ATTO Technology Announces Immediate OEM Availability of Industry’s Highest Performing SAS Host Adapters

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Last Updated: December 11, 2008 8:25 pm GMT
ExpressSAS Host Adapters to Power Data-Intensive IT and Digital Media Applications


Amherst, NY – ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, announces the immediate availability of the ExpressSAS H608 and ExpressSAS H680, the industry’s only 6Gb/s SAS host adapters. Leveraging PCI Express 2.0 and 6Gb/s SAS performance, the H608 and H680 deliver the fastest available connection to SAS/SATA storage (up to 8Gb/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 has significant experience as a pioneer in the storage market and today's announcement of the next-generation ExpressSAS family of 6Gb/s SAS host adapters demonstrates our commitment as a trusted industry leader," said Tim Klein, President and CEO of ATTO Technology. “We have taken the lead in delivering multi-vendor operating system support and interoperability while being the first in the market to deliver blazing-fast 6Gb/s SAS throughput -- the ideal solution for transactional database applications, email servers, large server farms and digital media production."

ATTO’s next-generation ExpressSAS H608 and H680 offer native x8 PCIe 2.0 to 6Gb/s SAS 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 1200MB/sec. maximum full-duplex throughput per lane. Available in a true low-profile form factor to fit all physical server environments, both the H608 and H680 support up to 256 end-point devices when used with SAS expanders.

Features of the ExpressSAS 6Gb/s SAS product line include:
* 1200 MB/sec throughput per SAS port in full-duplex mode
* Driver support for Windows®, Mac® OS X and Linux
* Backward compatibility with 3Gb SAS/SATA/SATA II devices
* Support target and initiator modes

ExpressSAS 6Gb/ s SAS host adapters feature ATTO’s exclusive Advanced Data Streaming (ADSTM) Technology, enabling users 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 SAS/SATA systems are faster, provide better bandwidth utilization, are easier to manage, and improve system robustness.

ATTO recently participated in the SCSI Trade Association 6Gb/s SAS Plugfest to test the ExpressSAS 6Gb/s SAS host adapters in environments with many other SAS components and new test equipment to prepare for industry leadership. Qualification efforts with other industry partners and OEMs are currently underway and will continue as new 6Gb/s SAS devices are introduced to the market. ATTO will expand upon the ExpressSAS 6Gb/s line of host adapters, by introducing a 16 port internal, a 16 port external and a 4 port internal/4 port external port host adapter that will ship to select OEMs and partners early in 2009.

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 storage controllers, 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. Contact ATTO Technology, Inc. world headquarters, at: 155 CrossPoint Parkway, Amherst, New York 14068; Phone: (716) 691-1999; Fax: (716) 691-9353; Website: attotech.com.

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