LSI has decided that saturating SATA 6Gbps is no longer a challenge and have moved on to 12Gbps, providing over 1 million IOPS for those in need of extreme storage speeds. They provide this with a PCIe card using their SAS 3008 or 3004 controller with three of the four models providing 8 ports and one providing 4 ports with the "e" models providing external connectivity and the "i" models internal connectivity. The drives on this adapter will be bootable as well as being incredibly fast even with multiple drives strung together. There is no price at the Register but you can bet they will not be cheap.
"LSI has begun shipping its first 12Gbps SAS adapters for storage arrays, servers and workstations, doubling the prevailing 6Gbps SAS data rate.
LSI's SAS 9300 HBA (Host Bus Adapter) runs at 12Gbit/sec, delivers over 1 million IOPS through a PCIe 3.0 connection to hosts, and comes in four versions."
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