HP Upgrades Servers to Ultra3 SCSI

PALO ALTO, CALIF. (06/15/2000) - Hewlett-Packard Co. this week announced that it is offering high-performance Ultra3 SCSI RAID controllers, drives and enclosures for its NetServer line of products.

The Ultra3 SCSI RAID controllers achieve higher performance than SCSI2 controllers and have added redundancy checks for better data integrity. In addition, they are backward-compatible with Ultra2 SCSI controllers. The controllers deliver performance of 160M-bps, twice the speed of Ultra2 SCSI.

Further, the Ultra3 SCSI controllers have four channels offering up to 640G-bit/sec performance. Each channel can hold up to 12 36G-byte drives.

Each controller also contains from 64M bytes to128M bytes of battery-backed RAM, which offers up to 72 hours of data protection if power is lost. They also support RAID Levels 0,1,5 and 10. The controller uses an Intel StrongArm 233MHz processor and is configured to fit in servers with PCI buses.

The NetRAID-4M controller ships with management software for configuring the controller. The software has a graphical interface and lets the administrator manage multiple RAID arrays at one time. Each array supports 7,200 and 10,000 RPM drives.

The company also introduced Ultra3 compatible internal or external disk drives and disk enclosures.

The Ultra3 SCSI drives HP offers are low profile 9G-byte, 18G-byte or 36G-byte drives that operate at either 7,200 or 10,000 RPMs. Up to 13 Rack Storage/12 enclosures fit in a standard 19-inch rack. Each enclosure holds drives with an upper capacity of 432G bytes. The rack enclosure has redundant hot swappable fans and power supplies.

Each product is available now. Pricing is not available. www.hp.com.

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