HPE Smart Array E208i-a SR G10 LH Ctrlr – 869079-B21

Are you looking for a cost effective, enterprise-class controller for internal attached drives without occupying a PCIe expansion slot? The HPE Smart Array E208i-a SR Gen10 Controller, supporting 12 Gb/s SAS and PCIe 3.0, provides a cost-effective storage solution with enterprise-class reliability supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 and software-defined storage (SDS). This controller has eight internal SAS lanes, allowing connection to SAS or SATA drives, supports Mixed Mode operations of RAID and HBA simultaneously, and offers encryption for data-at rest on any drive. This type-a modular controller occupies a dedicated storage slot without occupying a PCIe expansion slot.


15-20 weeks


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Product features

Key features
  • Storage interface (SAS/SATA)

    • 8 SAS lanes across 2 x 4 internal mini-SAS ports
    • 12 Gb/s SAS, 6 Gb/s SATA technology
    • Mix-and-match SAS and SATA drives to the same controller
    • Support for SAS tape drives
  • PCI Express 3.0 x 8 link

  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 10

  • Mixed mode (RAID logic drives and HBA physical drives simultaneously)

  • Legacy and UEFI boot operation

  • UEFI System utilities (Storage configuration)

  • Up to 238 physical drives

  • Up to 64 logical drives

  • HPE Smart Array SR secure encryption (Optional license)

  • HPE Solid State Disk (SSD) smart path

  • Rapid Parity Initialization (RPI)

  • Rapid rebuild

  • Drive sanitize

  • Performance optimization-Degraded reads and read coalescing

  • Power efficiency

  • Seamless upgrades from HPE Smart Array Software RAID

  • Seamless upgrades to HPE Smart Array P-class controllers

Ports (Internal)
8 SAS/SATA lanes across 2 x 4 internal mini-SAS ports
Form factor
Type-a Flexible/Modular controller (Does not occupy a PCIe Expansion slot)
  • 12 Gb/s SAS (1200 Mb/s Theoretical bandwidth per physical lane)

  • 6 Gb/s SATA (600 Mb/s Theoretical bandwidth per physical lane)

  • PCI Express 3.0 x 8 link width

Fault prevention
The following features offer detection of possible failures before they occur, allowing preventive action to be taken:
  • Predictive drive failure detects possible drive failure before it occurs, allowing replacement of the component before failure occurs

  • Background surface scan checks drives during inactive periods and automatically remaps bad sectors, ensuring data integrity

  • HPE Smart SSD wear gauge reports the amount of lifetime remaining on users SSDs

Fault recovery
Minimizes downtime, reconstructs data, and facilitates a quick recovery from drive failure
  • Recovery ROM: This feature protects the user from a firmware image corruption by storing a redundant copy of the firmware image. If the active firmware image becomes corrupt, the controller will use the redundant firmware image and continue operating

  • On-line spares: There is no limit to the number of spare drives that can be installed prior to drive failure. If a failure occurs, recovery begins with an on-line spare and data is reconstructed automatically

  • DRAM ECC: detects and corrects data bit errors

SSD Smart path
The HPE SSD Smart Path feature included in the Smart Array software stack improves Solid State Disk (SSD) read performance by up to 4x. HPE SSD Smart Path chooses the optimum path to the SSD and accelerates reads for all RAID levels and RAID 0 writes
HPE Smart Array SR secure encryption (Optional license)
HPE Smart Array SR Secure Encryption is a Smart Array controller-based data encryption solution that protects sensitive, mission critical data. This is an enterprise-class encryption solution for data-at-rest on any drives attached to the HPE Smart Array controllers including data on the controller cache
Warranty upgrade options
  • Response – Upgrade on-site response from next business day to same day 4 hours

  • Coverage – Extend hours of coverage from 9 hours x 5 days to 24 hours x 7 days

  • Duration – Select duration of coverage for a period of 1, 3, or 5 years

Warranty upgrade options can come in the form of Care Packs, which are sold at the HPE System level to which this product attaches


HPE Smart Array E208i-a SR Gen10 Controller (804326-B21)
HPE Smart Array E208i-a SR Gen10 LH Controller (869079-B21)
Server support
  • HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10

  • HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10

  • HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10

  • HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10

  • HPE ProLiant XL450 Gen10

  • HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10

  • HPE ProLiant DL560 Gen10

NOTE: When GPUs are used in the HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10 the HPE Smart Array E208i-a SR Gen10 LH Controller (869079-B21) should be used in place of the HPE Smart Array E208i-a SR Gen10 Controller (804326-B21).

Software overview

Operating systems1
  • Microsoft Windows Server

  • Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Server

  • VMware vSphere ESXi

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)

  • Canonical Ubuntu

  • CentOS

  • ClearOS

Storage management software suite2
  • HPE Smart Storage Administrator (SSA) CLI

  • HPE SSA scripting

  • HPE Intelligent Provisioning

  • UEFI System Utilities (Storage configuration)

  • UEFI Storage RESTful



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