LSI® Nytro™ MegaRAID® Application Acceleration Card for DAS

Product Brief
LSI® Nytro™ MegaRAID®
Application Acceleration Card for DAS
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The Nytro MegaRAID family of application acceleration cards deliver on-board flash technology
Uses on-card enterprise-grade RAIDprotected flash storage designed for
optimum performancen
Sophisticated caching algorithms
allow frequently accessed data to be
located on flash storage
Supports high performance access
during HDD rebuild times (degraded
mode) when requests come from
flash storage
Faster rebuild times because flash
storage access reduces the load on
the HDD RAID engine
Low profile, MD2 form factor, PCIe
3.0 compliant, with support for 6Gb/s
SAS or SATA devices.
with LSI market segment leading dual core RAID-on-Chip (ROC) technology to accelerate key
business applications. In some case by up to 47x.
The cards use intelligent caching algorithms to help identify application “hot spots”, frequently
accessed data, and promote it to fast on-board flash. Nytro MegaRAID cards are low profile,
MD2 form factor, PCIe® 3.0 compliant, with support for 6Gb/s SAS or SATA devices.
DAS acceleration evolved, the Nytro MegaRAID cards can be more cost effective than direct
attached solid state drive (SSD)-only arrays or over-provisioned direct attached hard disk drive
(HDD) environments.
Easy To Use with Transparent Access to Applications
Not all SSD implementations work at enterprise levels. Performance may suddenly drop after only
several hours of use, the so-called “write cliff”. The Nytro MegaRAID family of cards is designed
to provide sustainable performance by using their own on-board flash storage, managed by LSI
SandForce® flash processors to provide enterprise-grade performance and reliability and offer more
consistent latency performance than SAS-based SSDs.
Response Time Improvement
In the LSI lab we compared two identical databases, each 140GB, each running on its
own server with an identical set of HDDs. Both databases were driven by identical online
transaction processing (OLTP) workloads of 250 users. The Nytro MegaRAID card’s caching on
flash storage yielded a 47x faster response.
Reducing Latencies
Reducing Latencies
Key Features
HDD Only
HDDs with Cache Assist
Product Brief
Nytro MegaRAID Card Specifications
Operating Systems
RHEL : 6.0, 6.1
SLES 10, 11 Windows 7/Windows 2008/Windows Server 2008 R2
OEL: 6, 6.1, 6.2
Ubuntu 10.04, 11.1, 12.04
Debian 5.0.7, 6.0.0, 6.0.4
Fedora 15, 16
VMware 4.0, 4.1, 5.0
FreeBSD 8.2, 8.3
Solaris 10, 11
Check for latest OS support
Physical Dimensions
MD2 Low profile (2.536”x6.60”)
Internal Connector
Mini-SAS SFF8087 internal connector
Device Support
Up to 128 devices
Host Bus Type
x8 lane PCI Express 3.0 compliant
Data Transfer Rates
6Gb/s per SAS lane
DDR memory for RAID cache assist
RAID Data Protection Features
RAID levels 0, 1, 5 and 6 on HDDs
RAID spans 10, 50 and 60 on HDDs
RAID levels 0 and 1 on the on card flash storage
Online RAID Level Migration (RLM)
•Configurable stripe size up to 1MB
Fast initialization for quick array setup
•64 logical drive support
•Up to 64TB LUN support
•S.M.A.R.T Mode 5 support
Operating Temperature
0 - 45° C (at 300 LFM)
Operating Voltage and Power
+3.3V, +12V, power requirements less than 25 watts
Regulatory Certifications
EN55022, EN55024, EN60950, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3; FCC Class A, Class B; UL1950; UL; CSA C22.2; VCCI; RRL for
MIC; BSMI; C-tick
Ordering Information LSI Nytro MegaRAID Card
Memory Type
Part Number
Nytro MegaRAID 8100-4i
Nytro MegaRAID 8110-4i
Nytro MegaRAID 8120-4i
Nytro MegaRAID SCM01*
* Supercap Kit for DRAM Cache protection
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