The explosive growth of data in cloud and enterprise data centers is driving the need for a higher performance storage interface to accelerate the ability of critical applications to access data. Broadcom first-to-market 12 Gb/s SAS solutions are designed to deliver the performance and data protection capabilities required for the most demanding next-generation server and storage platforms. Offering up to double the data transfer rate of 6 Gb/s SAS solutions, 12 Gb/s SAS allows the SAS infrastructure to deliver bandwidth that can fully utilize that of PCI Express 3.0 with a single controller card. The MegaRAID SAS 9361-8i, with eight internal ports, delivers two 1.2 GHz PowerPC processor cores and a 72-bit DDR3 interface that drives 2 GB cache memory. Powered by the SAS3108 RAID-on-Chip (ROC), the 9361-8i controller includes the PCI Express 3.0 and 12 Gb/s SAS technology and helps users to support increased scaling of hard disk drives (HDDs) and maximize the performance benefits of solid state drives (SSDs).