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ThinkServer Options: RAID

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SMART PROTECTION. ROBUST PERFORMANCE.

Keeping data online 24/7 and preventing data loss requires smart solutions. Designed to enhance server uptime and maintain flexibility for future growth, Lenovo’s ThinkServer RAID options provide your business with cost-efficient solutions and powerful hardware RAID offerings. For a low-cost solution that efficiently and easily upgrades your server, the ThinkServer SATA RAID 5 is our best option. Designed specifically for our tower server choices, this pluggable key provides robust data protection for up to 5TB of critical data. All this without taking up any PCIe slots!

Many applications and environments demand even higher reliability and availability without compromising on performance. That’s where ThinkServer hardware RAID solutions provide the best fit. Lenovo offers the ThinkServer RAID 500 adapter that can connect up to 8 internal SAS/SATA ports at a maximum interface speed of 6G bps. The ThinkServer RAID 700 adapter takes availability to a higher level. Not only does this RAID adapter provide hardware for RAID levels 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60, but it also provides 256MB cache and a battery kit for battery-backup, write-back cache. With RAID hardware solutions you get additional data protection should your server experience unscheduled outages.

Typical Uses and Applications

Your data is your business. No compromises. Choose a ThinkServer RAID solution that fits your needs. RAID is important for applications that leverage internal direct-attached storage that’s used for file, web, database, and email applications. With ThinkServer RAID controllers, you can connect to both SATA and SAS drives – creating a cost-optimized solution that leverages SATA capacity or SAS performance.

ThinkServer RAID 500 provides the following features:

  • RAID 0, 1, and 10 support
  • RAID 5 with optional upgrade key
  • PCIe 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Dedicated and global hot spares with auto-rebuild
  • Mixed capacity drives in RAID array
  • Patrol Read (sector scan and repair)
  • Auto-Rebuild
  • Auto-Verify & Repair (consistency check)
  • >2TB HDD Support (data and boot volumes)
  • Bad block management
  • RAID level migration
  • Online capacity expansion
  • Staggered HDD spin-up

ThinkServer RAID 700 enhances the performance of the RAID 500 and includes the additional following features:

  • RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6, 60 support
  • Cache battery backup option iBBU08
  • Advanced power management of configured drives


ThinkServer RAID Upgrade Options ThinkServer RAID 100 Upgrade Key for Advanced RAID ThinkServer RAID 300 Upgrade Key for Advanced RAID ThinkServer RAID 500 Adapter II ThinkServer RAID 700 Adapter II
Type Software RAID Software RAID Hardware RAID Hardware RAID
Target Workloads < 4 SATA
RAID 0/1
CPU utilization < 50%
4 ~6 SATA/SAS
RAID 0/1/5
CPU utilization < 50%
6 ~ 8 SATA/SAS 8~ 12 SATA/SAS
Or 4~ 6 SSD
Data transfer I/F 3/6Gbps SATA3 3Gbps SAS/SATA3 3/6Gbps SAS/SATA3 3/6Gbps SAS/SATA3
RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5 0, 1, 10, 5 0, 1, 10, JBOD 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6, 60
Write-back Cache N/A N/A N/A 512MB Cache
Battery Backup N/A N/A N/A Yes (Option PN: 67Y2647)
Optional RAID Upgrade Key N/A N/A Yes. 5, 50 (Option PN: 0A89464) N/A
Part Number 67Y2626 0A89422 0A89407 0A89463
Compatibility TS430 RD330, RD430 TS430, RD330, RD430, RD530, RD630 TS430, RD330, RD430, RD530, RD630