Adaptec smart storage adapter support for CPUs

The interoperability between Microsemi’s 12 gigabits per second SAS/SATA host bus adapter (HBA), the Microsemi Adaptec HBA 1100, part of its new Smart Storage adapters portfolio, and Cavium’s ThunderX2™ ARM-based central processing unit are now possible.

Data centre customers looking for a storage adapter solution for Cavium ThunderX2 deployments to support high performance SAS/SATA connectivity can now deploy the Microsemi Adapter HBA 1100 as an end-to-end solution.

“Extensive interoperability testing between Cavium and Microsemi make our Adaptec HBA 1100 the ideal storage solution for Cavium ThunderX2 server deployments,” said Andrew Dieckmann, vice-president of marketing for Microsemi. “ARM-based processors are increasingly being considered for next-generation server deployments in the data centre due to their performance and power profile advantages for specific data centre workloads.”

According to research firm IDC, the ARM-based server processor market will grow to 10 per cent of all server processors shipped by 2021. The Microsemi Adaptec HBA 1100, which leverages the company’s unified Smart Storage Stack, is optimised for software-defined storage, cold storage and other raw high-performance connectivity applications for data centres, server original equipment manufacturers and server original design manufacturers.

It provides adapters in a range of port configurations, from four to 24 ports, and takes advantage of Microsemi’s latest 28nm storage controller, the SmartIOC 2100, which Microsemi says offers great flexibility and an optimal power profile for these target applications. It also offers support for host-managed and host-aware shingled magnetic recording drives as well as broad operating system driver support, including inbox driver support.

“It is an exciting time in the server processor market, as application workloads continue to become more diverse and performance-intensive,” said Larry Wikelius, vice-president Software Ecosystem and Solutions Group at Cavium.

“Data centres are looking at the Cavium ThunderX2 to deliver the required performance for cloud and high-performance computing deployments, and we are pleased to now offer Microsemi’s Adaptec HBA 1100 as part of our solution set when external connectivity or fan out to internal drives is required.”

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