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HPE Dynamic Smart Array B140i Controller - Overview

Product description

HPE Dynamic Smart Array is a RAID solution combining a storage host bus adapter (HBA) and proprietary software components. Eliminating most of the hardware RAID controller components and relocating advanced RAID algorithms from a hardware-based controller into device driver software lowers the total solution cost, while still maintaining comparable RAID protection and full compatibility with Smart Array disk format, configuration utilities, and management/monitoring software.


Product features

Key features
  • System memory used as read cache

  • Smart Array RAID engine running in OS driver

  • RAID functionality requires driver to be downloaded from HP website for Linux and VMware

  • Support for migration of drives to P-Series controllers

  • RAID 0, 1, 1+0, and RAID 5 without the need of cache module

  • Windows, Linux and VMware support

  • Online drive flash support

  • HP Smart Storage Administrator (HP SSA)Systems Insight Manager, and Array Diagnostic Utility (ADU)

Up to 10 SATA drives
Given the increasing need for high performance and rapid capacity expansion, the HP Dynamic Smart Array Controllers offer:
  • Up to 6 Gb/s SATA drive support (600 MB/s bandwidth per physical link)

  • 2 x4 ports, 2 x1 ports, 6 Gb/s SATA physical links (compatible with 3 Gb/s SATA )

  • Up to 40TB of total internal storage with 10 x 4TB LFF SATA hard drives

  • Up to 10TB of total internal storage 10x 1.0TB SFF SATA hard drives

Provides increased server uptime by providing advanced storage functionality:
  • Online drive firmware upgrade

  • Pre-Failure Warranty

Fault tolerance
  • RAID 5 (Distributed Data Guarding)

  • RAID 1, 1+0, 10 (Drive Mirroring)

Fault recovery
  • DRAM ECC detects and corrects data bit errors

  • Flash Backed Write Cache upgrade provides indefinite data retention

Ease of use
  • GUI based configuration, management and diagnostic software tools

  • Common data format between generations of products

  • Data migration from B-series to P-series controllers

Server compatibility
For up to date compatibility, please see the following URL for complete Smart Array 1Controller compatibility and support information.
NOTE: 1: No SAS supported


Software overview

Operating systems supported
  • Microsoft Windows 2012 Server (64 bit)

  • Microsoft Windows 2008 Server R2 (64 & 32 bit)

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64 & 32 bit)

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (64 & 32 bit)

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x64 & x86) (64 & 32 bit)

  • VMware ESX 4.1 u2

  • VMware ESXi 4.1 u2

  • VMware ESXi 5.0, 5.0 u1, 5.0 u2, ESXi 5.1

NOTE: For more Linux OS support & certification information, please visit our the ProLiant & BladeSystem Server Linux matrix.

Click here to access the ProLiant and BladeSystem Server Linux matrix webpage .


Link to driver, firmware, software and manuals

Click here to access the updated driver, firmware, software and manuals .


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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