Areca ARC-1215-4i
( 4/8-Port PCIe 3.0 Internal 6Gbps SAS RAID Controllers)
( 4/8-Port PCIe 3.0 External 6Gbps SAS RAID Controllers)
SAS 2.0 is designed for much higher speed data transfer than previous available and
backward compatibility with SAS 1.0. The 6Gb/s SAS interface supports both 6Gb/s
and 3Gb/s SAS/SATA disk drives for data-intensive applications and 6Gb/s or 3Gb/s
SATA drives for low-cost bulk storage of reference data. The ARC-12x5 family only
support directly attach to 4/8 SAS/SATA drives without supporting the expand
•Configurable stripe size up to
•Multiple RAID 0 and RAID 10(1E)
support (RAID 00 and RAID100)
•Online capacity expansion, RAID
level/stripe size migration
•Online volume set growth
•Redundant flash image for adapter
•Serial bus and SGPIO enclosure
Unparalleled Performance
The 6Gb/s SAS RAID controllers raise the
standard to higher performance levels with several
enhancements including new high performance
dual core ROC Processor, a DDR3-1333 memory
architecture and high performance PCIe 3.0 x8
lane host interface bus interconnection. The low
profile controllers by default support on-board 1G
of ECC DDR3-1333 SDRAM memory. The optional
battery backup module provides power to the
cache if it contains data not yet written to the
drives when power is lost. The test result is
against overall performance compared to other
6Gb/s SAS RAID controllers. The powerful new
ROC processors integrated 8 6Gb/s SAS ports on
chip delivers high performance for servers and
•Support EFI BIOS for Mac Pro
Unsurpassed Data Availability
•SSD automatic monitor clone
As storage capacities continue to rapidly increase,
users need greater level of disk drive fault
tolerance, which can be implemented without
doubling the investment in disk drives. The RAID
6 can offer fault tolerance greater that RAID 1 or
RAID 5 but only consumes the capacity of 2 disk
drives for distributed parity data. The 6Gb/s SAS
RAID controllers with extreme performance RAID
6 engine installed provide the highest RAID 6
feature to meet this requirement. The controller
can concurrently compute two parity blocks and
get very similar RAID 5 performance.
(AMC) support
•Controller level hardware encryption function support
•Support for native 4K and 512
byte sector SAS and SATA
•Support intelligent power management to save energy and extend
service life.
•Broad operating support including
Windows, Linux (open source),
FreeBSD (open source), Soaris
(open source), Mac and VMware
The 6Gb/s SAS RAID controllers can also provide
RAID levels 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, Single
Disk or JBOD for maximum configuration
flexibility. Its high data availability and protection
derives from the following capabilities: Online
RAID Capacity Expansion, Array Roaming, Online
RAID Level / Stripe Size Migration, Global Online
Spare, Automatic Drive Failure Detection,
Automatic Failed Drive Rebuilding, Disk Hot-Swap,
Online Background Rebuilding, Instant
Availability/Background Initialization, Auto
Reassign Sector, Redundant Flash Image and
Battery Backup Module. Greater than Two TB
Support allows for very large volume set application in 64-bit environment such as data-mining and
managing large databases.
Maximum Interoperability
The 6Gb/s SAS RAID controller support broad
operating system including Windows 8/Server
2012(R2)/7/2008/Vista/XP/2003, Linux (Open
Source), FreeBSD (Open Source), Solaris (Open
Source), Mac, VMware and more, along with key
system monitoring features such as enclosure
management (Serial Bus & SGPIO) and SNMP
function. Our products and technology are based
on extensive testing and validation process;
leverage Areca SAS or SATA RAID controller
field-proven compatibility with operating systems,
motherboards, applications and device drivers.
Easy RAID Management
The controllers contain an embedded McBIOS
RAID manager that can access via hot key at M/B
BIOS boot-up screen. This pre-boot McBIOS RAID
manager can use to simplify the setup and
management of RAID controller. The controller
firmware also contains a browser-based McRAID
storage manager which can be accessed through
the Ethernet port or ArcHttp proxy server in
Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and more environments. The McRAID storage manager allows local
and remote to create and modify RAID set, volume
set, and monitor RAID status from standard web
browser. The Single Admin Portal (SAP) monitor
utility can support one application to scan multiple
RAID units in the network.
Adapter Architecture
• Dual Core RAID-on-Chip (ROC) 800 MHz processor
• System status indication through global HDD activity/fault
• PCIe 3.0 x8 lane host interface
connector, individual activity/fault connector, LCD/I2C
• 1GB on-board DDR3-1333 SDRAM with ECC
connector and alarm buzzer
• Support up to 4/8 internal or 4/8 external 6Gb/s SAS ports
• SMTP support for email notification
• Write-through or write-back cache support
• SNMP support for remote manager
• ARC-1215-4i/4x supports up to 4 x 6Gb/s SAS/SATA HDDs
• Enclosure management (Serial Bus and SGPIO) ready
• ARC-1225-8i/8x supports up to 8 x 6Gb/s SAS/SATA HDDs
• Multi-adapter support for large storage requirements
RAID Management
• BIOS boot support for greater fault tolerance
• BIOS PnP (plug and play) and BBS (BIOS boot specification) support
• Support EFI BIOS for Mac Pro
• Field-upgradeable firmware in flash ROM
In-Band Manager
• NVRAM for RAID event & transaction log
• Hot key "boot-up" McBIOS RAID manager via M/B BIOS
• Redundant flash image for adapter availability
• Web browser-based McRAID storage manager via ArcHttp proxy
• Battery Backup Module (BBM) ready (optional)
server for all operating systems
• RoHS compliant
• Support Command Line Interface (CLI)
• API library for customer to write monitor utility
RAID Features
• Single Admin Portal (SAP) monitor utility
• RAID level 0, 1, 10(1E), 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD
• Multiple RAID 0 and RAID 10(1E) support (RAID 00 and RAID100)
• Multiple RAID selection
Out-of-Band Manager
• Firmware-embedded web browser-based McRAID storage manager,
• Configurable stripe size up to 1024KB
SMTP manager, SNMP agent and Telnet function via Ethernet port
• Support HDD firmware update
• API library for customer to write monitor utility
• Online array roaming
• Support push button and LCD display panel (optional)
• Online RAID level/stripe size migration
• Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration simultaneously
• Online volume set growth
• Instant availability and background initialization
Operating System
• Windows 8/server 2012/7/2008/Vista/XP/2003
• Support global and dedicated hot spare
• Linux
• Automatic drive insertion/removal detection and rebuilding
• Support for native 4K and 512 byte sector SAS and SATA devices
• Support intelligent power management to save energy and extend
service life
• FreeBSD
• VMware (only driver package available w/o management)
• Solaris 10/11 x86/x86_64
• Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
• Multiple pairs SSD/HDD disk clone function
For more information & latest supported OS listing visit
• SSD automatic monitor clone (AMC) support
• Controller level hardware encryption function support
• Support firmware level Hdd Xfer speed test
Model Name
I/O Processor
Dual Core RAID-on-Chip (ROC) 800 MHz Processor
Host Bus Type
PCIe 3.0 x 8 Lanes
Drive Connector
1 x SFF-8087
2 x SFF-8087
1 x SFF- 8088
Drive Support
RAID Level
0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, Single Disk or JBOD
On-Board Cache
0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60,
Single Disk or JBOD
2 x SFF-8088
0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, Single Disk or JBOD
0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, 30, 50, 60,
Single Disk or JBOD
1GB on-board DDR3-1333 SDRAM with ECC
Management Port
In-Band: PCIe / Out-of-Band: BIOS, LCD (Optional) and LAN Port
In-Band: PCIe / Out-of-Band: BIOS and LCD (Optional)
Enclosure Ready
Individual Activity/Faulty Header, Serial Bus and SGPIO
External Serial Bus
Form Factor (H x L)
64.4 (H) x 169.5 (L) mm
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