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November 1-5 Plugfest Brings SAS Manufacturers Together to Assure Delivery of Interoperable SAS Products in 2005

SAN FRANCISCO and DURHAM, NH -- Dec. 6, 2004 — The largest-ever multi-company SAS plugfest to date brought more than 100 engineers together to fine-tune their company's storage products and to foster interoperability between Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage devices, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and the SCSI Trade Association (STA) announced today.

SAS is the rapidly-advancing, high-speed alternative to SCSI technology being used today. It represents a reincarnation of the long-established SCSI protocol in a powerful form designed to meet the ever-growing performance requirements of enterprise data centers.

Third Serial Attached SCSI Plugfest Tests Products For Market In 4th Quarter and Early 2005

SAN FRANCISCO and DURHAM, NH - Oct. 19, 2004 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry consortium established to support and promote SCSI technology and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) announced today that the third Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) plugfest of the year will be held from November 1-5 at UNH-IOL. The UNH-IOL laboratory is hosting the event in its 32,000 square foot Durham facility. An open invitation to attend is extended to any company interested in advancing SAS technology and bringing SAS products to market.

SAS Demonstrations Highlight Dual-port SAS Drive Reliability/Scalability and SAS/SATA Drives in a SAS System Showing Performance/Flexibility

San Francisco, Sept. 7, 2004 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry consortium established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced today that it is showing two live SAS demonstrations in the STA booth (booth number 939, Moscone Convention Center), at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, September 7-9.

Special Two-day SAS/SATA Interoperability Session Fulfills Purpose

SAN FRANCISCO, July 19, 2004 — The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry consortium established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced that the second Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) plugfest, held June 21-25 at UNH-IOL, achieved major milestones in advancing the interoperability of SAS products. A special session on June 23-24 tested the interoperability of Serial ATA (SATA) products operating within SAS component infrastructures.

New STA Membership Opportunity Offered for Non-member Attendees to the SAS/SATA Test Session

San Francisco, May 10, 2004 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry consortium established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced that a special test session on June 23-24 has been scheduled during the next Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) plugfest to test the interoperability of Serial ATA (SATA) products operating within a SAS component infrastructure. The special session is open to non-member vendors for $2,000, and is expected to be a recurring event at each subsequent SAS plugfest.

Easing The Migration from Parallel to Serial Storage (PDF)
This white paper, written by Adaptec, discusses the reasons for and challenges of moving from a parallal to a serial storage configuration. Readers will learn about new storage technologies with serial architectures that provide higher performance and capacity scalability and enable denser designs are emerging to streamline IT operations and reduce total storage ownership costs.

Rapid data growth among companies of all sizes is sending IT departments scrambling for cost-effective ways to store more information under tightening budgets. A new class of data - reference information - is driving much of this growth. This infrequently accessed data such as email, presentations, documents, graphics and variety of images including CAD/CAM drawings, medical X-rays and bank checks is placing especially acute cost pressures on small and midsize businesses (SMBs), the market segment accounting for the bulk of reference data growth but the one typically with the smallest IT budgets. The result: SMBs, along with their enterprise counterparts, are seeking out cost-effective alternatives to enterprise-class disk drives for this exploding class of information. They also continue to explore ways to reduce the cost of storing high-demand database information and other bandwidth-intensive transactional data.

Sixteen Companies Test Their Products for Interoperability

San Francisco and Durham, N. H., March 17, 2004 — The UNH InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and the SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, concluded the industry's first full-scale Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interoperability plugfest. The test event, held March 1-5, included many of the industry's leading disk drive, controller, test equipment, cable, connector and system suppliers. Engineers tested SAS components and systems for multi-vendor interoperability.

Participating companies included Adaptec, Inc., Amphenol, Catalyst Enterprises, CATC, Data Transit, Dell Corp., Expert Analytical Systems, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi GST, I-Tech Corp., LSI Logic Corp., Maxtor Corp., Molex, PMC-Sierra and Seagate Technology.

San Francisco, February 16, 2004 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member run industry consortium established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced their newly elected Board of Directors for 2004. Re-elected to the presidency was Harry Mason of LSI Logic, president from 1995 through 2000 and again from 2002 to 2004.

Sign up For STA's New Free "Serial Storage Wire" e-Newsletter at the STA Booth, # 647

San Francisco, February 16, 2004 — The SCSI Trade Association (STA) will be exhibiting at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), an industry opportunity for technology and computing firms to exchange information and ideas. The conference will take place in San Francisco's Moscone West Convention Center from February 17-19, 2004. In addition to exhibiting in booth # 647, STA is presenting a double session class and Harry Mason, President of the STA Board of Directors, will participate on the IDF storage panel from 6:30 to 8pm, Tuesday evening, February 17, at the Argent Hotel. STA will also participate in a SAS "Birds of a Feather" session on Thursday, February 19, from noon to 12:45pm at the Argent Hotel, Cornell Room.

Standardization Supports Product Deployment in 2004

San Francisco and Washington DC, January 28, 2004 — The SCSI Trade Association (STA) and the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) announced today that the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) standard has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The SAS standard is designated as ANSI/INCITS 376-2003 and can be purchased through the INCITS website at http://www.INCITS.org.