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ATTO Technology Ships Industry’s First 6-Gb SAS/SATA Host Adapter

November 16
16:20 2008

Host NewsAmherst, NY – ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, announces shipment of the ExpressSAS H608 and ExpressSAS H680, the industry’s only 6-Gigabit SAS/SATA host adapters, to select OEMs and partners. Leveraging PCI Express 2.0 and 6-Gb SAS speeds, the H608 and H680 deliver the fastest available connection to SAS/SATA storage (up to 8-GB/sec. full-duplex), powering data-intensive IT and digital media applications such as email compliance, tape backup, data warehousing, high-definition video post-production and digital film production.

ATTO’s next-generation ExpressSAS H608 and H680 offer native x8 PCIe 2.0 to 6-Gb SAS/SAS2.0/SATA/SATA II connectivity ensuring compatibility with the latest in SAS and SATA technology. The ExpressSAS H608 offers 8 internal lanes of connectivity and the H680 offers 8 external lanes of connectivity, each providing up to 1200 MB/sec. maximum full-duplex throughput per lane. Available in a true low-profile form factor to fit all physical server environments, ExpressSAS 6-Gb host adapters feature full driver support for Windows®, Linux and Mac® environments, and are backwards compatible with 3-Gb SAS and SATA devices. Combining proprietary technologies, management software and superior technical support, ATTO provides the best performance and reliability in the industry.

ExpressSAS 6-Gb host adapters feature ATTO’s exclusive Advanced Data Streaming (ADSTM) Technology, enabling user to achieve the ultimate in I/O performance by controlling the acceleration of large and small blocks of data. This distinctive intelligence helps ensure that 6-Gb SAS/SATA systems are faster, provide better bandwidth utilization, are easier to manage, and improve system robustness.

ATTO’s 6-Gb ExpressSAS products leverage the experience ATTO has gained over 20 years of working closely with OEMs, and utilizes PMC-Sierra’s new PM8001 Tachyon® SPC 8x6G 8-port SAS/SATA controller to meet the most demanding performance requirements of data-intensive IT applications including transactional databases, e-mail servers and large server farms.

“PMC-Sierra continues to deliver industry-leading enterprise storage controllers and complete end-to-end SAS/SATA chipset solutions,” said Kevin Burbank, director of product marketing for PMC-Sierra’s Enterprise Storage Division. “The PM8001 Tachyon SPC 6Gb/s SAS controller enables our customers to deliver superior performance and differentiate their solutions with advanced SAS-2 features. We are pleased that PMC-Sierra’s 6Gb/s SAS solutions have helped ATTO get to market quickly with its high-performance family of 6Gb/s SAS/SATA host adapters.”

“ATTO has reached a major milestone in delivering next-generation products to the market by shipping 6-Gb ExpressSAS products to select OEMs and partners,” commented Tim Klein, president of ATTO Technology. “By utilizing the latest 6-Gb SAS/SATA technology on our next-generation ExpressSAS products, ATTO remains in a position to provide our customers with the highest-performing host adapters. Additionally, by working closely with our OEMs and partners, ATTO is able to ensure a solid foundation of interoperability and optimum application performance upon general availability of the 6-Gb ExpressSAS host adapters.”

About ATTO Technology, Inc.
ATTO Technology, Inc. is a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments. ATTO provides a wide range of end-to-end solutions to help customers’ better store, manage and deliver their data. With a focus toward markets that require higher performance, ATTO manufactures host adapters, RAID adapters, bridges, RAID, and virtual tape appliances, and management software. ATTO solutions are based on providing a high level of connectivity to all storage interfaces including SCSI, SATA, Internet SCSI (iSCSI), Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and Fibre Channel. ATTO distributes its products worldwide directly to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), systems integrators, VARs and authorized distributors. For more information visit www.attotech.com.

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