.intel.com/go/RAID
1 - Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel products as measured by those
tests. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing.
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