Promise FastTrak SX4030 ATA RAID 5 Adapter

Promise Updated: 2009-01-04 RSS
Promise FastTrak SX4030 ATA RAID 5 Adapter

Cost-Effective, High-Performance ATA RAID 5 Solution from the Worldwide Leader in ATA RAID Technology

* Four-channel ATA RAID controller with support for up to four Ultra ATA/133 hard drives
* 32-Bit/33MHz PCI 2.2 interface
* Support for RAID level 0, 1, 10, 5 and JBOD
* Supports hot swap of failed drives with SuperSwap™ 1000
* Automatic/manual rebuild of hot spare drive
* Variable stripe block size support enables optimization for diverse application requirements
* 64MB of ECC cache memory
* Seamless upgrade to Promise's external storage solutions

The Price/Performance Leader
The FastTrak SX4030 ATA RAID PCI adapter delivers industry leading RAID 5 performance at an unprecedented performance-to-price ratio. For companies running popular applications like web services, file/email servers, audio/video streaming and nearline storage, the FastTrak SX4030 opens the world of professional RAID 5 performance and data protection and combines it with cost-effective Ultra ATA (PATA) drives for the ultimate internal storage solution. Based on OEM-proven RAID 5 technology, the FastTrak SX4030 competes with SCSI RAID 5 controllers-at one half to one-third of the price. RAID 5 storage protection is no longer the privilege of budget-rich IT departments.

Hardware-Assisted RAID 5 Architecture
RAID 5 implementation involves striping data and parity information (XOR) across the storage array. Since those parity calculations are so processor-intensive, RAID 5 controllers traditionally require a dedicated CPU to perform the XOR calculations and manage the array. Instead of adding a costly CPU to the controller, Promise's FastTrak SX4030 controller uses an integrated XOR engine for parity calculations, delivering extraordinary performance at a dramatically lower price. This approach takes advantage of today's ultra-powerful PC CPUs to manage the array and outperform traditional RAID 5 solutions.The FastTrak SX4030 sets a new standard for RAID 5 controllers.

Sophisticated Array Monitoring Tools
Promise Array Management (PAM) software offers professional management tools in a simple-to-use, straightforward format. Array configurations, management and monitoring features are available via the windows based management and can be access locally or via the TCP/IP network remotely. Moreover, the FastTrak SX family supports industry standard SNMP so third party management application integration is simplified.

The Leader in ATA RAID
Promise Technology, Inc., recognized as the originator and worldwide leader of ATA RAID, has offered high-performance solutions for PC storage since 1988.Today the world's biggest OEMs and resellers look to Promise for ongoing innovations in ATA and ATA RAID design as the company continues to lead with the most powerful and economical alternatives to traditional RAID controllers and subsystems.


Controller Specifications
* Four independent Ultra ATA/133 channels that support up to four drives
* Storage capacity up to 1 terabyte (with four 250 GB drives)
* 32-Bit, 33 MHz PCI bus; PCI 2.2 compliant
* Promise RAID Processor with XOR engine for RAID parity calculations and memory controller for local cache memory
* 64MB ECC controller cache memory
* FRAM for RAID5 transaction log to avoid data corruption in the event of application hangs
* Built-in GPIO ports for enclosure management

RAID Levels Supported
* RAID 5-- Striped parity on 3-4 drives, ultimate data protection, capacity and performance balance
* RAID 10-- Data mirrored then striped across four drives, for double drive failure protection
* RAID 1-- Mirrored pairs of drives for data protection with increased read performance
* RAID 0-- Data striped across 2-4 drives for increased performance but no data protection
* JBOD-- Just a Bunch Of Drives: independent connected drives with no RAID interconnection

RAID Fault Tolerance and Robustness Features
* Online array expansion and RAID level migration to add capacity on the fly
* PerfectRAID. technology for error handling and recovery of fatal, media and disk errors
* DRM. (Drive Roaming Metadata) technology
-- Supports drive roaming to any port on the controller
-- Allows array roaming in the event of controller failure
* Support hot swap of failed drives and hot spare
* Automatic/manual rebuild of hot spare drive
* Background initialization for instant drive availability
* Background rebuild, migration and synchronization
* Error and event logging
* Variable stripe block size support to meet various application requirements
* Optimal disk utilization with gigabyte rounding
* Support for SMART capable drives
* Synchronization can be scheduled periodically for RAID array data consistency

Advanced Performance Features
* Multiple caching policy support:
-- Write-back: Write-back cache for maximum write performance
-- Write-through: Write-through cache for data protection in the event of application freeze
-- Read ahead: Predictive read ahead caching based on application and data types
* Packet commands and interrupt coalescing minimize interrupts for better performance
* Elevator seek streamlines commands based on where data is located on the disk
* Load balancing (mirrored RAID array only)

Promise Array Management
* Creates, deletes, expands, and converts disk arrays remotely
* Array synchronization and rebuild scheduling
* Monitors drive, array, and enclosure status and provides online event logging
* E-mail notification of disk, array, controller or enclosure events (e.g. error or degrade conditions)

Operating Systems
* Windows: Windows 2000/XP/2003
* Linux: Red Hat 8.0/9.0 and SuSE Linux

FastBuild. BIOS
* Array configuration utility at the BIOS level
* BIOS Boot Specification support: boot system from any array
* Flash-upgradable BIOS for future upgrades

Limited Warranty
* 3 Years