HPE 804329-001 Controller SAS-SATA  Smart Array
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804329-001 HPE Smart Array E208I-A 12GB/S SAS 6GB/S SATA PCI Bulk

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804329-001 HPE Smart Array E208I-A 12GB/S SAS 6GB/S SATA PCI Express 3.0 X8 Link Modular Controller For GEN10. New Bulk Pack
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Installation and Configuration

The 804329-001 HPE Smart Array E208i-a 12GB/s SAS 6GB/s SATA PCI Express 3.0 x8 Link Modular Controller is easy to install and configure, here are the steps to follow:

  • Prepare your server: Make sure your server is turned off and unplugged. Verify that the controller is compatible with your server and that your server has a spare PCI Express slot.
  • Install the controller: Insert the controller into the PCI Express slot and secure it with the screws provided. Connect any cables that are required, such as SAS cables to your drives.
  • Power on the server: Power on the server and boot into the operating system.
  • Install the driver: Download and install the latest driver for the HPE Smart Array E208i-a controller from the HPE website. This will ensure that the controller is recognized by the operating system.
  • Configure the controller: Use the HPE Smart Storage Administrator (SSA) utility to configure the controller. The SSA utility provides a graphical user interface for tasks such as creating and managing arrays, configuring RAID levels, and monitoring the controller's performance.
  • Create a logical drive: Use the SSA utility to create a logical drive. You will need to specify the size of the drive, the RAID level, and the physical drives to be used.
  • Initialize the logical drive: Initialize the logical drive using the SSA utility. This will format the logical drive and make it ready for use.
  • Verify the installation: Verify that the controller and logical drive are working correctly by checking the SSA utility for any error messages or warnings.
  • Install the operating system: Install the operating system on the logical drive. You can use a standard installation process, and the operating system should automatically detect and configure the controller.

By following these steps, you should be able to install and configure the HPE Smart Array E208i-a 12GB/s SAS 6GB/s SATA PCI Express 3.0 x8 Link Modular Controller without any issues. If you encounter any problems during the installation, refer to the HPE documentation or contact HPE support for assistance.

Performance and Scalability

The 804329-001 HPE Smart Array E208i-a 12GB/s SAS 6GB/s SATA PCI Express 3.0 x8 Link Modular Controller is designed to provide high performance and scalability for HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers. Here is some information on its performance and scalability:

  • Performance: The HPE Smart Array E208i-a provides fast data transfer rates of up to 12 GB/s for SAS and 6 GB/s for SATA drives, delivering fast, reliable access to data. With support for advanced RAID levels and advanced cache algorithms, the controller provides excellent performance for a wide range of applications.
  • Scalability: The HPE Smart Array E208i-a supports up to 24 physical drives and provides the ability to expand storage capacity as needed. This allows you to start with a small amount of storage and expand as your needs grow, providing a flexible and scalable solution.
  • Advanced Features: The HPE Smart Array E208i-a provides advanced features such as HPE SmartCache, HPE SmartRAID, and HPE SmartArray Advanced Pack (SAAP) to enhance performance and provide additional functionality. These features allow you to configure the controller to meet the needs of your specific application, ensuring optimal performance.
  • Operating System Support: The HPE Smart Array E208i-a supports multiple operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux, VMware ESX/ESXi, allowing you to use the controller in a wide range of environments.
  • Management Software: The HPE Smart Array E208i-a is managed using HPE Smart Storage Administrator (SSA) and HPE Array Configuration Utility (ACU), which provide a graphical user interface for configuring and managing the controller.

The HPE Smart Array E208i-a is an excellent choice for applications that require high performance, reliability, and scalability. With support for advanced features and flexible scalability options, the controller provides an ideal solution for a wide range of storage needs.

Management Software

The HPE Smart Array E208I-A controller is a part of the HPE ProLiant Gen10 server series, and it is typically managed using the HPE Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) management interface. iLO is a web-based management platform that provides access to server components and allows administrators to perform various tasks, such as monitoring server health, managing firmware and driver updates, and configuring arrays and logical drives.

In addition to iLO, the HPE Smart Array E208I-A controller can also be managed using the HPE Smart Storage Administrator (HPE SSA) tool. HPE SSA is a graphical user interface that provides a simple and intuitive way to manage HPE Smart Array controllers and their associated storage.

It is recommended to use the latest version of HPE SSA or iLO to ensure compatibility with the HPE Smart Array E208I-A controller and the ProLiant Gen10 server.

General Information

  • Manufacturer : HPE
  • MPN : 804329-001
  • Type : Controller
  • Sub-Type : SAS-SATA

Technical Specifications

Here are the technical specifications for the 804329-001 HPE Smart Array E208i-a 12GB/s SAS 6GB/s SATA PCI Express 3.0 x8 Link Modular Controller:

  • Form Factor: Half Height, Half Length (HHHL)
  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x8
  • Data Transfer Rate: 12 GB/s SAS, 6 GB/s SATA
  • Number of Ports: 2 internal SAS ports
  • Storage Connectivity: SAS and SATA
  • RAID Level Support: 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6, 60
  • Cache Memory: 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Maximum Physical Drives Supported: Up to 24 (dependent on server configuration)
  • Operating System Support: Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux, VMware ESX/ESXi
  • Management Software: HPE Smart Storage Administrator (SSA), HPE Array Configuration Utility (ACU), HPE Systems Management Homepage

The HPE Smart Array E208i-a 12GB/s SAS 6GB/s SATA PCI Express 3.0 x8 Link Modular Controller is designed for use in HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers and provides reliable and high-performance storage connectivity. It supports advanced features such as online RAID migration, which allows you to move data between RAID levels without disrupting data access, and advanced data protection, which provides enhanced data protection against drive failures. This controller card is an ideal solution for enterprise-level storage applications that require high performance, reliability, and scalability.

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SAS controllers facilitate the use of SATA drives to increase the storage capacity with extreme ease. You can get the best SAS SATA controllers here on allhdd.com. Our SAS SATA controllers are some of the best you can find around at the best prices.

SATA is the acronym for Serial Advanced Technology Attachment while the SCSI, nicknamed Scuzzy, is short for Serial Attached Small Computer System Interface.

SATA and SAS connectors help link up your computer components, including media and hard drives to the system's motherboard. SATA drives are more affordable and used for personal computing while fast and reliable SAS drives are the best fit for servers.

On the other hand, SAS controllers work flawlessly on SATA hard drives because both share identical infrastructure and possess related characteristics.

If you'd prefer speed over space, then a SAS-based hard drive is your best bet. However, SATA drives on the other hand, while lagging in terms of speed have a much larger storage capacity.

Data Transfer Speed

Throughput is the volume of data that a drive can move, process, or read and write in a specific amount of time. The drive's throughput is usually tested to measure its speed.

The Input/output operations per second (IOPS) may also be measured. However, the IOPS and throughput outcomes usually imply the same things about the drive.

While the SAS drives boast higher throughput than SATA drives; there are fewer general delays. But there is some overlap between the more high-speed SATA drives and slower SAS drives. On allhdd.com, you can shop some of the best SAS SATA controllers from well-known brands across the world.

While a handful of factors affect the drive's performance, the major factor affecting throughput is the revolution per minute (rpm). Consequently, the higher the rpm, the higher the drive's throughput.

The speed variation is most notable when dealing with large files. A SAS drive boasting 15000 rpm will most likely read and write a 1TB file faster than a SATA drive with 7200 rpm.

Most SATA-based drives' usual speed ranges from 5400 rpm to 7200 rpm, and most SAS-based drives run between 7200 rpm and 15000 rpm.

SAS-SATA Controllers on Allhdd.com

While you can count on both quality and affordability, we also bring you a wide range of SAS SATA controllers to cater to your storage needs. SAS and SATA's notable difference is that SAS is developed to endure 24/7 performance in firms, including data centers. Choose from our collection of top-quality SAS SATA controllers including 24 Port, PERC H830, Expander Card, PERC H330, PERC H730, PERC 5, Host Bus Adapter, Equallogic, PERC H710, 4 Port, 1-Port, 8 Port, PERC H700, PERC H800, Smart Array, Serveraid, PERC H740, Raid Controller, PCI-E, 12 Port, Controller Card, and16 Port.

You can use a SATA drive for servers just as you would use a SAS drive. However, the SATA drive would deliver a slower performance and a higher probability of failing or hinting at a failure. This laxity could prove expensive to firms that depend on such drives.

A SAS drive has a mean time between failures (MTBF) that ranges from (1.2-1.6 million) hours of use at 113°F (45°C), while that of a SATA drive is about (700,000-1.2 million) hours of use at 77°F (25°C).

SATA disk drives offer many benefits, including the fact that they boast an unbeatable combination of low cost, high capacity, and performance. Taking advantage of this with SAS SATA controllers could bring a significant return on investment. You can count on a 24/7 customer care center for all issues regarding sales and delivery. Allhdd.com delivers all items free of charge within the 48 U. S. states. Please choose from our collection of top-quality SAS SATA controllers today for optimum performance.

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