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Series 8 RAID Adapters

Series 8 RAID adapters bring to market a number of breakthroughs for the most performance-intensive applications and dense server environments.

The complete Series 8 family is available in 4, 8 and 16 native port configurations, the next generation maxCache SSD caching , third-generation Zero Maintenance Cache Protection, and Adaptec maxView which makes it simple to monitor and configure Series 8 RAID adapters.

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Series 8 RAID Adapters Datasheet

Series 8 maxCache Technical Brief

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Capitalizes on multi-threaded processor and RAID stack improvements, delivering more than 700K IOPs to performance hungry transactional and database applications

Ultra-dense solution supports 8 ports of simultaneous internal and external 12Gb SAS connectivity, or 16 ports of internal connectivity with integrated Flash Backup

Integrated on Adaptec RAID 81605ZQ and 81605Z, and available for the rest of the Series 8 family (as option) and 8885Q (included), Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection provides maximum performance and protection for cached data, eliminating the costs and environmental impact of Lithium Ion batteries.

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"The Adaptec Series 8 line is a perfect fit for enterprises looking to vastly improve the performance of their resource-intensive applications or dense server environments at a top-in-class level. The 81605ZQ in particular offers great data protection with its integrated flash module, which eliminates the need for an add-on daughterboard and the 16 ports offer tremendous in-system flexiblity."


"PMC Adaptec's introduction of the 12Gb/s ASR-8885 heralds the beginning of the 12Gb/s SAS RAID controller era, which provides numerous advantages over the previous 6Gb/s architecture. PMC Adaptec is making significant inroads into the SAS space. With their RAID controllers, HBA's, expanders and a forthcoming SAS SSD controller, they provide an end-to-end SAS solution for their customers."

"The needs of the datacenter are changing, and as PMC Adaptec continues to evolve, they have developed new RAID controllers and HBA's that provide density, flexibility, and performance in a small package."

Paul Alcorn

"Their ASR-8885 is a great RAID adapter. It offers 16 ports of 12Gbps SAS with amazing throughput. We had no issues hitting 700K IOPS and 6GB/s.

Those are amazing maximums, but we were more impressed with the incredible consistency that we observed. With sub-microsecond variance, the Series 8 destroyed our latency tests."

Ben Chase
The SSD Review

"Enterprise datacenters and cloud environments have a need to accelerate application performance while coping with massive data growth cost effectively.

12Gb/s SAS architectures and tiering technologies are poised to overcome these challenges and help unlock the full potential of SSDs, which is one of the key reasons IDC expects shipments of SAS SSDs to grow at a 75 percent compound annual growth rate from 2012 to 2017."

Jeff Janukowicz
Research Director
Solid State Storage at IDC
"Our new 12Gb/s SAS SSDs dramatically improve response times to dynamic and mission critical data in cloud and datacenter environments, but an end-to-end 12Gb/s SAS architecture is a critical part of the foundation of the build out.

Products like PMC's Series 8 adapters are key elements that will allow data center architects to realize the full benefits of our industry-leading SSD performance."

Gary Gentry
Senior Vice President and
General Manager
Seagate's Solid State Drive Business

TweakTown Review ASR-8885 StorageReview.com

SSD Review

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Adaptec 12Gb/s SAS HD Cables for Series 8 Adapters allow for greater flexibility in configuration options by supporting up to 16 native SAS/SATA ports in a Low-Profile MD2 form factor.

The new connectors can be combined with a wide range of Adaptec SAS HD cables, including straight connectors or Adaptec's first to market right angle connectors.

The optional Adaptec Flash Module 700 (AFM-700) provides Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection (ZMCP) for Adaptec Series 8 (as option), 8885Q (included), and integrated into 81605ZQ/81605Z, providing maximum protection for cached data, and eliminating the costs and environmental impact of Lithium Ion batteries.

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PMC Adaptec Series 8 RAID adapters support all major operating systems, including Windows, Linux, VMware and FreeBSD.

Series 8 adapters have also been extensively tested with third-party components to deliver the utmost in compatibility.

They are backed by a three year warranty and the company's superior technical support.

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