Lenovo ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e External RAID AdapterProduct Guide

23 Mar 2018
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The ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e External RAID Adapter is a high-performance 12 Gbps SAS RAID-on-chip (ROC) adapter for connectivity to external disk enclosures. The adapter comes standard with 4 GB of cache, supports RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6 and 60, and includes an extensive list of RAS and management features.

This product guide provides essential presales information to understand the ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e adapter and its key features, specifications, and compatibility. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the external RAID adapter and consider its use in IT solutions.

Change History

Changes in the March 23 update:

  • The adapter now supports connectivity of up to 240 drives


The ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e External RAID Adapter is a high-performance 12 Gbps SAS RAID-on-chip (ROC) adapter for connectivity to external disk enclosures. The adapter comes standard with 4 GB of cache, supports RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6 and 60, and includes an extensive list of RAS and management features.

The ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e is shown in the following figure.

ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e 4GB Flash PCIe 12Gb Adapter
Figure 1. ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e 4GB Flash PCIe 12Gb Adapter

Did you know?

RAID on Chip-based controllers such as the RAID 930-8e adapters have a dedicated processor that offloads all RAID functions from the server's CPU. With hardware acceleration for RAID 5 and 6 operations plus dedicated memory for caching, the 930-8e offer the ultimate performance for connectivity with external SAS disk enclosures for ThinkSystem servers.

Part number information

The following table provides the ordering part number for the adapter.

Table 1. Part numbers and feature codes
Part number Feature code Description
7Y37A01087 AUNQ ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e 4GB Flash PCIe 12Gb Adapter

Technical specifications

The ThinkSystem RAID 930 Series internal RAID adapters have the following specifications:

  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • 12 Gbps SAS/SATA RAID controllers, based on the Broadcom MegaRAID 9480 adapter family
  • 4GB of integrated flash-backed cache
  • Connectivity for up to 240 external SAS or SATA drives (Note: 240 drive support requires that the Profile ID be changed in the adapter settings from Profile ID 10 to Profile ID 12. Profile ID 10 has a limit of only 64 drives.)
  • Support for intermixing SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs. Mixing SAS and SATA drives in the same array is not supported. Mixing of HDDs and SSDs in the same array is not supported.
  • Support for intermixing of 12 Gbps and 6 Gbps drives.
  • Support for RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6 and 60 standard
  • Support for JBOD (non-RAID) drive state
  • Support for logical drive sizes greater than 2 TB.
  • Configurable stripe size from 64 KB up to 1 MB
  • Supports 512e, 512n and 4K (when available) formatted drives
  • Compliant with Disk Data Format (DDF) configuration on disk (CoD).
  • S.M.A.R.T. support.
  • Configuration through
    • XClarity Provisioning Manager UEFI interface
    • XClarity Controller web interface
    • XClarity Administrator Configuration Patterns
    • StorCLI command-line interface
    • LSI Storage Authority (LSA) GUI interface
    • UEFI Human Interface Infrastructure (HII)

Note: CacheCade is not supported by these adapters

The following table lists the specifications of the RAID 930-8e adapter.

Table 2. Specifications
Feature RAID 930-8e
Adapter type External RAID
Part number 7Y37A01087
Controller chip LSI SAS3516
Host interface PCIe 3.0x8
Port interface 12 Gb SAS
Number of ports 8
Port connectors 2x Mini-SAS HD SFF8644
Drive interface SAS,SATA
Drive type HDD, SED, SSD
Hot-swap drives Yes
Max devices Profile 12: 240 devices
Profile 10: 64 devices
RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6, 60
JBOD mode Yes
Cache 4GB (Standard)
CacheVault cache protection Yes (Flash)
Performance Accelerator (FastPath) Yes
SED support (Safestore) Yes


The ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e adapter has the following standard features:

  • MegaRAID FastPath SSD performance acceleration

    MegaRAID FastPath software provides high-performance I/O acceleration for SSD-based virtual drives by using a low latency I/O path to increase the maximum I/O per second (IOPS) capability of the controller. This feature boosts the performance of applications with a highly random data storage access pattern, such as transactional databases.

  • MegaRAID flash cache protection

    MegaRAID flash cache protection uses NAND flash memory, which is powered by a CacheVault Power Module supercapacitor, to protect data that is stored in the controller cache. This module eliminates the need for a lithium-ion battery, which is commonly used to protect DRAM cache memory on PCI RAID controllers. To avoid the possibility of data loss or corruption during a power or server failure, flash cache protection technology transfers the contents of the DRAM cache to NAND flash using power from the offload power module. After the power is restored to the RAID controller, the content of the NAND flash is transferred back to the DRAM, which is flushed to disk.

  • Auto-resume on array rebuild or array reconstruction after the loss of system power

    Auto-resume uses non-volatile RAM (NVRAM) to save the rebuild progress during a host reboot or power failure to automatically resume from the last checkpoint. Auto-resume ensures that data integrity is maintained throughout the process. The card supports a number of features that can be implemented without rebooting the server. Applications, such as email and web server, benefit from avoiding downtime during the transition.

  • Online Capacity Expansion

    Online Capacity Expansion (OCE) allows the capacity of a virtual disk to be expanded by adding new physical disks or making use of unused space on existing disks, without requiring a reboot.

  • Online RAID Level Migration

    Online RAID Level Migration (RLM), which is also known as logical drive migration, can migrate a virtual disk from any RAID level to any other RAID level without requiring a reboot. System availability and application functionality remain unaffected.

  • Fast initialization for quick array setup

    Fast initialization quickly writes zeros to the first and last sectors of the virtual drive. This feature allows you to immediately start writing data to the virtual drive while the initialization is running in the background.

  • Consistency check for background data integrity

    Consistency check verifies that all stripes in a virtual disk with a redundant RAID level are consistent. The consistency check mirrors data when an inconsistent stripe is detected for RAID 1 and re-creates the parity from the peer disks for RAID 5 or RAID 6. Consistency checks can be scheduled to take place periodically.

  • Extensive online configuration options and advanced monitoring and event notification

    Management tools provide convenience for the configuration of logical volumes and alerting when errors have occurred or are about to occur.

  • Patrol read for media scanning and repairing

    Patrol read is a background sentry service that pro-actively discovers and corrects media defects (bad sectors) that arise normally as a disk drive ages. The service issues a series of verify commands, and if a bad block is discovered, the card's firmware uses RAID algorithms to re-create the missing data and remap the sector to a good sector. The task is interruptible based on controller activity and host operations. The firmware also provides an interface where the patrol read task can be initiated, set up for continuous operation, and terminated from a management application. Patrol read can be activated by a manual command or automatically.

  • Global and dedicated hot spare with revertible hot spare support

    A hot spare rebuilds data from all virtual disks within the disk group in which it is configured. You can define a physical disk as a hot spare to replace a failed drive. Hot spares can be configured as either global or dedicated. A global hot spare allows any physical drive to be designated as a hot spare. A dedicated hot spare allows the user to assign a hot spare drive to a particular array of the same drive type.

  • Drive roaming

    Drive roaming occurs when the physical disks are changed to different ports on the same controller. When the drives are placed on different channels, the controller detects the RAID configuration from the configuration data on the drives.

  • MegaRAID SafeStore support for self-encrypting drive (SED) services

    MegaRAID SafeStore encryption services offer instant secure erase and local key management for self-encrypting drives. This technology represents a step forward in securing data on a disk drive from any unauthorized access or modification resulting from theft, loss, or repurposing of drives. Instant secure erase permanently removes data when repurposing or decommissioning SEDs. SafeStore local key management provides the necessary management and protection of SEDs by using a simple pass phrase, security key identifier, and security key file that can be set and applied to all SEDs that are assigned to a RAID adapter. This feature removes the complexity of managing each SED’s unique encryption key, and it essentially relieves the administrator of most of the daily tasks of securing data.

  • XClarity Provisioning Manager for pre-boot array configuration and management

    Provisioning Manager is the ThinkSystem UEFI-based application that includes a RAID setup wizard to help you configure drive groups and virtual disks before installing or booting the operating system.

  • XClarity Controller web interface for remote storage management

    XClarity Controller (XCC) is the systems management processor integrated in all ThinkSystem servers. The XCC web interface allows you to perform storage inventory, create and edit virtual disks, view events, import a new controller configuration, and perform firmware updates on the adapter.

Note: MegaRAID CacheCade and MegaRAID Storage Manager are not supported.

Server support

The following tables list the ThinkSystem server that are compatible.

Table 3. ThinkSystem server support
ST550 (7X09 / 7X10)
SR530 (7X07 / 7X08)
SR550 (7X03 / 7X04)
SR570 (7Y02 / 7Y03)
SR590 (7X98 / 7X99)
SR630 (7X01 / 7X02)
SR650 (7X05 / 7X06)
SR850 (7X18 / 7X19)
SR860 (7X69 / 7X70)
SR950 (7X11 / 7X12 / 7X13)
SD530 (7X21)
SN550 (7X16)
SN850 (7X15)
7Y37A01087 ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e 4GB Flash PCIe 12Gb Adapter Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N

External drive enclosures

The ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e adapter supports connectivity to the external drive enclosures that are listed in the following table.

Tip: Enclosure quantities are based on the adapter supporting a maximum of 240 drives.

Table 4. External drive enclosures
Description Part number Maximum
per 930-8e
Lenovo Storage D1212 LFF Chassis, Dual ESM 4587A1x 8
Lenovo Storage D1224 SFF Chassis, Dual ESM 4587A3x 8
Lenovo Storage D3284 High Density Expansion Enclosure 64131xF 2

For details about direct-attach storage enclosures, see the following Lenovo Press web page:

Operating system support

The ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e adapter supports the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 with XEN
  • VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0
  • VMware vSphere ESXi 6.5


The adapters carry a 1-year limited warranty. When installed in a supported ThinkSystem server, the adapter assumes the server’s base warranty and any warranty upgrades.

Operating environment

The ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e adapter is supported in the following environment:

  • Operating:
    • Temperature: 10°C to 55°C (50°F to 131°F)
    • Relative humidity: 20% to 90% (non-condensing)
  • Storage
    • Temperature with package: -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
    • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)

Agency approvals

The ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e adapter has the following agency approvals:

  • FCC Part 15 Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand (AS/NZS CISPR 22)
  • Canada (ICES-003 Class B)
  • Europe (EN55022/EN55024)
  • Japan (VCCI V-3)
  • Korea (RRA no 2013-24 & 25)
  • RoHS compliant
  • EN/IEC/UL 60950
  • Taiwan (CNS 13438)
  • USA (FCC 47 CFR part 15 Subpart B class B)
  • WEEE

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