For high drive count solutions, Intel offers a number of expander boards including the "mid-plane" form factor Intel RAID Expander RES3TV360. As the perfect complement for Intel's SAS-3 generation RAID cards and Intel's 2U chassis with 2.5" drive bays, the RES3TV360 offers ultimate flexibility for architecting storage solutions with >8 drives. Designed with low height components and a narrow width, the RES3TV360 can be easily mounted in both Intel and third party systems.
The RES3TV360, powered by high a performance SAS 3.0 capable expander, enables the connection of up to 28 inside-the-box SAS or Serial ATA (SATA) devices; plus it can be connected serially to additional expanders for further expansion. Each high-density port is capable of performing SAS and SATA transfers based on the speed of the host or target at either 12Gb/s or 6Gb/s. Furthermore, 6Gb/s signals are aggregated by the expander to allow for 12Gb/s communication with RAID add-in cards capable of this higher data rate. The RES3TV360 supports management functions such as discovery and enclosure management, and can be cascaded to accommodate as many drives as the associated SAS/RAID card allows.
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