Intel® RAID offers a broad portfolio of RAID solutions designed to address the storage-related challenges of the modern day datacenter as well as the small business. Intel® RAID RS3 Controllers, Intel® Integrated RAID RMS25/S3 Modules, Intel® RAID High Availability and Intel® RAID SSD Cache provide organizations with:

  • Industry leading performance
  • Advanced data protection
  • Ease of use
  • World-class training, support and partner programs
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SSD-like Performance from Hard-Drive-based RAID using SSD Cache

Solid State technology allows for drastically higher throughput and IOPs than traditional spinning drives. However, an entire array of Solid State Drives is often cost prohibitive. To allow for the best of both worlds, Intel offers the following:

  • Intel® RAID SSD Cache Controller RCS25ZB040: Includes up to 1TB of onboard Flash-based cache which it utilizes to accelerate Writes and also host frequently accessed data or “hot spots” in order to provide SSD array-like performance.
  • SSD Cache 2.0 with FastPath* I/O Key: Allows for one or more SSD to be used as super-sized cache for the RAID module or unlocks a SSD-optimized code base for SSD RAID arrays (Order code: AXXRPFKSSD2).

Scalable Performance with SAS Expanders

Scalable Performance offers more than 8 SAS/SATA ports and delivers high performance associated with the throughput and IOPs possible with a high number of drives. To architect a scalable performance solution, it is recommended that a mainstream RAID product be combined with one of the following SAS expanders:

  • Intel® RAID Expander RES3FV288: Connects up to 28 internal SAS/SATA devices and provides 8 additional external ports for expanding to JBODs. Complies to the SAS 3.0 protocol, which allows for bandwidth aggregation from 6Gb/s devices for 12Gb/s throughput.
  • Intel® RAID Expander RES3TV360: Extends Intel’s SAS 3.0 RAID controllers to increase internal connectivity from 4 or 8 up to 28 devices. It can be serially attached to other expanders for greater device support.

Mainstream: RAID-On-Chip Intelligent Hardware RAID

Mainstream RAID offers advanced application acceleration technology delivered both add-in cards and modules with advanced firmware, drivers, utilities and management software. Mainstream RAID cards have powerful onboard processors with capabilities to perform parity generation (RAID levels 5/6/50/60) and RAID recovery operations, as well as data, memory and bus management. The following solutions are recommended for most customers desiring a mainstream solution:

  • Intel® Integrated RAID Module RMS3CC080: Delivers 8 x 12Gb/s SAS 3.0 ports with a high performance RAID-On-Chip processor, 1GB DDR3 memory and Avago MegaRAID technology. For Intel Server Boards with a Storage I/O Module Connector.
  • Intel® RAID Controller RS3DC080: Delivers 8 x 12Gb/s SAS ports with a high performance SAS 3.0 capable processor, 1GB DDR3 memory and Avago MegaRAID technology. For Intel and qualified 3rd party server boards. Uses a standard PCIe slot.

SMB (Mid-Tier): I/O Controller-based with Advanced Firmware

Many servers targeted at Small and Medium Business (SMB) require advanced RAID and storage management, but do not require Mainstream (Intelligent Hardware RAID) performance. For these customers, Intel offers a unique blend of our Mainstream RAID software stack on less expensive I/O Processor-based hardware. The following products are recommended:

  • Intel® Integrated RAID Module RMS3HC080: Delivers 8 x 12Gb/s SAS Ports with an I/O processor and MegaRAID-based firmware. Hardware RAID 0,1,10 and Hybrid RAID 5/50. Hybrid refers to RAID which is firmware based (not OS driver based like Software RAID), but uses system resources for parity calculations. For Intel Server Boards with a Storage I/O Module Connector.
  • Intel® RAID Controller RS3WC080: Delivers 8 x 12Gb/s SAS Ports with an I/O processor and MegaRAID-based firmware. Hardware RAID 0,1,10 and Hybrid RAID 5/50. For Intel and qualified 3rd party server boards. Uses a standard PCIe slot.

SMB (Mid-Tier): I/O Controller-based with Advanced Firmware

Many servers targeted at Small and Medium Business (SMB) require advanced RAID and storage management, but do not require Mainstream (Intelligent Hardware RAID) performance. For these customers, Intel offers a unique blend of our Mainstream RAID software stack on less expensive I/O Processor-based hardware. The following products are recommended:

  • Intel® RAID Controller RS3WC080: Delivers 8 x 12Gb/s SAS Ports with an I/O processor and MegaRAID-based firmware. Hardware RAID 0,1,10 and Hybrid RAID 5/50. Hybrid refers to RAID which is firmware based (not OS driver based like Software RAID), but uses system resources for parity calculations.
  • Intel® Integrated RAID Module RMS3JC080: Provides 8 internal 12Gb/s SAS/SATA ports powered by the LSI SAS3008 IOC Controller, which delivers up to 12Gb/s performance and support for JBOD, and RAID 0, 1, 1E and 10.

SMB (Mid-Tier): I/O Controller-based with Advanced Firmware

Many servers targeted at Small and Medium Business (SMB) require advanced RAID and storage management, but do not require Mainstream (Intelligent Hardware RAID) performance. For these customers, Intel offers a unique blend of our Mainstream RAID software stack on less expensive I/O Processor-based hardware. The following product is recommended:

  • Intel® RAID Controller RS3WC080: Delivers 8 x 12Gb/s SAS Ports with an I/O processor and MegaRAID-based firmware. Hardware RAID 0,1,10 and Hybrid RAID 5/50. Hybrid refers to RAID which is firmware based (not OS driver based like Software RAID), but uses system resources for parity calculations.

Common Accessories: Cache Backup, Premium Feature Upgrade and Cables

Intel offers accessories to help ensure the highest data protection and storage availability. These include:

  • Maintenance Free Backup Units: to protect the dynamic cache.
  • Premium Feature Keys: to allow for features such as Disk Encryption Management of SED drives and High Availability failover redundancy.
  • Cable kits: to deliver high bend radius, high signal integrity and a perfect fit.

For a complete list of accessories, please see the Product Matrix (coming soon).