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SAN FRANCISCO and LONDON, 24 SEPTEMBER, 2007 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA) and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Europe announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to geographically expand the reach of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology and marketing information resources currently offered to members, end-users and reseller channels in the USA. Under the agreement, SNIA Europe will represent STA in the European, Middle East and African (EMEA) markets. In addition, SNIA Europe will receive and implement STA's future marketing plans and roadmaps. The agreement is effective immediately.

Harry Mason, Director of Industry Marketing, LSI Corporation and President of STA, commented, "STA has been working with SNIA Europe for the past three years and with SAS becoming an integral part of enterprise storage, it was time to formalize our co-marketing arrangement. SNIA Europe's strong presence in EMEA will enormously help STA's effort to reach that geographic area with the SAS message. With the support of SNIA Europe, STA looks forward to implementing a broad SAS marketing program in the EMEA region."

Eleven STA Member Companies Participate in STA Booth # 324, "SAS in the Data Center"

DF, San Francisco, CA - SCSI Trade Association (STA) will exhibit Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) products in booth # 324. With SAS product deployment advancing exponentially around the globe, the demand for products is predicted to significantly increase each year going forward. Using the theme, "SAS in the Data Center," STA will feature a static product display, exhibiting the products listed below. Eleven STA member companies are sponsoring the STA exhibit and providing products for the display, as follows:

July 23-27 SAS Plugfest Featured SAS and SATA HDDs, Enclosures and Cabling Product Testing

San Francisco, August 20, 2007 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced today that the seventh Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) plugfest was held July 23-27, 2007, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). The plugfest was attended by both STA member and non-member companies. See page two for a list of the attending STA members.

Tests made available to attendees Included:

  • Single zoning
  • Multiple zones
  • Interoperability of Serial ATA (SATA) drives in a SAS environment

FAQ on Gartner HDD SAS Research

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STA Proclaims SAS HDD Usage Rate is a Leading Indicator of Explosive Future Demand

SAN FRANCISCO, June 25, 2007 — The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced that 3Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) will replace Ultra320 SCSI as the hard disk drive (HDD) interface of choice in standard high volume servers during 2007. A recent Gartner research report, Dataquest Alert: Serial Attached SCSI to Dominate in 2007, by John Monroe, Research VP, Gartner Dataquest, covers the multi-user SAS HDD market, citing 4.15 million, or 11.2 percent, of all multi-user HDDs utilized in 2006 were SAS drives. When combined with 2005 SAS HDD shipments (the first year SAS HDDs shipped in any significant volume, according to Gartner), the installed base of SAS HDDs at the end of 2006 totaled nearly 4.5 million units. The Report predicts that almost 12 million SAS HDDs will ship this year.

SAS — Storage Flexibility, Seamless Migration

WinHEC, Los Angeles, CA - The SCSI Trade Association (STA) - will exhibit 3Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) products in booth # 116. STA members, sponsoring the exhibit and providing products for the booth displays, consist of the following companies who will collectively exhibit 15 products - many of which are listed here.

LSI and AIC Minimize Total Cost of Storage Ownership with SAS/SATA Solutions for a Broad Range of Markets

For SATA or SAS Functionality, Design Right First Time™ with Scalable LSI HBAs and MegaRAID┬« SAS Adapters Coupled with Turnkey Chassis from Advanced Industrial Computer (AIC)
Multi-level Partnership
Advanced Industrial Computer (AIC) (http://www.aicipc.com) is one of the industry's leading designers and manufacturers of rack-mount Server and Data Storage enclosure solutions. With over 100 years of combined experience between the mechanical, electronic, and system-level engineering teams, AIC leads the industry in all categories. With a complete silicon-to-systems portfolio of storage solutions, LSI develops multi- level partnerships with companies such as AIC to assure differentiated solutions that are valued by the end customer.

iGLASS Selects Solid Access USSD 200 with LSI SAS HBA Solution to Achieve a Remarkably Fast Storage System

iGLASS Nnetworks (http://www.iglass.net) provides innovative, measurable, network monitoring and management solutions for companies of all sizes. By combining its knowledge of networks with its in-depth understanding of the underlying principles of network communications, iGLASS offers a variety of services customized to meet each client's individual needs. As a SaaS (Software as a Service) provider of innovative outsourced network-monitoring solutions, it provides accurate, proactive monitoring of 6.5 million devices and management services for clients in the U.S.

San Francisco, February 12, 2007 - 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 2007. Re-elected to the position of president was Harry Mason of LSI Logic, now president for the sixth consecutive year.

STA Background Document

STA's Charter
The SCSI Trade Association (STA) was established in 1995 as a member-run organization to provide a focal point for members to communicate the benefits of the small computer system interface (SCSI) to the storage industry. For more than twelve years, STA promoted the understanding and use of SCSI technology and influenced the evolution of SCSI standards. It now promotes the new generation SCSI technology, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS). SAS components entered the market in the fall of 2004 and usage escalated rapidly in the fourth quarter of 2006. Indications across the storage industry are that SAS implementations will become the predominant enterprise disk drive interconnect within the next year. A nine-member Board of Directors oversees the Marketing Communications Committee, the SAS Technology Liaison and directs all STA activities.

25+ Years of SCSI History
In 2001, SCSI celebrated its first 20 years as the leading industry storage I/O technology. Seven generations of Parallel SCSI were developed during that period. Ultra320 SCSI was the last generation, entering the market in late 2001. In 2006, the first 25 years of SCSI was celebrated, with additional excitement surrounding the new SCSI generation, SAS.

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
The T10 committee accepted STA's SAS proposal as a development project in May, 2002. STA anticipated that SAS products would enter the market in 2004, which they did, on schedule, in the second half of 2004. Now, in 2007, SAS product introduction and inplementation is accelerating with the expectation that by mid-2008, SAS will be a storage technology leader worldwide. OEM adoption is growing rapidly and quantities of SAS products have moved into the indirect channels. SAS products are ready for market when predicted, due in part to seven successful plugfests from 2004 through Aug., 2007. Early plugfests were planned to coincide with the SAS development schedule, greatly enhancing the interoperability with Serial ATA (SATA) and compatibility with earlier SCSI generations.

STA Members
STA member companies represent every segment of computing and storage, including systems, hard disk drives, peripherals, semiconductors, cables and connectors. Through constant monitoring of industry research and feedback from customers, STA members understand what the storage industry will need two, three or more years in the future. STA maintains a liaison function with the T10 Committee (see below), to ensure that future SAS technology standards will meet the industry's requirements. A roster of member companies is available on the STA web site. For membership inquiries, please contact the STA office.

T10 Standards Committee
The T10 Committee is under the auspices of INCITS (InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards), which is under ANSI (American National Standards Institute). T10 standards approved by ANSI are forwarded on to ISO to become international standards. The T10 Committee has an established track record of moving first SCSI, then SAS technology forward, all the while maintaining backward compatibility with existing implementations. T10 is currently finalizing the SAS 2.0 standard which will provide the technical and functional parameters for 6Gb/s SAS. For more information on T10, please go to http://www.t10.org.

For more Information on STA
For more information about STA and SAS, please visit the web site at http://www.scsita.org, send an email to info@scsita.org, call the STA office at (415) 561-6273 or send a fax to (415) 561-6120. STA is headquartered at 572B Ruger Street, San Francisco, CA, 94129.

Contributed article that appeared in January 2007 issue of Storage Solutions Resource Catalog
by: Susan Bobholz, Intel

The first generation of SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) products represents a major leap forward in storage technology. SAS drives have a full-duplex throughput of 3.0 Gb/s and are capable of providing a competitive advantage to enterprises that require fast access to data. While today's servers also have 3.0 Gb/s bandwidth, servers soon will be capable of communicating with storage at 6.0 Gb/s. The availability of 6.0 Gb/s SAS devices is expected to lag behind that of 6.0 Gb/s servers.

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Contributed article that appeared in January 2007 issue of SNS-Europe
by: Sam Barnett, Vitesse

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) offers a wealth of benefits to the enterprise server and enclosure customer (high reliability and performance, mixed enterprise/desktop drive support, improved economies of scale) and key to scalability and performance is the expander. This article offers a technical exploration of SAS expander technology and its usage in building tiered-storage systems for midrange and enterprise users of tomorrow.

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Solving Command Time-out Issues

Contributed article that appeared in January 2007 issue of Storage Solutions Resource Catalog
by: Mike Micheletti, LeCroy

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is a storage interface developed to meet the needs of enterprise-class storage applications. Central to the SAS value proposition is the ability to scale storage systems beyond the limits of today's parallel SCSI, using a switching technology called Expanders. Designed to provide fan-out architecture for SAS, expanders allow SAS initiators to connect up to 16,000 physical devices in a single domain.

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