Intel announced a new enterprise storage technology that integrated RAID functionality onto the processor:
Intel disclosed a breakthrough enterprise storage technology which combines the dependability of today’s hardware RAID with the high performance of software RAID into a solution called next-generation RAID. The integration of RAID functionality onto the processor eliminates the need for a separate RAID card, leading to a smaller footprint and increased performance. When paired with an integrated SAS controller, the integrated RAID configuration increases overall input/output (I/O) system performance and can greatly reduce storage solution costs. Next-generation RAID can be supported on a variety of operating systems.