3ware Controllers and Related Products
3ware offers a complete family of Serial ATA products to power up your storage system performance.
Hardware vs. Software RAID - All 3ware products incorporate an onboard processor for true hardware RAID performance. Software RAID schemes use the system processor, occupy host memory, and consume CPU cycles. RAID reliability is compromised with software RAID, as the RAID system is vulnerable to an operating system corruption or crash. Performance measurements demonstrate that software RAID can rob the system of as much as 25% of its CPU cycles processing the RAID calculations instead of managing your applications.
SATA – The Revolution in Storage - Serial ATA incorporates significant technical enhancements over traditional ATA making it ideal for RAID implementations. Along with several configuration benefits, SATA technology improves data transmission through a point-to-point topology, which eliminates bus sharing thereby delivering a full 1.5Gb/s bandwidth to each drive. In order to optimize performance in this point-to-point topology, a switch is required. 3ware is at the forefront of SATA technology with the only switched fabric architecture – StorSwitch™. StorSwitch allows the controller to simultaneously communicate with all drives, scaling linearly as more drives are added, resulting in the highest possible storage subsystem performance.
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