Adaptec 720i

Dedicated SATA-based iSCSI storage appliance provides cost-effective, high-performance, highly reliable RAID storage for mission-critical application servers or back-up servers

The Adaptec 720i is compatible with Windows, Linux and VMware, delivering easy-to-manage storage that can be flexibly allocated via an IP SAN to application servers such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and Oracle while they are up and running. The 720i supports SATA drives in capacities from 1TB to 35TB. Boot diskless servers from the 720i over the IP SAN. For Windows servers, HA mirror between two 700i series storage appliances, and benefit from top-class VSS hardware snapshots.

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Hardware Installation
Adaptec 700i FRU Guide (PDF 2 MB)
Product Documentation
Adaptec 700i Series Quick Start Guide (PDF 3 MB)
Adaptec 700i Command Line Interface User Guide (PDF 1 MB)
Adaptec 700i Series User Guide (PDF 12 KB)
  Now SMBs/SMEs can get the benefits of using a SAN, but do not want to have to deal with the complications, compatibility problems, cost and specialised knowledge required to implement a Fibre Channel-based SAN.
Key Differentiators
  • Handles demanding IP SAN workloads
  • Advanced storage functionality at industry-leading value
  • Flexible and Scalable
  • Choice of SAS or SATA expansion
  • Maximum data protection
  • For Windows, high availability features ensure that users never lose access to critical data
  • SAN-wide management
  • Simple, automatic provisioning (for Microsoft Windows environments)


  • Customer Needs
      The iSCSI specification allows SMBs/SMEs to get the benefits of a SAN using highly compatible, low cost and widely understood Ethernet networking to create an IP SAN
    • All major operating systems support IP SANs including Windows, Linux and VMware

    iSCSI Storage applications include:

    • Storage for Exchange, SQL, Oracle, SharePoint or other transactional systems
    •  Storage for back-up and restore
    •  Storage for data mining
    • A component of a high availability architecture for mission-critical applications
    Three-year limited hardware warranty, return to depot; 90-day software support
    Cross-Platform Support

    Ideal for Use with Windows, Linux and VMware

    • Thoroughly tested with primary operating systems
    • Boot Diskless servers from the IP SAN
    • Microsoft-specific functionality
      • VDS provider for easy management
        • Simple SAN Component
      • VSS hardware transportable snapshots
      • Supports Microsoft Clusters
      • MPIO for path resiliency
      • HA mirroring with failover/failback


    AMD Opteron processor, with 1MB L2 cache and 1000MHz HyperTransport™

    ECC Memory

    1GB DDR 1 400 ECC RAM standard
    Supports maximum of 2GB DDR 1 400 ECC RAM

    Drive Configuration

    4 x 500GB 7200 RPM hot-swappable SATA drives (2TB raw capacity)
    4 x 250GB 7200 RPM hot-swappable SATA drives (1TB raw capacity)

    Standard LCD Display

    Backlit, 2-line, 16-character with system ID, IP address


    Custom 19" rackmount slide rails included

    Network Transport Protocols


    Network Block Protocols

    iSCSI software initiator support
    Compatible with Linux iSCSI initiator, 32- and 64-bit
    Compatible with VMware ESX iSCSI initiator
    Compatible with Microsoft's iSCSI initiator, 32- and 64-bit
    iSCSI hardware initiator support
    Q-Logic QLA-4050C
    Q-Logic QLA-4052C

    Network Security

    CHAP Authentication (iSCSI target level)
    SRP (Provides Secure Remote Password)

    Data Protection

    Hardware RAID 0, 1, 1E, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60
    Integrated snapshot technology with Microsoft VSS support
    UPS Support for graceful shutdown

    Power Rating

    400W 100-240 VAC (autosensing) 50-60Hz

    Input Current

    3.4A peak for 115VAC, 1.7A peak for 230VAC

    Power Consumption

    390W peak

    Heat Dissipation

    1057 BTUs/hr


    44.5mm (1.75 in) 1U


    444.5mm (17.5 in)


    742mm (29.25 in)


    18.2kg (40 lbs)