FastTrak® SX4300/SX8300 PCI-X RAID Controller
FastTrak® SX4300/ SX8300
Serial ATA 3Gb/s PCI-X RAID Controller
Cost-Effective, High-Performance Serial ATA
3Gb/s RAID Solution from the Worldwide
Leader in SATA RAID Technology
The Price/Performance Leader
FastTrak ® SX4300
The FastTrak SX4300/8300 SATA 3Gb/s PCI-X RAID 5 controller delivers
industry-leading RAID 5 performance at an unprecedented price/performance
ratio. For companies running popular applications like web services, file/email
servers, audio/video streaming and nearline storage, the FastTrak SX4300/8300
opens the world of professional RAID 5 performance and data protection and
combines it with cost-effective Serial ATA (SATA) 3Gb/s drives for the ultimate
internal storage solution. Based on Promise’s OEM-proven RAID 5 technology, the
FastTrak SX4300/8300 competes with SCSI RAID 5 controllers—at one-half to
one-third of the price.
:: 4 Serial ATA 3Gb/s ports
SATA 3Gb/s Support
:: 8 Serial ATA 3Gb/s ports
The FastTrak SX4300/8300 controller supports Serial ATA 3Gb/s drives and
conforms to Serial ATA II, Extensions to SATA 1.0 specification with Native
Command Queuing and Disk Activity LED headers support. Command Queuing
increases I/O performance by intelligently reordering data requests so that the
data can be accessed more quickly.
Hardware-Assisted RAID 5 Architecture
FastTrak ® SX8300
4-port and 8-port SATA RAID
controllers with 3.0 Gb/s per port
64-Bit/133MHz PCI-X Host Bus Interface
Low Profile form factor
Support for RAID level 0, 1, 5, 10, and JBOD
RAID 5 implementation involves striping data and parity information (XOR) across
the storage array. Since those parity calculations are so processor-intensive, RAID
5 controllers traditionally require a dedicated CPU to perform the XOR
calculations and manage the array. Instead of adding a costly dedicated I/O
processor to the controller, Promise’s FastTrak SX4300/8300 controller uses an
integrated XOR engine for parity calculations, delivering extraordinary
performance at a dramatically lower price. This approach takes advantage of
today’s ultra-powerful PC CPUs to manage the array and outperform traditional
RAID 5 solutions.
Improved RAS (Reliability, Availability, and
Serviceability) functions
Improved RAS Functions
Automatic/manual rebuild of hot spare drive
PerfectRAID™ technology for robust error
handling and recovery
Based on an architecture similar to the widely successful FastTrak S150 SX4-M,
the FastTrak SX4300/8300 adds enhanced features for improved RAS (Reliability,
Availability and Serviceability). In addition to an improved RAID algorithm, among
the enhanced features are multiple logical drive support, media patrolTM and read
check table. Equipped with the new web-based Promise Array Manager
(WebPAMTM) software, FastTrak SX4300/8300 is extremely easy to manage for
Online capacity expansion and RAID level
migration to add capacity as needed
Hardware-Assisted RAID 5 Architecture
Multiple logical drive support
XOR Parity
FastTrak SX4300/
Distributed Parity
a parity
b parity
c parity
d parity
Disk Drives
Controller Specifications
• Four or eight SATA ports at 3.0Gb/s (300MB/sec)
• Storage capacity up to 4.0/8.0 terabytes (with four/eight 500GB drives x2 controllers/system)
• 64-bit, 133MHz PCI-X host bus interface*
• Promise 41721/81731 RAID Processor with XOR engine for RAID parity calculations and memory
controller for local cache memory
• On-board ECC DDR cache memory: 32MB for SX4300, 64MB for SX8300
• FRAM for RAID5 transaction log to avoid data corruption in the event application hangs
• Dual controller support within a system
• Supports SAF-TE enclosure management
• Low-profile form factor ideal for 1U/2U server
• Combine with the SuperSwap 4100 for an advanced internal storage system
RAID Levels Supported
• RAID 0 — Data striped across 2-8 drives for increased performance but no data protection
• RAID 1 — Mirrored pairs of drives for data protection with increased read performance
• RAID 5 — Striped parity on 3-8 drives, ultimate data protection, capacity and performance balance
• RAID 10 — Data mirrored then striped across up to eight drives, for double drive failure protection
• JBOD — Just a Bunch Of Drives: independent connected drives with no RAID interconnection
Shares work among up to 4 drives (RAID 5) for huge storage capacity.
Dramatically increases read and write data transfer speeds.
Calculates and distributes parity to protect data against drive failure.
Sophisticated Array
Management Tools
RAID Fault Tolerance and Robustness Features
• Multiple logical drive support enables combining different RAID levels on one set of disks
• Read Check table to avoid data read errors
• Media Patrol™ on all configured drive space
• Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration to add capacity “on the fly” as needed
• PerfectRAID™ technology for error handling and recovery of fatal, media and disk errors
• Support hot swap of failed drives and hot spares
• Automatic/manual rebuild of hot spare drive
• Background initialization for instant drive availability
• Variable stripe block size support to meet various application requirements
• Synchronization can be scheduled periodically for RAID array data consistency
Web-based Promise Array Management
(WebPAM) software offers professional
management tools in a simple-to-use,
straightforward format. Array configurations,
management and monitoring features are
available via the web based interface.
Moreover, the FastTrak SX family supports
industry standard SNMP so third party
management application integration is
The Leader in SATA RAID
Promise Technology, Inc., recognized as the
originator and worldwide leader of ATA
RAID, has offered high-performance
solutions for PC storage since 1988. Today
the world's biggest OEMs and resellers look
to Promise for ongoing innovations in ATA
and SATA RAID design as the company
continues to lead with the most powerful
and economical alternatives to traditional
RAID controllers and subsystems.
Advanced Performance Features
• Multiple caching policy support
• Packet commands and interrupt coalescing minimize interrupts for better performance
• Elevator seek streamlines commands based upon data location on the disk
Web-based Promise Array Manager
• Creates, deletes, expands, and converts disk arrays remotely
• Array synchronization and rebuild scheduling
• Monitors drive, array, and enclosure status and provides online event logging
• E-mail notification of drive, array, controller or enclosure events (e.g. error or degrade conditions)
Operating Systems**
• Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/2003
• Red Hat Linux, SuSE Linux, Linux partial open source driver
Platform Support
• Intel IA32, EM64T, and AMD64
• Single and dual CPU servers
FastBuild™ BIOS
• Array configuration utility at the BIOS level
• BIOS Boot Specification support: boot system from any array
• Flash-upgradeable BIOS for future upgrades
Cable in Kit
• 4/8 x 26" (650mm) serial ATA cables
Physical Dimension
• 7.7" x 2.54" (195 x 64.41 mm)
Limited Warranty
3 Years
* Controller does not support use in PCI slot
** Check for latest operating system drivers
©2005 Promise Technology, Inc. Specifications subject to change without notice.
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Milpitas, CA
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Dortmund, Germany
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Roma, Italy
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Hsin-Chu, Taiwan
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Beijing, China
Tel: 86-10-8857-8085 or 8095
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Tokyo, Japan
Tel: 81-03-5823-1021
FastTrak® SX4300/SX8300 PCI-X RAID Controller
Boosts Storage Performance and
Protects User Data and Programs