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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
LSI Syncro Storage Solution Now Available For Small and Medium Businesses

LSI announced the channel and OEM availability of the Syncro CS solution - a cost-effective and easy to deploy storage solution for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) and remote and branch offices.

Operating on Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Syncro CS brings new benefits such as shared storage and storage controller failover into direct-attached storage (DAS) environments at a fraction of the cost and complexity of traditional high-availability solutions.

LSI Syncro CS is designed to reduce downtime for critical applications, making failover latency transparent to the application or user. Syncro CS brings the data protection, high performance, low cost and low complexity found in DAS solutions and adds the additional benefits of shared storage and high availability.

Built on LSI MegaRAID technology, Syncro CS solutions use two controller cards to allow system administrators to build a high-availability, shared DAS solution. Syncro CS supports two deployment models:

- Syncro CS 9286-8e: Provides shared storage clustering using two volume servers and an off-the-shelf JBOD. This affordable solution brings shared storage and controller failover to DAS environments.

-Syncro CS 9271-8i: Enables OEMs and system builders to use Syncro CS controllers to build cost-effective two-node Cluster-in-a-Box systems and deliver high availability in a single self-contained unit.

  Syncro CS 9271-8i (LSI00392) Syncro CS 9286-8e (LSI00356)
In The Box
  • Two (2) Syncro CS 9271-8i HA controllers with CacheVault (each includes CV power module, CV clip and remote cable).
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Two (2) LP Brackets
  • Installation and support CD
  • Two (2) Syncro CS 9286-8e HA controllers with CacheVault (each includes CV power module, CV clip and remote cable).
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Two (2) LP Brackets
  • Resource CD
Controller Physical Dimensions MD2 Low Profile (6.6” x 2.536”) MD2 Low Profile (6.6” x 2.5”)
Controller External Connectors Two Mini-SAS SFF8087 internal connectors Two Mini-SAS SFF8088 external connectors
Device Support
  • Up to 96 6G SAS and/or NL-SAS dual-ported HDDs and SSDs (w/SCSI-3 PR)
  • Up to 31 6G SAS enclosure/expander devices
  • Maximum of 120 dual-ported SAS devices in the HA storage domain. Please see on-line compatibility matrix on
Host Bus Type x8 lane PCI Express®3.0 compliant
Data Transfer Rates Up to 6Gb/s per port
I/O Processor/SAS Controller LSISAS2208 Dual-Core RAID on Chip (ROC)
Cache Memory 1 GB 1333MHz DDRIII SDRAM
Cache Protection MegaRAID CacheVault flash cache protection (included)
Key RAID Data Protection Features
  • RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 6
  • RAID spans 10, 50 and
  • Auto resume after loss of system power during array
  • Single controller Multipathing (failover)
  • Single controller Load
  • Configurable stripe size up to
  • Fast initialization for quick array
  • Check Consistency for background data integrity
  • Patrol read for media scanning and repairing
  • 64 virtual drive support per controller (64 total in HA domain)
  • Up to 64TB LUN support
  • DDF compliant Configuration on Disk (COD)
  • S.M.A.R.T support
  • Global and Dedicated Hot Spare Support
  • Automatic rebuild
  • Enclosure affinity
  • Enclosure management
  • SES (inband)
Key High Availability Features
  • Dual Active HA w/shared storage across 2 server nodes
  • Server Storage Cluster HA topology support
  • Write Back HA cache mirroring
  • Up to 64 virtual drives with Shared host access
  • Up to 64 virtual drives with Exclusive host access
  • Planned/Unplanned failover modes
SSD Optimization
  • MegaRAID CacheCade® Software uses SSDs in front of HDD volumes to create high-capacity, high-performance controller read cache pools
  • MegaRAID Fast Path Software designed to provide high-performance I/O acceleration for SSD arrays connected to 6Gb/s MegaRAID SAS controllers
  • Up to 32 SSDs (6G SAS) in a CacheCade Read SSD pool
  • Up to 64 CacheCade virtual drives (The total # of HDD VD + CacheCade VDs in the HA domain must not exceed 64)
  • Up to 512GB CacheCade Read volume capacity in the HA domain
Controller Operating Temperature Maximum ambient: Controller Card with included CacheVault module: 55°C
Controller Operating Voltage +3.3V, +12V
Controller MTBF (Calculated) 1,251,284 hours
Hardware Warranty 3 years, free technical support, advanced replacement option
Regulatory Certifications EN55022, EN55024, EN60950, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3; FCC Class A, Class B; UL1950; UL; CSA C22.2; VCCI; RRL for MIC; BSMI;C-tick; RoHS; WEEE
RAID & HA / Syncro Management MegaRAID Management Suite™: MegaRAID Storage Manager™, MegaCLI (command-line interface), WebBIOS, SMI-S
OS Support Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012 and Server 2008 R2

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