Promise Technology SuperTrak EX8768 Hardware RAID Controller Card

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Promise Technology SuperTrak EX8768 Hardware RAID Controller Card
Key Features
  • Controls up to 8 External Hard Drives
  • Up to 6 Gbps Data Transfer Rate
  • SAS / SATA / PCI Express 2.0 Interface
  • PMC Sierra 8011 I/O Processor
The Promise Technology SuperTrak EX8768 Hardware RAID Controller Card manages an array of up to 8 external hard drives. Featuring enhanced performance in editing, manipulating, rendering, and storing of digital content, the controller is suitable for use by audio, photo and video professionals. It comes with a built-in PMC Sierra 8011 I/O processor, 512 MB DDR2 (Double Data Rate 2) memory, and features 6 Gbps SAS / SATA and 8x PCIe Express 2.0 host bus interfaces.
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Promise Technology SuperTrak EX8768 Hardware RAID Controller Card

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Promise Technology EX8768 Overview

The Promise Technology SuperTrak EX8768 Hardware RAID Controller Card manages an array of up to 8 external hard drives. Featuring enhanced performance in editing, manipulating, rendering, and storing of digital content, the controller is suitable for use by audio, photo and video professionals. It comes with a built-in PMC Sierra 8011 I/O processor, 512 MB DDR2 (Double Data Rate 2) memory, and features 6 Gbps SAS / SATA and 8x PCIe Express 2.0 host bus interfaces.

PerfectRAID technology facilitates error handling, error recovery and media patrol. Media Patrol detects hard drive failure and copies all the data to a spare disk, thereby averting potential data loss. Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration allow you easily increase hard drive capacity.

The Hardware RAID controller supports RAID 0, 1, 1E, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60. In addition, it supports automatic or manual array rebuild, array expansion, array migration, bad sector remapping, dedicated hot spares, hot plug, hot swap, and online firmware updates (update from OS). SPGIO (Serial General Purpose Input / Output) helps provide backplane management. SES II (SCSI Enclosure Services) manages external devices such as the promise J-Class JBOD subsystem.

In the event of a power failure, the Force Unit Access (FUA) quickly copies all the data to the hard drive to minimize data loss. The optional Battery Backup Unit (BBU) preserves data in the hardware RAID controller cache for 72 hours on a full charge.

The WebPAM Pro web management tool allows you to disable the cache in the hard drive, setup email notification for critical or non-critical events, and monitor hard drive and battery charge status. You can use the EX8768 RAID controller in conjunction with file servers, exchange servers, transactional databases, and web servers. It offers Linux open source driver support and multiple logical drive support, and also works with the latest SSDs.

The hardware RAID controller provides you the flexibility to work with Windows 2003 / 2008 / 7 along with Fedora Core Linux, Free BSD, Miracle Linux, Redhat, SuSE Linux and VMware.

Controls array of 8 external hard drives for enhanced performance, scalability, reliability, and throughput
In-Built PMC Sierra 8011 I/O processor with 512 MB DDR2 (Double Data Rate 2) memory
6 Gbps SAS / SATA and an 8x PCIe Express 2.0 host bus interfaces
Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 1E, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60
Facilitates automatic or manual array rebuild, array expansion, array migration, bad sector remapping, dedicated hot spares, hot plug, hot swap, and online firmware updates (update from OS)
Backplane management via SPGIO (Serial General Purpose Input / Output)
SES (Serial Attached SCSI) II manages external devices such as the promise J-Class JBOD subsystem
PerfectRAID technology facilitates error handling, error recovery, and media patrol
Media patrol detects hard drive failure and creates backup of all the data in a spare disk, thereby averting potential data loss
Hard drive capacity can be increased via online capacity expansion and RAID level migration
Force Unit Access (FUA) quickly copies all the data to the hard drive to minimize data loss in case of power failure
WebPAM Pro web management tool allows you to disable cache in the hard drive, setup email notification for critical or non-critical events, and monitor the hard drive and battery charge status
Supports file server, exchange server, transactional databases and web servers
Multiple logical drive support
Works with the latest SSDs
Supports Windows 2003, Windows 2008 and Windows 7 along with Fedora Core Linux, Free BSD, Miracle Linux, Redhat, SuSE Linux, and VMware
Enhanced performance in editing, manipulating, rendering, and storing of digital content
Suitable for use by audio, photo and video professionals
Windows and VMware 3.5/4.0 certified
UPC: 704118055210

Promise Technology EX8768 Specs

Controller Configurations8 External SAS/SATA ports at 3 Gbps / 6 Gbps — Two SAS SFF-8088 connector
600 MHz PMC Sierra 8011 I/O processor
Onboard 512 MB ECC DDR II memory
Hardware & Software FeaturesPCI-Express 2.0 x8 host bus interface
Hardware XOR engine to offload parity calculation
Hardware RAID 6 accelerator
Low-profile MD2 form factor
Optional on-board battery backup unit for data retention up to 72 hours
Forced Unit Access
Support Variable Sector enabling compatibility for 2TB+ volumes with Legacy OS such as Windows Server 2003
Support 32 logical drives per array and 256 arrays per controller
Raid LevelsRAID 0
RAID 1
RAID 1E
RAID 5
RAID 6
RAID 10
RAID 50
RAID 60
RAID Fault Tolerance & RobustnessMultiple logical drive support
Read check table
PerfectRAID technology
Support hot swap and hot spares
Automatic/manual rebuild
Background initialization
Supports bad sector remapping
Variable stripe block size
Periodic synchronization
Extensive SMART monitoring and status reporting
PDM (Predictive Data Migration)
Web-based Promise Array ManagerRemote disk array creation / deletion / conversion / expansion
Media patrol
Schedule redundance check
Monitor - Drive / array / enclosure status
Email notification - Drive / array / controller
CIM / WBEM remote management
Interface displays - 10 languages
CLI support
LIVE firmware update
Operating System SupportMicrosoft Windows Vista, XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7
Red Hat Linux, SuSE Linux, Miracle Linux, Fedora Core, Linux open source driver (32/64-bit)
FreeBSD, VMware 3.5/4.0
PlatformX86 and X64 for identification
SuperBuild BIOSArray configuration utility at the BIOS level
BIOS Boot specification support: boot system from any array
Flash-upgradeable BIOS for future upgrades
Enclosure MangementSES-2, SGPIO, I²C
Operating Temperature(32 to 122° F / 0 to 50° C) (40°C w/ BBU)
Relative humidity: 5-95% non-condensing
CertificationsUL, FCC, CE, FCC Class B, BSMI, VCCI, KCC, C-tick
Dimensions6.6 x 2.7" (16.7 x 6.8 cm)
Package QuantityN/A
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.8 x 7 x 2.2"
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