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HPE Smart Array 5i Controller - Overview

Product description

Smart Array 5i Controller
The new Smart Array 5i Controller is an intelligent array controller for entry-level, hardware-based fault tolerance for protection of OS, applications, and logs.


Product features

Option part number
  • 226593-B21

  • 226593-291 (Japan)

Spare part number
  • 228510-001- Smart Array 5i Controller.

  • 230988-001 - Data Cable Kit.

  • 233609-001 - 32MB Ultra3 Board.

  • 260740-001 - 4.8 V NiMH battery pack board - 360 mAh, Battery Backed Write Cache (BBWC)

Note: Data Cable Kit - Includes IDE hard drive/CD-ROM drive data cable, floppy drive cable, PCI hot plug backplane cable, point-to-point SCSI cable, 3-device SCSI cable, and auxiliary VHDCI SCSI cable.
Key poducts features
Increased performance over the Integrated Smart Array Controller
  • More robust and easier to use than software-based RAID

  • Available standard on the ProLiant DL380 Generation 2 (G2) server. Also available as an optional upgrade for the ProLiant ML370 Generation 2 (G2) server.

  • Embedded hardware RAID controller

  • Wide Ultra3 SCSI

  • Compatibility with all Ultra2 and Ultra3 LVD family products. In addition, a seamless upgrade to next generation Compaq entry level or high performance mainstream Ultra3 Smart Array controllers.

  • 32-bit architecture

  • Dual SCSI channels (One internal and one external)

  • Recovery ROM protects against a ROM image corruption

The Smart Array advantage [ 1 ]
Compaq's innovative design and integration work of the Smart Array family of products creates customer value that is unmatched in the industry. Use of Smart Array products across multiple applications results in a much lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) than any other server storage RAID products. The Compaq Smart Array family brings an unparalleled return on investment through:
  • Data Compatibility - among all models of Smart Array controllers allows simple and easy upgrades any time needs for higher performance, capacity, and availability increase. Even successive generations of Smart Array controllers understand the data format of other Smart Array Controllers.

  • Consistent Configuration and Management Tools - across the entire family of Smart Array controllers minimizes Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by reducing training requirements and technical expertise necessary to install and maintain the Compaq server storage.

  • Universal Hard Drive - form factor is for use across multiple Compaq servers, disk enclosures and storage systems. With compatibility across many enterprise platforms, you are free to deploy and re-deploy these drives to quickly deliver increased storage capacity, migrate data between systems, and easily manage spare drives.

  • Pre-Failure Warranty - means Compaq Insight Manager not only reports when a drive is going to fail but allows replacement of failing drives prior to actual failure. For complete details, consult the Compaq Support Center or refer to your Compaq Server documentation.

Provides increased server uptime by providing advanced storage functionality:
  • Online RAID Level Migration (Between any RAID level)

  • Online Capacity Expansion

  • Logical Drive Capacity Extension

  • Global Online Spare

  • Pre-Failure Warranty

Fault Prevention
The following features offer detection of possible failures before they occur, allowing preventive action to be taken:
  • S.M.A.R.T: Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology first developed at Compaq detects possible hard disk failure before it occurs, allowing replacement of the component before failure occurs.

  • Drive Parameter Tracking monitor’s drive operational parameters, predicting failure and notifying the administrator.

  • Dynamic Sector Repairing continually performs background surface scans on the hard disk drives during inactive periods and automatically re-maps bad sectors, ensuring data integrity.

  • Environment Tracking for External Storage System monitors

Fault Tolerance
Keeps data available and server running while a failed drive is being replaced; several fault tolerance configurations are supported including:
  • Distributed Data Guarding (RAID 5): This allocates parity data across multiple drives and allows simultaneous write operations. It is recommended for up to 14 hard drives.

  • Drive Mirroring (RAID 1, 1+0): This allocates half of the drive array to data and the other half to mirrored data, providing two copies of every file. It is a high-performance RAID.

Fault Recovery [ 2 ]
Minimizes downtime, reconstructs data, and facilitates a quick recovery from drive failure
  • Recovery ROM: This new feature provides a unique redundancy feature that protects from a ROM image corruption. A new version of firmware can be flashed to the ROM while the controller maintains the last known working version of firmware. If the firmware becomes corrupt, the controller will revert back to the previous version of firmware and continue operating. This reduces the risk of flashing firmware to the controller.

  • On-Line Spares: Up to two spare drives can be installed prior to drive failure. If a failure occurs, recovery begins with an On-Line Spare and data is reconstructed automatically.

Ease of Use
Consistency and Upgradability make the Smart Array family unique in the industry:
  • GUI based configuration, management and diagnostic software tools

  • Common data format between generations of products

  • Data migration between servers and external storage enclosures

OS Support [ 3 ]
  • NT 4.0 Server

  • NT 4.0 Enterprise Edition

  • NT 4.0 Terminal Server

  • Windows 2000

  • Windows 2000 Advanced Server

  • NetWare 4.11 (with SupportPack 9 is supported)

  • NetWare 4.2[ 4 ]

  • NetWare 5.x

  • Linux Redhat 7.0, 7.1

  • Caldera OpenLinux 2.3.1 and 3.1

  • UnixWare 7.x

  • OpenServer 5.x [ 5 ]

  • Solaris [ 6 ]

  • OS/2 [ 5 ]

Software Suite
All Smart Array products share a common set of configuration, management and diagnostic tools, including Array Configuration Utility (ACU), Array Diagnostic Utility (ADU), and Compaq Insight Manager XE. This software consistency of tools reduces the cost of training for each successive generation of product and takes much of the guesswork out of troubleshooting field problems. These tools lower the total cost of ownership by reducing training and technical expertise necessary to install and maintain the Compaq server storage.
  • Compaq Insight Manager XE [ 7 ]

    • Powerful server and server options/storage manager tool

    • Monitors over 1200 server parameters

Configuration/Diagnostic Utilities
  • Compaq Array Configuration Utility XE (ACU-XE) [ 6 ]

    • Powerful Web based configuration utility for all Smart Array controllers

    • Provides a graphical view of Compaq drive array configurations

    • Allows for management of multiple arrays over a secure internet connection from anywhere in the world

    • Easy to use Wizards for configuration

    • Runs online on NT v4.0, Windows 2000 and NetWare

  • Compaq Array Configuration Utility (ACU) [ 7 ]

    • Powerful configuration utility for all Smart Array controllers

    • Provides a graphical view of Compaq drive array configurations

    • Easy to use Wizards for configuration

    • Runs online on NT v4.0, Windows 2000 and NetWare

  • Options ROM Configuration for Arrays (ORCA)

    • Rapid configuration during initial install of the OS

  • Compaq Array Diagnostic Utility (ADU)

    • Powerful diagnostic utility for all Smart Array controllers

Note 1: Cannot upgrade from the Integrated Smart Array Controller to the Smart Array 5i Controller because the Integrated Smart Array Controller is embedded on the system board and cannot be removed. However, any hard drives on the Integrated Smart Array Controller can be moved to another server that has the Smart Array 5i Controller and that data would be seamlessly recognized.
Note 2: On-Line Spares can only be used with RAID level 1, 1+0, and 5.
Certain restrictions and exclusions apply. Consult the Compaq Customer Support Center at 1-800-345-1518 for details.
Note 4: NetWare 4.11 with SupportPack 9 is supported.
Note 5: Future support planned for ProLiant ML370 G2 servers.
Note 6: Future support planned.
Note 7: SmartStart 5.1 - Includes Array Configuration Utility XE (ACU-XE), Array Configuration Utility (ACU) and Compaq Insight Manager XE (CIM-XE).


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