Broadcom MegaRAID SAS 9271-8iCC
Turbocharge application performance by adding solid state drive (SSD) acceleration to hard drive arrays
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Unmatched RAID Performance for Next-Generation Servers and Storage
Today’s data center, cloud and high-performance computing environments not only require increased storage capacity to handle massive volumes of data, but are also challenged to protect and deliver data as quickly as possible to meet the needs of applications and end users. To address these performance demands as capacity scales, the newest 6Gb/s SAS RAID controllers from Broadcom offer a powerful combination of intelligent performance , enterprise RAID data protection and proven interoperability with the latest server platforms based on the PCI Express 3.0 specification. The MegaRAID SAS 9271-8iCC, with eight internal ports, delivers two 800MHz PowerPC® processor cores and a 72-bit DDRIII interface that drives 1GB cache memory. Powered by the LSI SAS 2208 dual-core ROC, the 9271-8iCC controller includes the latest PCI Express 3.0 and 6Gb/s SAS technology and helps users to maximize the performance benefits of solid state storage.
MegaRAID® CacheCade™ Pro 2.0 and MegaRAID Fast Path Ready
The “CC” family of 6Gb/s MegaRAID controllers ship as standard with CacheCade Pro 2.0 and Fast Path software enabled out of the box. These software offerings help to optimize application performance in direct-attached storage environments configured with solid-state drives (SSDs). CacheCade Pro 2.0 read/ write software is designed to dramatically accelerate application I/O performance of hard disk drive (HDD)-based arrays by intelligently caching frequently accessed, or “hot spot”, data to SSDs. Using SSDs as a dedicated pool of high-performance cache memory in front of HDDs can cost-effectively improve both read and write performance, reduce I/O latencies, accelerate application response time and lower RAID access and rebuild times. MegaRAID Fast Path software is a high-performance I/O accelerator, designed to dramatically boost transactional application throughput of SSD arrays connected to the MegaRAID controller card.
Protect Cached Data with MegaRAID CacheVault™ Technology or BBU
RAID caching is a cost-effective way to improve I/O performance by writing data to a controllers’ cache before it is written to disk. In write-back mode, data written to cache is vulnerable until it is made permanent on disk. To avoid the possibility of data loss or corruption during a power or server failure, Broadcom offers the CacheVault flash cache protection module or the LSIiBBU09 battery backup unit for the MegaRAID SAS 9271-8iCC controller. CacheVault flash cache protection uses NAND flash memory powered by a super-capacitor to help protect data stored in the MegaRAID controller cache. The RAID controller automatically writes the data in cache memory to flash storage when a power failure occurs, while the super-capacitor keeps the current going during the process. When the power comes back, the DRAM is recovered from flash storage and the system goes on without loss of data. Customers have the flexibility to choose a traditional LiON battery solution or a greener, lower total cost of ownership (TCO) cache protection solution with MegaRAID CacheVault technology.
Intuitive RAID Management Utility
The MegaRAID Management Suite™ software provides essential tools to manage MegaRAID products, whether deployed in an enterprise or small business. Broadcom offers a collection of applications and tools including a pre-boot setup utility and a full spectrum of online RAID management utilities. This suite of applications allows administrators to adjust SAS or SATA topology views from the system host, controller and disk enclosure down to the logical and physical drive level. Extending to enterprise deployments, these tools scale to more easily configure, monitor and manage RAID and JBOD volumes locally or over the LAN network.
Features and Benefits:
- Eight external 6Gb/s SATA+SAS ports
- Two Mini-SAS external connectors (SFF8087)
- LSI SAS 2208 Dual- core 6Gb/s ROC
–x2 800MHz PowerPC Processors
- PCI Express 3.0 Host Interface
- 1GB DDRIII cache memory
- RAID Levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60
- Support for NAND flash or BBU cache protection solution
- SSD-Optimized Software included; CacheCade Pro 2.0 and Fast Path Ready
- Unmatched RAID performance
- Connect up to 128 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s SATA and SAS hard drives or SSDs
- CacheVault technology option for greener, lower total cost cache protection (LSICVM01)
- Heat-tolerant battery backup option (LSIiBBU09)
|MegaRAID SAS 9271-8iCC Specifications|
|Solution Provided||Eight-port internal SAS solution for applications needing more performance from their existing HDD infrastructure or requiring better transactional performance from solid-state storage arrays.|
|Physical Dimensions||MD2 Low profile (6.6” X 2.536”)|
|Connectors||Two Mini-SAS SFF8087 internal connectors (side mount)|
|Device Support||Up to 128 SAS and/or SATA hard drives and SSDs|
|Host Bus Type||x8 lane PCI Express 3.0 compliant|
|Data Transfer Rates||Up to 6Gb/s per port|
|I/O Processor/SAS Controller||LSI SAS 2208 Dual-Core RAID on Chip (ROC)|
|Cache Memory||1 GB 1333MHz DDRIII SDRAM|
|Cache Protection||MegaRAID CacheVault flash cache protection (optional – LSICVM01 / LSI00297)
MegaRAID LSIiBBU09 (optional – LSIiBBU09 / LSI00279)
|Key RAID Data Protection Features||
|Operating Temperature||Maximum ambient: Controller Card: 60°C, with optional CVM01: 55°C, with optional LSIiBBU09: 55°C|
|Operating Voltage||+3.3V, +12V|
|Warranty||3 years, free advanced technical support, advanced replacement option|
|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|
|RAID Management||MegaRAID Management Suite
|Optional SSD Optimization||
|OS Support||Extensive support includes Microsoft® Windows® Vista/2008/Server 2003, Linux® , Solaris™ (x86), FreeBSD® , VMware® and more.|
Download the Broadcom MegaRAID SAS 9271-8iCC Product Brief (PDF).