(PCIe Gen 4.0 M.2 NVMe Hardware RAID Adapter)
✵ PCIe 4.0 host interface, PCIe Gen4 x8 lanes at maximum transfer rate up to 128Gb/s
✵ Hardware-based RAID solution that supports RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 6, Single Disk and JBOD
✵ Implemented 8GB 72-bit DDR4-2666 SDRAM providing hardware RAID assist engine for parity calculations
✵ Support off module power loss protection (PLP) saves data issued without data loss at power fail using optional CBM module
✵ CBM module or on-board battery(CR2032) to keep on M.2 fault LED status for troubleshooting
✵ Supports up to 6x PCIe Gen 4.0 M.2 slots and 2 port 12Gb/s SAS/SATA ports
✵ Dynamically allocate storage 12Gb/s SSA/SATA/PCIe (NVMe) to NVMe slot1 and SATA/SAS ports
✵ Firmware automatically backup from NVMe RAID to SAS/SATA RAID
✵ Device interface PCIe Gen4 per M.2 slot
✵ Controller-level hardware encryption
✵ SED support for hardware disk encryption capable drives
PCIe Gen 4.0 M.2 NVMe Hardware RAID controller
The ARC-1886-6N2I presents the advanced hardware RAID technology in enhanced performance of using 6 Bays M.2 NVMe and an improved enterprise data protection of using two SAS/SATA ports. The hardware RAID adapter accesses the data of NVMe disk array with a workload preset value. While the workload level stays within the preset value, the RAID adapter would constantly back up the data of NVMe disk array to the other two SAS/SATA ports hard disk arrays. This is designed in a 1.6 GHz dual-core ROC processor, DDR4-2666 memory and PCIe Gen 4.0 host/device interface and supports RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, Single Disk or JBOD.
|PCIe Gen 4.0 M.2 NVMe Hardware RAID controller|
|Form Factor||107.2(H) x 262(L) mm||107.2(H) x 205(L) mm|
|I/O Processor||Tri-Mode Dual Core ARM A15 1.6GHz ROC|
|On-Board Cache||8GB on-board DDR4-2666 SDRAM|
|Drive Connector||2 x SATA
6 x M.2 Connector
|1 x SFF-8654 [X8]
4 x M.2 Connector
|Drive Support||12Gb/s SAS, 6Gb/s SATA, Gen 4.0 PCIe (NVMe)|
|Management Port||In-Band: PCIe / Out-of-Band: LAN Port|
|Enclosure Ready||SGPIO, SMP, SES2 and UBM|
|Power Consumption||Approximately 14 Watts (without M.2 drive)|
Ultrafast Transfer Speed
ARC-1886-6N2I PCIe Gen 4.0 M.2 NVMe Hardware RAID adapter is built to deliver unprecedented performance, using only carefully, best-in-class components. These include the dual core Broadcom SAS3916, PCIe Gen 4.0 tri-mode ROC, 8GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM with ECC protection.
Powerful Broadcom Tri-mode ROC Engine
At the heart of ARC-1886-6N2I is the incredibly powerful Broadcom SAS3916 dual-core ARM A15 tri-mode ROC, giving effortless performance as desirable. It delivers storage interface PCIe Gen 4 NVMe, 12Gb/s SAS, 6Gb/s SATA, and the security of data protection. Damage in a software RAID is considered as the consumption of massive computation and memory bandwidth on the host. The ARC-1886-6N2I hardware RAID relieves the parity generation burden from the host and maximizes application processing performance.
Speed Up 8MB DDR4-2666 SDRAM
With a massive 8GB of DDR4-2666 SDRAM, ARC-1886-6N2I gives you super-smooth multitasking during the period of high overload in 4K environment. ARC-1886-6N2I firmware can configure how much cache SDRAM dedicated for read, and how much for write. If your server application has significantly more reads than writes or more writes than reads, you might need to change this setting to adjust the read/write cache ratio for improving performance. Big cache is the perfect choice for a 4K application drive, making your professional apps work as fast as possible.
|SDRAM||Memory Clock (MHz)||Bus Clock(MHz)||Data Rate(MT/s)||Peak Transfer Rate (GB/s)|
High Bandwidth PCI-E 4.0 Support
To run the PCIe Gen 4.0 slots in Gen 4 speed, please must install the ROC which supports PCI Express 4.0. If you install the PCIe3.0 ROC, the PCI Express 4.0 slots will run only at Gen3 speed.
Higher bit rate - 16.0GT/s
Higher bandwidth per lane - 2GB/s
Higher efficiency - 98.5% encoding efficiency
Professional Storage Connectivity
The ARC-1886-6N2I RAID adapter can operate in all three modes concurrently servicing NVMe, SAS or SATA drives that offers the operation of NVMe, SAS or SATA storage devices in a single RAID adapter. With a single ARC-1886-6N2I RAID adapter, system integrators can take full advantage of 6x PCIe Gen 4.0 M.2 x2/x4 NVMe drives and 2 port 12Gb/s SAS/SATA ports.
Auto-Backup Between Dual Array
--- need to be verified, until Q2 2021 ---
NVMe disasters always happen unexpectedly, and without proper safeguards your data could be in jeopardy. Implementing an Auto-backup and Recovery strategy is critical for protecting a NVMe array from the corruption of data and for providing the ability to recover that data.The ARC-1886-6N2I provides a dual disk arrays including a NVMe disk array and a hard disk array. The RAID firmware has a preset value, and when the workload size does not reach the preset value, it backs up the data of M2 NVMe disk array to the SATA connector port hard disk array. This has the advantages of fast access to data by the NVMe disk and high reliability of data storage on the hard disk. These backups contain exact copies of NVMe array. The clone SAS/SATA array uses them for disaster recovery purposes.
Off Module Power (OMP) Loss Protection
An enterprise storages need to ensure data integrity in the event of power losses and system crashes. The Power Loss Protection (PLP) is a hardware and firmware solution on the ARC-1886-6N2I ARID adapter to ensure that the NVMe SSDs integrity is maintained should a power loss event occur.
Launch the web browser-based MRAID storage manager to check the power loss event.
(Breadcrumb-Trail: 'Information' > 'RAID Set Hierarchy' > 'Device Information' > 'Unsafe Shutdowns')
Smart CBM for the Integrity of the Cached Data
ARC-1886-6N2I RAID storages have integrated caches for increasing performance. With corresponding protective mechanisms, the content of these unwritten cached data in the SDRAM would be lost when there is a complete AC power failure or a brief unexpected power outage. For that reason, a cache backup module (CBM) protects the integrity of the cached data on ARC-1886-6N2I RAID adapter by providing backup power. The cache backup module has built-in functionality to charge the supercapacitor pack automatically and to communicate supercapacitor pack status information to the RAID adapter.
Controller-Based H/W Encryption Engine
Host independent real-time controller-based hardware encryption does not impact the performance of ARC-1886-6N2I RAID adapter and can implement on any kinds of storage device that is transparent to the user, the OS, and applications. Areca encryption function secures a sensitive, mission-critical volume's data from unauthorized access or modification in the event of drive theft, as well as more routine activities such as the return of defective drives for servicing or the decommission or repurposing of drives. Local key management in the controller is designed to protect data from security breaches with minimal cost and complexity. User can use ARC-1886-6N2I storage API code to design its own key management utility. ARC-1886-6N2I supports 128- and 256-bit encryption keys using AES (a key size of 128, or 256 bits), or password (a variable key size).
The ARC-1886-6N2I RAID adapter firmware Security Function, together with self-encrypting drives (SEDs), secures a data in the hard disks from unauthorized access or modification resulting from theft, loss or repurposing of drives. Protection is achieved by the SED hard drive that automatically and continu¬ously encrypts the data on the drive without any user interaction.
There are many advantages features for ARC-1886-6N2I RAID adapter uEFI support for more than one macOS version to reside on one Apple machine.
(1). Support a primary operating system and an alternate system that you use less frequently
(2). Allows a new operating system to configure all applications needed, and migrate data before removing the old operating system
(3). Useful in situations where different software applications need different operating systems
(4). Software developers needs to have multiple operating systems for development or testing purposes
The user would need to simply reboot the device and select the alternate option to switch from one version to others version.
Mounting Caddy for 2019 Mac Pro
The Areca ARC-CD2I is a well-designed option to install and connect up to two SAS/SATA drives in the 2019 Mac Pro using the space and connections inside the 2019 Mac Pro next to the PCIe card slots. The internal Mac Pro storage capacity can be expanded by adding additional cost effective ARC-CD2I mounting caddy and connects over SATA cable to Mac Pro logic board. The ARC-1886-6N2I can also use it to support secondary array module.
Effective Management Tool
Areca provides more flexible management tools comparing with others competitors to manage and monitor ARC-1886-6N2I RAID adapter.
• LAN Port: Out of Band Management (Without Disturb Host Access)
Lets you set up and manage RAID storage through Out-of-band web browser manager and ArcSAP utility
The ARC-1886-6N2I also offers an alternative out-of band method d for McRAID storage manager. User can access the built-in configuration without needing the ArcHTTP proxy server on the host system. The ARC-1886-6N2I has an RJ-45 connector out-of-band management port on the rear. You can monitor and manage an ARC-1886-6N2I RAID adapter using this dedicated management channel to manage the ARC-1886-6N2I RAID adapter without any host connection. It will also not disturb the host access when you monitor or manage the ARC-1886-6N2I RAID adapter.
• PCIe Bus
Lets you set up and manage RAID storage through In-band web browser manager and ArcSAP utility
You can configure in-band management for communication to travel over the Thunderbolt data path between a data host and ARC-1886-6N2I RAID adapter. In-band management uses a proxy agent HTTP management software (ArcHTTP) running on a data host to communicate with an ARC-1886-6N2I RAID adapter.
Web Browser-Based Management
McRAID storage manager is firmware-based utility, which is accessible via the web browser installed on your operating system. The web browser-based McRAID storage manager is a HTML-based application, which utilizes the browser (Safari, IE and Mozilla etc) installed on your monitor station. It can be accessed through the in-band Thunderbolt bus and out of band Ethernet port. The in-band-Thunderbolt bus method can launch the web browser-based McRAID storage manager via ArcHTTP proxy server.
User-Friendly Graphical-Based Management
Areca Single Admin Portal (ArcSAP) quick manager is an alternative graphical-based device management program specifically designed for use in managing and configuring RAID unit implemented using any of Areca RAID controllers. ArcSAP quick manager can scan for multiple RAID units in the local and remote systems and provide an effective mechanism to configure your RAID units.
Actual data rates may vary depending on operating environment, RAID mode, RAID configuration, NVMe model and NVMe performance. The best performance is installed the PCIe Gen 4 NVMes and connect the ARC-1886-6N2I to a computer that supports PCIe Gen 4.0 X8 slot. Below is the test result on the new mac pro 2019.