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Published: 16 Oct 2012

Over the next couple of years, enough IT buyers will require RAID for their servers that vendors will put RAID directly on the motherboard, rather than in a separate RAID host bus adapter card. At least, that's the future according to Gartner Inc., which foresees RAID on Motherboard (ROMB) and RAID on Chip (ROC) technology capturing 80% of the host-based RAID market by 2005, up from 42% in 2002. At Dell, the "attach rate" of server purchases requiring RAID has already reached the tipping point. According to Russ Ray, Dell senior product manager for server products, Dell ships ROMB as a $99 or $199 option to "the meat of the market," its two-way 2000 and 4000 series servers. In contrast, Dell IDE and SCSI RAID cards cost $299 and $499, respectively. But don't expect to find ROMB at the low or high end. To keep costs down, Dell doesn't offer ROMB on single processor systems, or on its four-way 6000 series servers, because "in the back-end data centers where you find these servers, [IT managers] want the flexibility of updating their RAID cards, or servicing ... Access >>>

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