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STA Sees Strong SAS Market Ahead

San Francisco, November 13, 2006 — The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association, established to support and to promote SCSI technology, sees the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) market achieving the level promised two years ago. To date, about half of STA member companies have introduced in excess of 75 SAS products to the market, providing all of the components and sub-systems, as well as the features and speeds required by system integrators and OEMs to build SAS-based storage systems.

Contributed article that appeared in October 2006 issue of SNS-Europe
by: Paul Vogt, Adaptec

In the past year, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) has evolved from the conceptual next generation of SCSI to products that offer increased performance and flexibility in the real world. The ubiquitous availability of SAS offers new freedom to use a single storage platform to meets a wide range of performance, capability, capacity, and price requirements.

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STA Booth Shows SAS Features and Strengths of Products Available Today from Adaptec, Fujitsu CPA, LSI Logic and Seagate

  • STA will be located in booth number 618 on the show floor. Member companies, Adaptec, Fujitsu, LSI Logic and Seagate will display their Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) products in the STA booth. Products include:
    • Adaptec: several models of SAS RAID and Ultra320 SCSI RAID
    • Fujitsu: 2.5" (10K rpm) and 3.5" (15K rpm) enterprise HDDs
    • LSI Logic: PCI-X and PCI Express to SAS HBAs and MegaRAID adapters
    • Seagate: 2.5" (10K rpm) and 3.5" (15K rpm) enterprise HDDs
  • Press attendees are invited to pick up a STA press kit from the booth with IDF releases from several of the 18 STA members exhibiting at IDF.
  • The STA booth will hand out SAS literature and take sign-ups for the free Serial Storage Wire (SSW) newsletter plus a new SAS poster, as follows:
    • SAS Integrator's Guide
    • "The Best of Serial Storage Wire" brochure with a selection of SAS articles
    • Sign up to receive the free SSW newsletter
    • Sign up to receive a free SAS poster
  • IDF press events, Sneak Peek and Welcome Reception, are on the show floor on Tues. evening, Sept. 26, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Stop by the STA booth.

STA Presents Joint SAS-SATA Tutorial

  • STA will be located in booth number 134 on the show floor. The booth will contain recently produced Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) literature and sign-ups for the free Serial Storage Wire (SSW) newsletter and SAS poster.
    • SAS Integrator's Guide
    • User`s Guide to Serial Attached SCSI
    • "The Best of Serial Storage Wire" with a selection of SAS articles from the first two years of publication of the newsletter
    • Sign up to receive the free SSW newsletter on SAS
    • Sign up to receive a free SAS poster
  • On Thursday, Sept. 21, 10:05-11:00am in Waterfront Ballroom 1, Harry Mason of LSI Logic and President of STA, will join forces with Joni Clark of Seagate, in presenting a tutorial on Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA).
  • Harry Mason of LSI Logic and Marty Czekalski of Seagate will hold numerous press and analyst briefings on Wednesday and Thursday. Please contact Lea Schwartz if you would like to schedule a SAS briefing.

Silent Revolution in the Storage Market

Contributed article that appeared in September 2006 issue of SNS-Europe
by: LSI Logic

Flexibility with SAS, SATA and Fibre Channel The storage market is currently undergoing a fundamental change: Two technologies, parallel SCSI and ATA, are being replaced by serial successors. But there's no need to rush; compatibility and market factors will ensure a peaceful coexistence is maintained for a long time yet.

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San Francisco, June 5, 2006 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced today that the Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) is celebrating twenty five years of excellence in providing the leading storage I/O technology to enterprise systems worldwide. At its zenith, SCSI held more than 80% of the market in storage I/O. The successor to SCSI, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), is rapidly replacing legacy SCSI as the leadership storage technology.

April 24-28 Plugfest Features Largest Fabric Build to Date

San Francisco, May 22, 2006 - SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), announced today that the sixth Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) plugfest was held April 24-28. The tests emphasized large system builds and the performance of fabrics during attempts to disrupt the data flow. Fifteen STA members attended the plugfest (see page two for a list of the attending members).

The highlight of the plugfest was the array of large system builds (of which there were several), configured as the largest, most complex fabric to date. The system builds contained many servers, enclosures, HBAs, expanders, analyzers, hard disk drives, tape drives, and an active multiplexer (MUX), provided by the attending vendors. All of the large builds were stable configurations and were successfully tested by hot-plugging and swapping drives. These tests verified that broadcast change notifications did not disrupt the fabric which would cause the system to stop transferring data.

Serial Attached SCSI T10 Standards Committee Becomes an Early User of Small Form Factor SAS Disk Drives

San Francisco, April 17, 2006 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced today that the T10 technology and standards committee, which has the INCITS1 mandate for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology development and standardization, is the recipient of a new HP server. The server, an HP ProLiant DL580 G3, was installed recently. All files have been transferred from the previous server and operational support for T10 members and committees has begun.

Storage Industry Invited to a SAS Solutions Open House Crystal Room, Fairmont Hotel, San Jose

San Francisco, March 20, 2006 -The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, invites the Silicon Valley storage industry to join them in the Crystal Room, Fairmont Hotel, Tuesday, May 9.

San Francisco, January 30, 2006 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced their newly elected Board of Directors for 2006. Re-elected to the position of president was Harry Mason of LSI Logic, president from 1995 through 2000 and again from 2002 to 2006.