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HPE Smart Array P222 Controller - Overview

Product description

HPE Smart Array P222 Controller is a low profile, 6 Gb/s, PCIe 3.0, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) RAID controller that provides entry-level, second generation storage performance, scalability, and data protection for select HPE ProLiant Gen8 rack servers and tower servers

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What's new

HPE Smart Array Advanced Pack 2.0 features are now part of the base features for the HPE Smart Array P222 Controller at no additional cost

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Product features

Feature
Description
Key features
  • Seamless upgrades from past generations to next generation HPE high performance and high capacity serial attached SCSI Smart Array controllers

  • The SA-P222 Controller supports the HPE D2600 Disk Enclosure and HPE D2700 Disk Enclosure

  • 6 Gb/s SAS technology delivers high performance and data bandwidth and contains full compatibility with 3Gb/s SATA technology

  • x8 PCIe 3.0 host interface technology delivers high performance and data bandwidth up to 7.45 Gb/s maximum bandwidth

  • Addition of the flash backed cache upgrade enables array expansion, logical drive extension, RAID migration, and stripe size migration

  • Standard on the P222 are RAID 6 ADG, RAID 60 ADG, RAID 1 ADM, Capacity Expansion, mirror split, recombine, and rollback in Online Mode, Drive Erase, Performance Optimization-Degraded Reads and Read Coalescing, Move/Delete any individual LUNS and online split mirror

  • The HPE SSD Smart Path feature included in the Smart Array software stack improves SSD read for all RAID levels and RAID 0 write operations by optimizing the path to each SSD attached to the controller

  • Mix-and-match SAS and SATA hard drives, lets user deploy drive technology as needed to fit users computing environment

  • Support for > 2TB in a single logical drive

  • Support for HPE SAS tape and tape automation products

  • Software consistency on most current shipping Smart Array products: HPE Smart Storage Administrator (HPE SSA), HPE Systems Insight Manager, and Intelligent Provisioning

  • The SA-P222 controller supports up to 54 drives

  • Low-profile PCI express form factor - ships with a full size bracket for deployment in either a low-profile or full sized slot

Smart Array advantage
  • Data compatibility

  • Consistent configuration and management tools

  • SmartDrive carrier

  • Pre-Failure warranty

Performance
HPE's High Performance architecture sets new boundaries of industry performance expectations
  • 6 Gb/s SAS

  • x8 6 Gb/s SAS physical links (Compatible with 3G SATA)

  • 512 MB DDR3-800 MHz 40 bit Flash-Backed Write Cache (FBWC) provides up to 4.2 GB/s maximum bandwidth

  • x8 8.5G PCI express host interface provides 4 GB/s maximum bandwidth

  • MIPS 32-bit processor

  • Read ahead caching

  • FBWC

Ports
Eight (8) SAS physical links distributed across 1 internal x4/1 external x4 wide port connectors
Online management
  • Online capacity expansion (With FBWC)

  • Advanced capacity expansion (With FBWC)

  • Online RAID level migration (With FBWC)

  • Online stripe size migration (With FBWC)

  • Online mirror split, recombine, and rollback

  • Unlimited global online spares assignment

  • User selectable expand and rebuild priority

  • User selectable RAID level and stripe size

  • User selectable read and write cache sizes

  • Supports predictive spare activation

Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
  • NCQ is a technology designed to increase performance of SATA hard diskdrives by allowing the individual hard disk to internally optimize the order in which received read and write commands are executed

  • This can reduce the amount of unnecessary going back-and-forth on the drive's heads, resulting in increased performance for workloads where multiple simultaneous read/write requests are outstanding, most often occurring in server or storage-type applications

  • Without NCQ the drive has to process and complete one command at a time. For NCQ to be enabled, it must be supported and turned on in the controller and in the hard drive itself

Capacity
Given the increasing need for high performance and rapid capacity expansion, the SA-P222 offers:
  • Up to 12TB of internal storage with 4x internal 3TB 3.5 in SAS/SATA LFF hard drives and up to 144TB of external storage with 4x HP D2600 Disk Enclosures and 48 x 3TB 3.5 in SAS/SATA LFF hard drives

  • Up to 3.6TB of total storage per controller with 4x internal 900GB SFF SAS hard drives and 90TB of external storage with 4x HPE D2700 Disk Enclosures and 100 x 900GB SFF SAS hard drives

  • Up to 4TB of total storage per controller with 4x internal 1TB SFF SATA hard drives and 100TB of external storage with 4x HPE D2700 Disk Enclosures and 100 x 1TB SFF SATA hard drives

Availability
Provides increased server uptime by providing advanced storage functionality:
  • Online capacity expansion (With FBWC)

  • Online advanced capacity expansion (With Smart Array advanced pack 2.0 upgrade)

  • Online RAID level migration (With FBWC)

  • Online stripe size migration (With FBWC)

  • 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:
  • Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) first developed at HPE detects possible hard disk failure before it occurs, allowing replacement of the component before failure occurs

  • Drive parameter tracking monitors drive operational parameters, predicting failure and notifying the administrator

  • Dynamic sector repairing continually performs background surface scans on the hard diskdrives during inactive periods and automatically re-maps bad sectors, ensuring data integrity

  • Smart Array cache tracking monitors integrity of controller cache, allowing pre-failure preventative maintenance

Fault tolerance
  • RAID 6

  • RAID 60

  • RAID 5

  • RAID 50

  • RAID 1 and 10

  • RAID 1 ADM and 10 ADM

Fault recovery
Minimizes downtime, reconstructs data, and facilitates a quick recovery from drive failure
  • On-Line Spares: There is no limit to the number of spare drives that can be installed prior to drive failure. If a failure occurs, recovery begins with an On-Line Spare and data is reconstructed automatically

  • DRAM ECC corrects against single bit data and address corruption

  • FBWC upgrade provides indefinite data retention

Ease of use
Consistency and upgradeability on most current shipping Smart Array products make them unique in the industry:
  • GUI based configuration, management and diagnostic software tools with the HPE SmartStorage Administrator

  • Common data format between generations of products

  • Data migration between servers and external modular Smart Array enclosures and HPE Disk Enclosures

SSD SmartPath
The HPE SSD Smart Path feature included in the Smart Array software stack improves Solid State Disk(SSD) read performance. The Smart Array driver chooses the optimum path to access each SSD. With up to 4x better SSD read performance, HPE SSD Smart path chooses the optimum path to the SSD and accelerates reads for all RAID levels and RAID 0 writes
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012

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Software overview

Feature
Description
Software suite
  • Systems Insight Manager

  • HP Array Configuration Utility (ACU)

  • HP Option ROM Configuration for Arrays (ORCA)

  • HP Array Diagnostic Utility (ADU)

Operating systems and virtualization software support
  • Microsoft Windows Server

  • Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)

  • VMware

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Link to driver, firmware, software and manuals

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Link to QuickSpecs

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Legal Disclaimer: Products sold prior to the November 1, 2015 separation of Hewlett-Packard Company into Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and HP Inc. may have older product names and model numbers that differ from current models.

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