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  3ware Launches Second Generation Serial ATA RAID Controllers 
  Jul 15, 2003, 12:00pm EDT 
SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 15, 2003 – 3ware Inc., a leading provider of high-capacity, switched Serial ATA (SATA) RAID storage solutions, today announced the availability of its second generation SATA RAID controllers – the Escalade™ 8506 series, and sixth generation Parallel RAID controllers – the Escalade 7506 series. Building on 3ware’s successful, field-tested technology, StorSwitch™, the Escalade series now features 64-bit/66MHz PCI bus support for enterprise-ready system performance. Four, eight and twelve port configurations are now shipping to system builders, VARs and OEMs, providing up to three terabytes of reliable, affordable RAID storage per controller.

The Escalade series offers the critical features that 3ware customers depend on such as multiple RAID level support, device driver support, remote management utilities and the industry’s highest port configuration. In addition, it now offers 64-bit/66MHz PCI support, enabling faster data transfer rates for overall increased system performance for applications such as high-density server, NAS, video, nearline backup and archival.

The 7506 and 8506 series are based on 3ware’s unique non-blocking switched architecture called StorSwitchTM, which eliminates performance bottlenecks found in traditional bus-based architectures. It improves system performance by enabling the controller simultaneous access to all drives, delivering higher performance than other SATA RAID controllers. 3ware also offers its own easy-to-use web browser-based disk management utility, 3DM®, which allows remote management and monitoring of disks.

"3ware controllers have quickly been embraced by customers seeking high performance solutions for applications such as nearline backup, NAS, entertainment and supercomputing," said Barbara Murphy, vice president of marketing, at 3ware. "We are committed to raising the performance bar through continuous innovation of our patented switched RAID architecture, StorSwitchTM."

"InoStor designed the ValuNAS line of NAS appliances to meet the challenges of the most demanding environments," said David Licosati, vice president of NAS at InoStor, a Tandberg Data Company. "We researched the entire storage controller landscape and 3ware stood out as the only solution worthy of excelling the ‘ValuNAS’ brand. The 3ware Escalade SATA controllers combine value with the performance, capacity and dependability attributes typically associated with high-end enterprise systems."

Where to buy
3ware 8506 Series Serial ATA RAID controllers and 7506 Parallel ATA RAID controllers are now available worldwide through authorized 3ware distributors. All products ship in kit form with the required software, manuals and cables. Products are also available in bulk form for OEMs and integrators building large quantities of systems. Please contact 1-877-88-3ware (9273) for additional information or visit 3ware on the Web at

About 3ware, Inc.
Founded in 1997, 3ware, Inc., the technology leader in high-capacity ATA and Serial ATA (SATA) RAID storage solutions, delivers reliable, enterprise class RAID storage using low cost (S)ATA drives. 3ware's StorSwitch™ architecture applies network packet switching to storage controllers eliminating the bottleneck found in traditional storage architectures. 3ware solutions are designed to meet the explosive demand for cost-effective, scalable storage, driven by high-capacity enterprise applications. 3ware sells through VARs, OEMs and System Integrators. 3ware, Inc. is located in Sunnyvale, California with sales offices and distribution in the USA, Europe and Japan. 3ware is on the Web at


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