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Get Ready for the 12Gb/s SAS Drive

Article in: "SearchStorage"; by: Carol Silwa; December 3, 2013

The rollout of 12 Gbps SAS drives and other technology will mean performance improvements and new management capabilities. Marty Czekalski, president of the SCSI Trade Association, discussed the impact that 12 Gbps SAS will have on IT organizations. Czekalski also does ecosystem development for interface technologies and protocols, and works with standards organizations in his position as manager of the emerging technology program at hard disk drive vendor Seagate Technology LLC.

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Article in "StorageNewsletter.com"; November 19, 2013

As enterprise storage continues to demand higher performance to meet rising workload levels and higher reliability to push down TCO, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) announced two 12Gb SAS storage interface technology milestones, signaling the technology's continued success in meeting these industry needs.

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Making the Move from FC to SAS

If you're a regular reader of STA's Serial Storage Wire, you know that there's a transition taking place in the storage industry from FC-AL to Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) storage architectures and disk drives... NetApp is well into this technology transition, where SAS-connected disk shelves now account for a majority of storage shipped with new NetApp® systems.

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The Road to 12Gb/s High Density SAS Connectors

Contributed article to InterConnection World by Jay Neer, Molex

The initial release for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) connectors and cables was a bit different from the typical release of a new I/O standard. The SCSI Trade Association (STA) was committed to enabling Serial ATA (SATA) connectivity with SAS, so close coordination was required between the two standards organizations to achieve this goal. The idea was to create one-way interconnectivity to permit SATA hard-disk drives (HDDs) to plug into SAS backplanes, while preventing the dual-port SAS HDDs from plugging into SATA backplanes.

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Presentations

STA President Marty Czekalski presented "SAS: The Fabric for Storage Solutions" on April 7, 2015, at SNIA's Data Storage Innovation Conference in Santa Clara, CA. Topics in this presentation included:

  • SAS Market Overview, including basics of SAS architecture and deployment
  • SAS Technology Update, including 12Gb/s SAS, 24Gb/s SAS, and Advanced Connectivity
  • SSDs, MultiLink SAS™, and Express Bay
  • New SAS Features, including Zoned Block Commands and Storage Intelligence

Download the presentation here: DSI-2015 SAS the storage fabric, r4.pdf

On January 21, 2015, STA President Marty Czekalski gave a presentation titled "SCSI Continues to Evolve" at the Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) meeting during the SNIA Annual Members' Symposium. In this presentation, Czekalski covered the following topics:

  • New SCSI features for flash and performance
  • Beyond 12Gb/s SAS
  • Advanced connectivity
  • Status of 24Gb/s SAS
  • Zoned Block Commands (ZBC)

Download the presentation here: SNIA Annual Members' Symposium - STA update 012115 r2.pdf

STA President Marty Czekalski participated on a panel entitled "New Applications, New Technologies - What's Ahead for Content Storage" on January 5, 2015, at Storage Visions in Las Vegas, NV. During this session, Czekalski provided an overview of new zoned block devices and how this new SCSI command set will allow applications to better take advantage of new storage technologies such as Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) and enable continued decreases in storage costs.

Download the presentation here: Storage Visions 2015 MC r3.pdf

STA President Marty Czekalski and STA Vice President Greg McSorley gave a series of presentations at Powering the Cloud in Frankfurt, Germany in October 2014, including one presentation in the Storage Innovation Theatre and two shorter presentations in the Meet the Experts Theatre.

  • Storage Innovation Theatre Presentation: SAS: The Fabric for Storage Solutions (October 29, 2014)
    Topics:
    • SAS Market Overview, including basics of SAS architecture and deployment
    • SAS Technology update, including 12Gb/s SAS, advanced connectivity, SSDs, MultiLink SAS™, Express Bay, new SCSI features, and 24Gb/s SAS
  • Meet the Experts Theatre Presentation #1: SAS: The Fabric for Storage Solutions (October 28, 2014)
    This is an abbreviated version of the Storage Innovation Theatre presentation above.
  • Meet the Experts Theatre Presentation #2: The Role of SAS in Scale-Out Storage Solutions (October 29, 2014)
    Topics:
    • SAS fabric capabilities
    • SAS buffering
    • Connectivity options
    • CacheIO case study
    • Scaling Windows Server Storage with SAS

Download all three presentation here: Powering the Cloud 2014 - STA Presentations.zip

On September 16, STA President Marty Czekalski presented an update on SCSI standards and technology at Storage Developer Conference in Santa Clara, CA.

Topics include:

  • SCSI Express
  • New SCSI features for flash and performance, including extended copy, atomic operations, hinting, SCSI-SF, and power limit control
  • Express Bay
  • Beyond 12Gb/s SAS
  • Advanced Connectivity
  • 24Gb/s SAS MRD
  • Shingled Magnetic Recording

Download the presentation here: SDC-SCSI Standards and Technology Update 2014 r5.pdf

During a panel presentation at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara on August 6, 2014, leading storage industry experts from STA discussed the challenges of distributed storage systems and how the SAS storage protocol is uniquely positioned to handle the mixture of workloads and I/O demands required. The panel was moderated by Jeff Janukowicz, research director at IDC.

Presentations included:

Download all presentations here: FMS 2014 STA Panel Presentations.zip

Video Presentation from SNW-Europe 2013

This video presentation is hosted on Juku Italy, however Czekalski's remarks are in English. November 9, 2013

Czekalski discusses SCSI Express and the roadmap for 12Gb/s product deployments. Link to the presentation.

The SCSI Franchise Adapts for Solid State Storage

Presentation at 2013 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA in August.

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SAS Storage Performance — FOSE 2013

SAS Preservation & Innovation FOSE-SAS-Storage-Performance-V3-web.pdf

Presenters: Harry Mason, President, SCSI Trade Association
                       Marty Czekalski, Vice President, SCSI Trade Association
Where:   Storage Networking World Fall 2011, Orlando, FL
When:   October 12, 2011

In this presentation Mason and Czekalski present:

  • Update on the SCSI Trade Association
  • Range of SAS & SATA storage solutions
  • SAS technology and market overview
  • Key markets and sample deployments
  • Extending SAS innovation
    • 12Gb/s
    • MultiLink SAS™
    • Advanced Connectivity

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SAS Standards and Technology Update

Presenters: Harry Mason, President SCSI Trade Association, and Director of Industry Marketing at LSI, Corp.
                Marty Czekalski, Vice President SCSI Trade Association, and Interface & Emerging Architecture
                Program Manager at Seagate
Where: Storage Developers Conference, Santa Clara, CA
When: September 19, 2011

In this presentation Mason and Czekalski provide:

  • SAS Overview
  • SAS Performance Roadmap and 12Gb/s SAS staging
  • MultiLink SAS™ and Advanced Connectivity
  • SCSI over PCIe (SOP)
  • Backplane Receptacle Compatibility

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Extending SAS Innovation in 2011

Extending SAS innovation:

  • 12Gb/s SAS
  • MultiLink SAS™
  • Advanced Connectivity

Extending-SAS-Innovation-2011.pdf

Presenters from Molex: Galen Fromm, Senior Electrical Project Engineer, Jay Neer, Strategic Product Manager, and Edmund Poh, Senior Product Engineer
Where: Flash Memory Summit
When: August 9 - 11, 2011

Fromm, Near and Poh present a snapshot and status report on Serial Attached SCSI and the development of connectors for enterprise storage bays.

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What You Should Know about SAS

By: Harry Mason, President SCSI Trade Association, Director of Marketing, LSI
Where: FOSE Conference & Exhibition, Washington, DC
When: July 11 - 14, 2011

Mason presents an overview of the SCSI Trade Association, SAS technology and the market for SAS products and technology, including key markets, sample deployments and what SAS innovations will present in the future.

SAS-Market-and-Technology-FOSE_2011.pdf

  • Ultra320 SCSI gave way to 3Gb/s SAS (2005-06)
  • 6Gb/s SAS was announced in 4Q08
  • 6Gb/s SAS systems now shipping with full scale deployment expected 4Q09-1Q10.
  • 6Gb/s SAS advances dramatically in external storage shipments
    • Drive attach: significant penetration
    • Host attach: steadily growing

... the need for improved host connectivity is driving SAS Advanced Connectivity Roadmap

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White Papers

SCSI Trade Association White Paper
by: Harry Mason, Director, Industry Marketing, LSI Corp.,
       With Contributions by Jay Neer, Advanced Technical Marketing Manager, Industry Standards, Molex

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) burst upon the storage scene in 2004 as a serial replacement for the once ubiquitous parallel SCSI interconnect. While much attention is often given to the capabilities of the protocol and to the silicon and software required to implement these systems, it is often the physical interconnections that influence the adoption of I/O in a variety of market segments. Parallel SCSI, for example, supported everything necessary for clustered server deployments; however, the large unwieldy nature of the parallel cables and the restricted cabling distances greatly limited SCSI's applicability in these markets.

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Press Releases

Fifth Plugfest focused on 12Gb/s SAS technology highlighted how the technology is evolving, adding new features and enhanced capabilities

SAN FRANCISCO - June 8, 2016 — Validating the versatility, reliability and scalability that Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) has as a storage interface for enterprise-class storage, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) today announced the successful completion of its 17th SAS Plugfest, the fifth for 12Gb/s SAS. The event was held May 23-26, 2016, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). Thirteen companies, including both STA members and non-members, participated.

Expands HBA Family With New 24-and 16-Port Models to Provide Increased Performance and Connectivity for Demanding Web and Cloud Data Centers

SAN JOSE, Calif., and SINGAPORE, Feb. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Broadcom Limited (NASDAQ:AVGO) today announced the expansion of its industry-leading family of 12Gb/s SAS+SATA Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) with new 24-and 16-port models. The high-port count 9305 HBA family includes the industry's first 12Gb/s model with 24-ports on a single chip, providing increased performance, extended system scalability and decreased per-port power consumption. Available today, the 9305 HBA family are designed to meet the needs of hyperscale data centers that deploy high-end server and storage systems.

Adaptec HBA 1000 Delivers Proven and Easy to Use Server Storage Solutions with 60 Percent Lower Power

SUNNYVALE, Calif., December 8, 2015 - PMC-Sierra, Inc. (PMC®) (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data, today announced the HBA 1000 series of 12Gb/s SAS/SATA Host Bus Adapters, the first products in PMC's new Smart family of solutions for high-performance cloud and enterprise server storage connectivity. The HBA 1000 delivers maximum resiliency and the industry's lowest power using field-proven Smart intellectual property (IP) from the most widely deployed server storage stack and PMC's SmartIOC™ controller. Broad compatibility from PMC Adaptec® management tools and drivers enables easy deployment across a wide variety of data center applications. With up to 16 internal or external SAS/SATA ports in a low-profile MD2 form factor, the HBA 1000 provides a native server connectivity solution that can handle the most demanding workloads and configurations (see video, infographic, power calculator).

Toshiba's latest enterprise performance 10,500 RPM HDD to support both 12Gbit/s SAS and 512n sector length

IRVINE, Calif. — October 19, 2015 — The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces its newest enterprise performance hard disk drive (HDD) line, the AL14SE series, designed for mission critical servers and high-performance, high-availability storage systems. The AL14SE is Toshiba's latest 10,500 rotations per minute (RPM) HDD to support 12Gbit/s1 SAS and 512n sector length for compatibility with the latest generation host controllers and host bus adapters.

Storage developers begin to integrate increased functionality as they bring new SSD products to market

SAN FRANCISCO, August 11, 2015 -- Revealing a new Storage Intelligence feature that improves the performance and endurance of solid state disk drives (SSDs), the SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) Trade Association (STA) today announced that the INCITS T10 Technical Committee has approved it for inclusion in the SCSI Block Commands feature set (SBC-4). The industry-leading feature will be used in products making use of the popular Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) protocol that delivers the performance and reliability required for enterprise-class storage.

The AL13SX delivers mission critical disk drive performance in up to 600GB

IRVINE, Calif. -- March 11, 2015 -- The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces the addition of 12.0 Gbit/s1 SAS interface 512 native and Advanced Format models to its 15,000RPM Enterprise Performance Class HDD model line. These newest additions are specifically designed for mission-critical workloads, delivering the benefits of 12.0 Gbit/s SAS host transfer rate and enhanced power management features for integration with rack-optimized data centers. Customer applications such as OLTP and databases will see improved performance from faster host transfer rates using 12.0 Gbit/s SAS controllers. Also, new AL13SX series models supporting 4K native sector technology may further improve application performance in supported environments.

ATTO Expands 12Gb ExpressSA™ HBA Line

Representing the latest advancement in SAS Technology with internal and external connectivity

Amherst, New York (January 28, 2015) - ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage, network connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments for more than 25 years, today announced it has further expanded its line of 12Gb ExpressSA™ Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) with three new models.

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is rapidly evolving with new Zone Block Command feature for enhanced capabilities in enterprise storage deployments

SAN FRANCISCO - January 27, 2015 -- The SCSI Trade Association (STA) (http://www.scsita.org/), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, today announced its newly elected Board of Directors for 2015. The entire board roster was reelected.

High-Port HBAs Now Shipping to Provide Industry's Highest Performance, Maximum Connectivity With Nearly 2 Million IOPS to Meet Growing Demands for Software-Defined Data Centers, Web and Cloud Storage

SAN JOSE, Calif. and SINGAPORE, Dec. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avago Technologies (Nasdaq:AVGO) today announced expansion of its industry-leading family of 12Gb/s SAS host bus adapters (HBAs) by shipping new 16-port solutions. The new 9300-16i HBA will join the Avago family of high-port-count SAS HBAs. With the versatility of 16 ports using internal or external storage connectivity, 12Gb/s SAS bandwidth, and nearly 2 million IOPS of performance, the Avago SAS 9300 HBA family, which offers 4-, 8- and 16-port options, enables OEMs and system builders to deliver maximum connectivity for high-end servers and storage systems that exceed the most demanding requirements for data centers, web, and cloud.

Fourth consecutive Plugfest focused on 12Gb/s SAS technology included extensive testing of systems of multiple SAS end devices connected through multiple SAS expanders

SAN FRANCISCO - December 2, 2014 -- Demonstrating that Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology delivers the performance and reliability required for enterprise-class storage, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) today announced the successful completion of its 16th SAS Plugfest. The fourth for 12Gb/s SAS, the event was held September 22-26, 2014, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). Twenty one companies, including both STA members and non-members, participated.

PMC's I/O Controllers Enable OEMs and ODMs to Provide Customized Server Hardware for Hyperscale Deployments at 2X the Density and up to 40% Less Power

SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 17, 2014 - PMC-Sierra, Inc. (PMC®) (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data, today announced the company is first to ship 16-port 12Gb/s SAS and 16-port 6Gb/s SATA I/O controller solutions. PMC's data center I/O products enable OEMs and ODMs to design cost-effective customized server hardware for hyperscale deployments, such as Open Compute, Windows Cloud Servers, OpenStack and Project Scorpio. The devices have the industry's highest port density, lowest power and are capable of more than 1,000,000 I/Os per second to support the most demanding cloud software applications.

The world's leading server manufacturers select Avago advanced 12Gb/s SAS and intelligent MegaRAID solutions for technology innovation that delivers proven data center connectivity and data protection

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., September 10, 2014

Avago Technologies (NASDAQ: AVGO) today announced its advanced lineup of 12Gb/s SAS storage solutions has been chosen to power more than 250 new server models based on the recently announced Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 product family. Leading server manufacturers have selected Avago 12Gb/s SAS and MegaRAID® solutions to provide the field-proven technology demanded by next-generation server platforms that run data-intensive applications.

Adaptec Expander PCIe Card Provides 24 Ports of High-Performance HDD and SSD Connectivity for Next-Generation Servers

SUNNYVALE, Calif., August 26, 2014 - PMC-Sierra, Inc. (PMC®) (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data, today announced the industry's first 12Gb/s SAS expander card to enable density-optimized servers, the fastest growing segment of the worldwide server market according to IDC1. The Adaptec® 12Gb/s SAS expander card enables flexible, high-density server architectures that can expand as data center storage needs grow. It provides 36 ports in a PCI Express® (PCIe®) low-profile form factor, with internal connectivity for up to 24 SAS or SATA drives and eight additional external ports to connect JBODs for even greater capacity expansion on a single RAID controller or Host Bus Adapter. The expander card enables modular passive backplane architectures to reduce server variants and increase data center operating efficiency (see Figure 1).

Flash Memory Summit, Santa Clara, CA August 5, 2014 - Teledyne LeCroy, a worldwide leader in serial data test solutions, has upgraded the SAS Verification suite to support Serial Attached SCSI 3.0 (12Gb/s) solid state drive (SSD) and hard disk drive (HDD) testing. Available as a software option for the Sierra M122/M124 protocol analyzer platform, the suite provides an automated, turnkey test application that allows storage developers to screen devices for conformance to the SAS 3.0 specification.

New Ultrastar 12Gb/s SAS SSD Family Delivers Enterprise-Class Endurance and Performance

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 28, 2014 — HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), today announced its next-generation of Ultrastar® 12Gb/s SAS solid-state drives (SSDs) with capacities up to 1.6TB. Building upon its award-winning first generation 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, the new Ultrastar SSD800MH.B, Ultrastar SSD1600MM and Ultrastar SSD1600MR are the ideal building blocks for server and storage systems running today's performance-sensitive enterprise applications.

World's first 1.8 TB 10K Drive Delivers a 2.5X Boost in Random Performance and a Next-Generation 12Gb/s SAS Interface, Establishing a New Standard for 10K RPM HDDs

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 9, 2014 — HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), today announced that it is now shipping the world's highest capacity and highest performing 10K RPM hard disk drive (HDD) - the Ultrastar® C10K1800. Based on HGST's field proven high-quality design, the 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF), enterprise-class Ultrastar® C10K1800 combines high capacity with a significant improvement in both random write and sequential performance for mission-critical storage applications requiring 24/7 availability.

First end-to-end copper and optical SAS 3.0 I/O solution with multi-plugging capability

LISLE, IL - June 17, 2014 - Molex Incorporated announces the launch of its new comprehensive iPass+™ High-Density Interconnect System, comprised of host-side board connectors, internal and external copper cable assemblies and Active Optical Cables (AOCs) capable of transporting SAS 3.0, 12 Gbps signals in lengths up to 100 meters. The enhanced iPass+ HD system is designed and engineered to meet the new performance standards for speed and density.

New 12Gb/s SAS Product Family Complements Existing Portfolio to Meet the Performance, Durability and Capacity Requirements Across a Breadth of Enterprise Application Workloads

MILPITAS, Calif. April 30, 2014 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the Lightning® Gen. II family of enterprise-class 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drives (SSDs). The Lightning Gen. II 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, together with the newly announced Optimus MAX™ 4TB1 SAS SSD and updated Optimus® SSD product family, help businesses meet the performance, uptime and capacity requirements across the wide range of mixed-use, read- and write-intensive application workloads common in today's data centers.

New 2.5-inch HDDs in capacities up to 600GB with optional self-encryption

IRVINE, Calif. - March 3, 2014 — The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces new additions to the enterprise capacity hard disk drives (HDD) - the AL13SXB and the self-encrypting AL13SXQ. With a 2.5-inch form factor, the AL13SXB and AL13SXQ have 15mm z-height and spin at speeds up to 15,000 rotations per minute (RPM), making the AL13SX series suitable for mission critical enterprise storage applications.

New, 2.5-inch 600GB Ultrastar® C15K600 HDDs, and the Newly FIPS 140-2 Certified 12Gb/s SAS Ultrastar SSD, Complement HGST's Growing Line of Reliable, Enterprise-Class Storage Solutions for Improving Storage Density and Lowering Power in High-Performance Computing Environments

SAN JOSE, Calif., February 26, 2014 - HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), today announced that it is shipping a new family of high-performance, high-capacity, 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF), 15K RPM enterprise-class hard disk drives (HDD) - the Ultrastar C15K600 family. Delivering best-in-class performance and capacity in one streamlined solution, the new Ultrastar C15K600 family enables higher density and higher performing servers, blades and network storage arrays all while reducing space requirements, lowering cooling costs and improving total cost of ownership (TCO). - See more.

Extends first-to-market 12Gb/s SAS leadership with end-to-end storage solutions to benefit enterprise and hyperscale cloud environments

SAN JOSE, Calif., November 20, 2013 - At its annual Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS), LSI Corporation (NASDAQ: LSI) today introduced its new family of 12Gb/s SAS MegaRAID® controller cards and expanders, built to power leading datacenters worldwide. As the proliferation of applications, data and mobile devices continues to place demands on datacenters, the new family of LSI storage solutions offers innovative technology for increased performance and improved enterprise RAID data protection.

12Gb/s SAS milestone reached with T10 technical committee forwarding SAS 3 specification to INCITS organization

SAN FRANCISCO - November 13, 2013 — As Enterprise storage continues to demand higher performance to meet rising workload levels and higher reliability to push down total cost of ownership, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) today announced two 12Gb/s SAS storage interface technology milestones, signaling the technology's continued success in meeting these industry needs.

Asustek, Fujitsu, Gigabyte, Huawei, Intel and Supermicro select LSI® 12Gb/s SAS and MegaRAID® solutions for new datacenter servers

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Calif., September 11, 2013 - LSI Corporation (NASDAQ: LSI) today announced that its 12Gb/s SAS storage solutions will power more than 100 new server models based on today's announced Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v2 Product Family. Leading server manufacturers that have selected LSI® 12Gb/s SAS and MegaRAID® solutions to provide accelerated storage performance and enterprise data protection for their next-generation server platforms include Asustek, Fujitsu, Gigabyte, Huawei, Intel, Supermicro and others.

Brings greater than 50 percent throughput performance gain with LSI 12Gb/s MegaRAID controller, Intel server and HGST SSDs

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Calif., September 10, 2013 - LSI Corporation (NASDAQ: LSI) today announced it is demonstrating 12Gb/s SAS performance at this year's Intel Developer Forum. Using an LSI® 12Gb/s MegaRAID® controller, an Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v2 processor-based server and eight HGST 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, the 12Gb/s system delivers a throughput increase of over 50 percent compared to a 6Gb/s SAS system.

Xyratex to demonstrate this advanced storage technology at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, CA, September 10-12

Havant, UK - September 9, 2013 - Xyratex Ltd (Nasdaq: XRTX), a leading provider of data storage technology, today announced the introduction of 12Gb/s SAS technology into its OneStor™ line of enterprise-class modular storage enclosures. This industry-first technology doubles the data transfer speed between the storage enclosure and the host server, significantly increasing the performance of I/O and bandwidth intensive applications. The availability of 12Gb/s SAS technology enables Xyratex's OEM customers to get to market faster with the most advanced storage solution.

Introduction of Adaptec Series 8 12Gb/s SAS RAID Adapters Establishes PMC as the Only Supplier of End-to-End 12G Architecture from Controller to SSD

SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 4, 2013 - PMC® (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data, today introduced the Adaptec® Series 8 12Gb/s SAS RAID Adapter family for high-performance server and networked storage. Combined with PMC's I/O protocol controllers, RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controllers, SAS expanders, solid state drive (SSD) controllers and advanced software, PMC provides the industry's only complete 12Gb/s SAS architecture to access the untapped performance of 12Gb/s SSDs. Systems designed with PMC's solutions can provide double the overall storage connectivity as competing solutions, with less components, space and power. PMC's 12Gb/s SAS architecture is optimized to deliver the performance, flexibility and density needed for dynamic data in cloud computing, content delivery networks, and mission-critical database applications.

Enterprise SAS/Fibre Channel SSD Leader Produces the Industry's Highest Performance SAS SSDs for Demanding Financial and Online Transaction Processing, Cloud Computing and Big Data Environments

Industry-leading, 2.5-inch, 12Gb/s SAS SSD family includes:

  • High Endurance Ultrastar™ SSD800MH - sequential throughput of up to 1,200MB/s read and 750MB/s write; up to 145,000 read and 100,000 sustained write IOPS; up to 800GB; and the highest endurance rating at 25 full drive writes per day (DW/D) to support high-frequency trading and online transaction processing.
  • Mainstream Endurance Ultrastar SSD800MM - sequential throughput of up to 1,200MB/s read and 700MB/s write; up to 145,000 read and 70,000 sustained write IOPS; up to 800GB; and a high endurance rating at 10 full DW/D to support online gaming, big data and cloud computing.
  • Read Intensive Ultrastar SSD1000MR - sequential throughput of up to 1,200MB/s read and 700MB/s write; up to 145,000 read and 20,000 sustained write IOPS; up to 1,000GB (1TB); and an endurance rating at two full DW/D to support online audio/video streaming, cloud computing and other Internet applications.

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 9, 2013 - HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC) today announced the industry's fastest and most advanced enterprise-class, multi level cell (MLC) SAS SSD family - the Ultrastar SSD800MH, Ultrastar SSD800MM and Ultrastar SSD1000MR. From the market share leader in enterprise SAS/FC SSDs, these HGST drives are the first to double today's SAS interface speed. Designed for the most demanding applications where "hot" data is accessed frequently, such as high-frequency trading, online banking, cloud computing, online gaming, and big data analytics, HGST's new 12Gb/s SAS SSDs help increase input/output per second (IOPS) and improve response times to mission-critical data in cloud and traditional IT datacenters environments.

SAS is a proven platform for innovation and offers superior enterprise-class system performance, reliability, connectivity and scalability

SAN FRANCISCO - March 25, 2013 — In a digital world where data can quickly become "business critical" for server and data storage OEMs, system builders and end-users, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) today announced two important developments in the advancement of the 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage interface. SAS is a proven storage interface based on the SCSI protocol that has the stability to tackle the most critical storage demands, without unnecessary complexities and integration challenges.

12Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip and I/O controllers deliver performance required for next-generation server and external storage platforms

CEBIT, HANNOVER, GERMANY, March 5, 2013 — LSI Corporation (NASDAQ: LSI) today announced the company is first to ship production-level 12Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (ROC) and I/O controller solutions to OEM customers. 12Gb/s SAS technology is designed to deliver double the data transfer rate of prior SAS solutions and unleashes the full performance potential of next-generation enterprise systems deploying high-performance solid-state storage.

12Gb/s SAS products expected in production volumes in 2013 along with advancement of SCSI Express technology

SAN FRANCISCO - February 5, 2013 — The SCSI Trade Association (STA) (http://www.scsita.org/), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, today announced its newly elected Board of Directors for 2013. After appointments to the board were made in July 2012 due to job changes and a retirement, the entire board roster was reelected.

Physical level testing of 12 Gb/s SAS technology unveils the ability of this higher performance storage interface to speed access to data in critical applications

SAN FRANCISCO - September 5, 2012 -- With a focus on the emerging 12 Gb/s SAS storage interface that provides a roadmap to higher performance, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) today announced the successful completion of the13th Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Plugfest held August 20-24, 2012, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). STA is a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology. Twenty-one companies, including both STA members and non-members, participated in the Plugfest event.

Doubles I/O storage performance and alleviates bottlenecks to help manage explosive data demands for cloud and enterprise datacenters

MILPITAS, Calif., July 17, 2012 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that its 12Gb/s SAS technology has been selected by Xyratex to power its next-generation storage systems. Xyratex will include the LSI® 12Gb/s I/O controller and expander, featuring DataBolt™ technology, to provide customers with leading-edge solutions to handle the scale and performance requirements brought on by rapidly growing storage demands.

Protocol Analysis for 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)

STA Technology Showcase, Santa Clara, CA, May 9, 2012 - LeCroy Corporation, the worldwide leader in protocol test solutions, today announced the addition of the Sierra M124 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Protocol Analyzer platform to its leading Sierra protocol analyzer line of products; supporting protocol testing and debugging of all 12Gb/s SAS and legacy SAS storage interfaces. Previously, LeCroy has provided the Storage industry with the broadest range of test capabilities in the SCSI protocol test market. Now, along with today's announcement of the Summit PCIe protocol analyzer line's support of SCSI Express, LeCroy is also extending this commitment to the next generation of SAS.

Achieve improved performance benefits of 12Gb/s SAS with existing 6Gb/s drive infrastructure
 
LSI to demonstrate DataBolt technology, together with Xyratex, at the SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase

MILPITAS, Calif., May 8, 2012 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced DataBolt™ bandwidth optimizer technology, a unique performance acceleration feature for LSI® 12Gb/s SAS solutions designed to allow users to take advantage of 12Gb/s speeds while using existing 6Gb/s drive infrastructure.

Industry Storage Event Highlights PMC Products in Key SAS Demonstrations

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 8, 2012 - PMC® (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor innovator transforming storage, optical and mobile networks, today announced its participation and sponsorship of the SCSI Trade Association (STA) Technology Showcase. PMC will demonstrate its industry leading 12Gb/s SAS, 6Gb/s SAS and SSD caching products at this event for customers, industry analysts, editors and partners.

Technical milestones at conference to help pave the way for commercial deployment

Cupertino, Calif. -- May 7, 2012 -- Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) will demonstrate a variety of technologies at the SCSI Trade Association (STA) Technology Showcase this week aimed at improving the performance of servers, datacenters and cloud computing applications, including the first public demonstration of solid-state drives operating at 12 gigabits per second.

Doubling Today's Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Speed, 12Gb/s SAS SSDs and HDDs will be the Drives of Choice for Future Generations of High-Performance Enterprise Servers and Storage Solutions;

HGST is Participating in the SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase on May 9, 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 1, 2012 - HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NYSE: WDC) today announced the storage industry's first technology demonstration of a 12 gigabit per second (12Gb/s) SAS solid state drive (SSD), representing the next performance step in the evolution of SAS, the preferred interface technology for enterprise servers and storage solutions. HGST is participating in the 12Gb/s SAS demonstration at the SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase on May 9, 2012, at the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Clara, Calif.

Controllers Deliver Greater than Two Million IOPS and Expanders Provide 68 Ports of SAS Connectivity to Enable Mainstream SSD Deployment

SUNNYVALE, Calif., January 31, 2012 - PMC-Sierra, Inc., (Nasdaq:PMCS) or PMC, the semiconductor innovator transforming storage, optical and mobile networks, today announced availability of its 12Gb/s SAS protocol controllers, RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controllers and expanders to enable breakthrough performance and scalability for server and networked storage. High-performance solid state drives (SSDs) can deliver up to 100 times more I/Os per second (IOPS) than traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), creating the need for a new class of storage controller. PMC's 12Gb/s SAS controllers are optimized for performance to solve this need and release the full potential of SSDs. With the addition of the industry's highest port count expanders, PMC's 12Gb/s solution delivers 40 percent more drive connectivity than competitive solutions, enabling a new generation of scalable tiered storage for corporate and cloud data centers.

Technology demonstration to highlight significant performance benefits of 12Gb/s SAS with existing 6Gb/s drive infrastructure

ACCELERATING INNOVATION SUMMIT, MILPITAS, Calif., November 15, 2011 — LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced it is demonstrating the industry's first 12Gb/s SAS expander IC this week at the LSI Accelerating Innovation Summit and Technology Showcase in Milpitas, Calif.

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) remains the proven platform for storage innovation and the gold standard for enterprise computing

SAN FRANCISCO - November 9, 2011 — Creating significant news for data storage OEMs, system builders and end-users who are seeking fast, flexible and reliable data access, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) (http://www.scsita.org/) today announced the definition and standardization phase of 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology is progressing as anticipated. STA, a non-profit industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, also noted that the development and testing of components such as cables, connectors, protocol analyzers and controllers based on this new generation of SAS for storage solutions has begun in earnest.

STA looks to the future as SSD devices and dynamic zoning gain in popularity and new features such as 12Gb/s SAS and optical connections begin to unveil themselves

SAN FRANCISCO - October 4, 2011 — The SCSI Trade Association (STA) (http://www.scsita.org/), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced today that the 12th Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Plugfest was held September 19-23, 2011, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). Sixteen companies, including both STA members and non-members, attended the event.

LSI® SAS ROC delivers I/O performance levels needed to unlock the full potential of flash storage and forthcoming PCI Express 3.0-based server platforms

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Calif., September 13, 2011 — LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced it is demonstrating its next-generation 12Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (ROC) technology this week, September 13-15, at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco.

The IDF demonstration showcases a single 8-port 12Gb/s SAS ROC IC achieving over 1.2 million IOPS (I/O operations per second) running small block sequential reads/writes in a PCI Express® 2.0 direct-attached storage configuration connected to eight 6Gb/s Seagate® SAS 2.5-inch hard disk drives.

Technology demonstrations for OEM customers break the million IOPS performance barrier with a single 8-port RAID-on-Chip ICM

MILPITAS, Calif., July 25, 2011 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced the industry's first sample shipments of 12Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (ROC), controller and expander ICs to server and external storage OEMs, underscoring LSI® leadership in the SAS market segment. By providing customers with early samples of 12Gb/s SAS silicon, LSI is delivering a key technology milestone and laying the foundation for the anticipated SCSI Trade Association 12Gb/s SAS Plugfest in mid-2012.