3ware. Driving Switched RAID Solutions.
3ware, Inc. is the technology leader in switched storage solutions delivering reliable, scalable, high-performance storage connectivity and management. Since its founding in 1997, the privately held company has been focused on developing and refining their packet switching storage architecture to develop a class of ATA RAID controllers that satisfy the growing need for reliable, affordable storage.
As the first company to deliver a server class RAID controller for ATA drives. 3ware's advanced switching technology enables RAID solutions using cost-effective ATA drives to deliver the performance and reliability customers have come to expect from SCSI and Fibre Channel solutions, at a much lower cost.
The Escalade family of ATA RAID controllers was introduced in 2000 and quickly became the new standard for ATA RAID. Now in its 4th generation, Escalade controllers continue to set the benchmark for reliability, performance and scalability.
Switched, dedicated ports - StorSwitch Architecture
3ware’s StorSwitch architecture applies network packet switching principles to storage. It replaces the shared bus architecture found in SCSI and Fibre Channel systems with a non-blocking switch fabric. This switch fabric reduces the requirement for expensive on-board cache, eliminates shared bus arbitration and dramatically reduces host CPU loading. The result is improved I/O throughput, complete fault isolation, and a scalable hardware platform that delivers the full performance of each drive. 3ware currently offers products with two to twelve switch ports supporting up to twelve ATA disk drives.
Advanced Firmware for Optimum RAID Reliability and Performance
3ware has developed an advanced RAID firmware optimized to take full advantage of the StorSwitch switch fabric.
This advanced firmware delivers server class features one expects with more expensive SCSI and Fibre Channel products, but that no one else provides in ATA; such as command read-back, command reordering, elevator seeks, dynamic sector repair, background scrubbing, asynchronous error messaging, and more.
3ware's advanced firmware runs on an onboard CPU to control I/O transactions, parse all RAID commands and handle drive errors; minimizing host processing and PCI traffic, thereby freeing the host CPU and system bus for other tasks.
3ware's advanced firmware makes possible a more elegant, simplified solution. Combined with our proprietary ASIC designs, it makes for controllers delivering record-making performance, with no compromise in reliability.
To complete the solution, 3ware’s 3DM disk management utility allows local and remote management and monitoring of arrays and their disks. 3ware products are managed over the network with a standard network browser. No additional software or plug-ins are required. 3ware’s storage solutions also provide email notification of disk array events and error conditions
To date, 3ware has shipped more than 160,000 Escalade switch ports. Hundreds of customers are operating thousands of systems using Escalade ATA RAID cards.
Time and time again, benchmark tests conducted by independent, third- party organizations have underscored the reliability and standard-setting performance of 3ware's Escalade RAID controllers. 3ware’s latest generation of RAID 5 Fusion technology delivers over 65 Mbytes per second sustained write performance, beating SCSI and Fibre Channel solutions and 500% better than any ATA-based products.
All 3ware products are fully certified by both Microsoft® and Linux Care for their respective operating systems and are backed by a 3-year warranty.
Escalade – A Family of ATA RAID cards to meet your needs
The Escalade 7000 series of ATA RAID cards are designed to provide customers with a choice of options that best meets their system requirements.
All Escalade 7000 RAID cards are PCI Short Form Factor compliant so that they can be easily embedded into rack mount servers. Escalade cards support JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 10 (0+1) and 5; and come complete with 3DM, 3ware’s Disk Management utility, and a suite of drivers for Windows® and Linux operating systems. The Linux drivers are open source for your convenience in adapting Escalade to your specific needs and applications.
For optimal RAID 1 and 10 performance, the Escalade 7410 and 7810 cards are the best choice for workgroup servers requiring high performance and mirrored data protection. The 7410/7810 ATA cards utilize advanced firmware to deliver outstanding performance on read operations – ideal for streaming audio and video applications.
The Escalade 7450 and 7850 ATA controllers deliver industry leading RAID 5 performance. 3ware’s R5 Fusion takes advantage of the StorSwitch architecture to write a complete RAID 5 stripe every time, accelerating up to 500 times the performance of competing ATA and SCSI RAID cards. With Escalade 7450 and 7850 cards, customers get RAID 5 fault tolerance without sacrificing the performance normally associated with RAID 5 parity calculations.
For those customers wanting maximum drive density, the Escalade 7810 and 7850 are the first and only 8-port ATA RAID cards on the market. Using up to four 78xx series cards, a single system can be built with 32 160GByte drives to provide a system as large as 5 terabytes.
For both traditional RAID applications and new, high-density storage environments, the market demands a better solution. The Escalade 7000 series delivers. By enabling reliable, cost-effective, high performance storage that is easy to integrate and manage, Escalade ATA RAID controllers set a new benchmark in storage.
3ware – the leader in switched storage
Driven by the growing demand for more reliable, affordable storage solutions, 3ware pioneered a switched RAID architecture based on low-cost ATA disk drives. With the convergence of storage and networking, this switched architecture will set the standard for future storage platforms.