Advatronix Systems’ Servers Feature a Unified SAS/SATA Architecture

Before purchasing a computing server, storage server or NAS appliance, one must decide to opt for a SATA architecture or a SAS architecture. The choice of which storage architecture is selected will have a large impact on the potential flexibility of the device and its return on investment (ROI) over its lifetime, because the choice of storage architecture governs what kind of hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) the system can and cannot use.

First, some background information. What is SATA and what is SAS?

SATA, the acronym for Serial ATA, is a computer bus interface which connects host bus adapters to mass storage devices, like HDDs, SSDs and optical drives (ODDs). A computer system with Serial ATA architecture utilizes SATA HDDs, SSDs and ODDs. Since its inception in 2003, Serial ATA has become the most common architecture in desktop computers, making up 99% of the market share in 2008. SATA architecture is also used in storage devices and servers as it allows for inexpensive, high capacity, consumer type, HDDs and SSDs to be used, but it is beginning to show its age. Businesses and IT administrators are moving towards newer, higher-performing technologies.

SAS, also known as Serial Attached SCSI, is considered to be a superset of the SATA architecture. SAS devices can only operate with the SAS architecture, whereas SATA devices are fully compatible with SAS and SATA architectures. In general, SAS HDDs offer several performance advantages. The first advantage is speed. While SATA HDDs usually operate at 7,200 rounds per minute (RPM), SAS HDDs operate at 10,000 RPM or even 15,000R RPM. They provide greater write and read speed than their SATA counterparts, and boast lower latency for snappier performance. The second advantage is reliability. Almost all enterprise-grade HDDs and SSDs, intended to run stable at 100% duty 24/7, feature SAS architecture, so it’s a must for storage and server environments where speed, performance, and reliability reign supreme.

The best of both worlds!

The unified SAS/SATA architecture, inherent to the SAS architecture, offers Businesses and IT administrators the flexibility of using conjointly arrays of enterprise grade, speedy and highly-reliable SAS HDDs/SSDs along with arrays of consumer grade, low cost, high-capacity, bulk storage SATA HDDs/SSDs devices.

Advatronix® Systems is pleased to announce that all of their servers come standard with a unified SAS/SATA architecture, for the greatest performance, flexibility and ROI.

For more information about the Cirrus™ 1200 server by Advatronix® Systems, please visit http://www.advatronix.com/products/CU1200