Hardware RAID PCIe Slot Modules for Select Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600-based Server Boards
The new Intel Integrated RAID Modules RS25PB080, RS25PB040, and RT3PB080 are designed specifically for use in any of the PCIe slots on Intel Xeon processor E5-2600-based server boards. They offer a true-MD2 low profile form factor and intelligent hardware RAID 0/1/5/6 functionality at a lower cost than general purpose RAID cards from Intel with the same feature sets. The Intel Integrated RAID Modules RS25PB080, RS25PB040, and RT3PB080, powered by LSI MegaRAID technology, include two 800MHz processor cores and up to 1GB DDR3 1333MHz cache memory to drive exceptional storage performance and scalability.
The modules come with an option for either traditional battery-based cache backup or a Maintenance Free Backup Unit (MFBU). The MFBU uses a super-capacitor to copy data in flight from dynamic memory to NAND flash-based memory when a server loses power or crashes. The MFBU eliminates maintenance associated with LiON batteries, is more environmentally friendly, and is expected to offer a lower total cost of ownership over the life of the RAID module.
The Intel Integrated RAID Module RMS25PB and RMT3PB families are best deployed in mainstream server environments to help optimize the performance and reliability of applications such as database servers, e-mail servers, and web servers. Alternatively, these modules can be teamed with a SAS expander board such as the Intel RAID Expander RES2CV360 to offer scalable performance solutions for applications such as streaming media. In addition, by connecting one or more SSDs to these modules and adding the SSD Cache 2.0 with FastPath I/O upgrade feature, the performance of most applications can be further enhanced.