Library » 2008

ATTO Delivers SAS Connectivity Solution for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Open Source Environments

Amherst, NY (December 16, 2008) - ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, today announced that the ATTO ExpressSAS H30F SAS/SATA II Host Adapter has received the NovellR YES CERTIFIED compatibility designation with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, Service Pack 1. The ExpressSAS H30F host adapter is a 16-port SAS/SATA II host adapter with transfer rates of up to 3 Gigabit per second per port with the flexibility to connect to both SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) and SATA II (Serial ATA) devices. YES CERTIFIED status assures customers that the H30F is compatible with Novell products, and that ATTO and Novell will work together to support customers that are deploying the H30F in a Novell environment.

ExpressSAS Host Adapters to Power Data-Intensive IT and Digital Media Applications

Amherst, NY (December 11, 2008) - ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, announces the immediate availability of the ExpressSAS H608 and ExpressSAS H680, the industry's only 6Gb/s SAS host adapters. Leveraging PCI Express 2.0 and 6Gb/s SAS performance, the H608 and H680 deliver the fastest available connection to SAS/SATA storage (up to 8Gb/sec. full-duplex), powering data-intensive IT and digital media applications such as email compliance, tape backup, data warehousing, high-definition video post-production and digital film production.

Plugfest Featured Testing for Product Interoperability and Compatibility

San Francisco, Nov. 24, 2008 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced today that the ninth Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) plugfest was held Nov. 10-14, 2008, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). The plugfest was attended by both STA members and non-members (see below for a list of the attending STA members).

Tests made available to attendees Included:

  • Open plugfest environment allowed competitors to interconnect and test for interoperability and compatibility.
  • Extensive pair-testing to prove compatibility between any two vendors.
  • Pair-testing also allowed vendors the time to vary the parameters to test for margin levels.
  • In addition to standard cables, active cables were also tested at longer lengths.

High-Performing SAS Drives Offer Best-in-Class Environmental Benefits

Sunnyvale, CA, November 17, 2008 - Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security solutions, today announced the launch of its 2.5-inch MBD2 RC and MBE2 RC series of 10K and 15K RPM 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) enterprise hard disk drives (HDD). When designing the latest HDDs, Fujitsu leveraged perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) to double the capacity from the previous generation product while significantly reducing power consumption. The new series of enterprise-class HDDs boast best-in-class power consumption and are the first enterprise drives from Fujitsu to be halogen-free(1).

Breaks the Barrier in Operational Efficiency and Redefines Midrange Storage Features Industry's First Dynamic Load Balancing Storage Controller and SAS Backplane Architecture

SNW FALL, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 13, 2008 - Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT) and the only provider of Services Oriented Storage Solutions, today unveiled its next-generation line-up of midrange storage systems, the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) 2000 Series. Breaking new ground in operational efficiency, Hitachi Data Systems is introducing a wide range of pioneering technologies, previously unavailable on a midrange storage platform, that deliver improved performance, connectivity, scalability, reliability and ease-of-use to midrange customers, and demonstrate Hitachi's rich heritage of world-class storage innovation. Customers benefit by implementing a sophisticated, cost-effective midrange storage platform that can scale to better address their growing storage environments and diverse application requirements.

OEMs sampling new SAS-to-SATA bridge cards and 16-port storage processor for external storage systems

STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, DALLAS, Tex., October 14, 2008 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced significant extensions to its SAS portfolio with the introduction of the industry's first 6Gb/s SAS-to-SATA bridge cards and 16-port SAS storage processor. The new 6Gb/s SAS components for external storage applications extend the industry's broadest portfolio of SAS solutions. Major OEMs are sampling the new 6Gb/s SAS products to gain a time-to-market advantage for the deployment of next-generation SAS infrastructure solutions.

Dell, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, IBM, Intel, NEC, and Sun Microsystems select LSI RAID-On-Chip and SAS technology to provide enabling silicon and software solutions

MILPITAS, Calif., October 22, 2008 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that Dell, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, IBM, Intel, NEC and Sun Microsystems have selected its 6Gb/s SAS RAID-On-Chip (ROC) solution to enable next-generation entry- to enterprise- server platforms. According to IDC estimates*, 6Gb/s SAS market adoption will begin in mid-to-late 2009 and is linked to the broad availability and production volume shipments of SAS ecosystem components and devices.

SNW Europe "SAS & SATA" Combine to Change the Storage Landscape"
Harry Mason & Marty Czekalski
(October 2008 - pdf)

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) allows systems to be built that accommodates large numbers of either SAS and/or SATA hard disk drives. This presentation, intended for OEM, System Builders and End-Users, describes the capabilities of the SAS interface, how it's designed to interoperate with SATA drives and when combined, how these technologies can be combined to deliver some very compelling storage solutions.

STA ANNOUNCES 6Gb/s SAS

Next Generation SAS Storage Interface Ready for Prime Time

SAN FRANCISCO, September 29, 2008 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced today that the next generation of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is ready to enter the enterprise storage market after five years of research and development.

6Gb/s SAS is the marketing name for the new technology, in contrast to the name of the standard specification, SAS-2, designated by T10. The SAS-2 specification describes the features and capabilities for 6Gb/s SAS products and STA defines 6Gb/s SAS as a required set of features. The T10 Technical Committee is under the direction of the InterNational Committee for Information and Technology Standards (INCITS).

Serial Attached SCSI Establishes its Position in the Enterprise

With the advent of 6Gb/s SAS, the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) architecture and technology is growing its presence within traditional and non-traditional enterprise environments. This white paper will explore the roots of SAS technology, why the SAS architecture is well suited to enterprise markets and how the evolution of SAS technology expands its role in data centers. After addressing the increasing capabilities of SAS and how enterprise environments are deploying SAS, new growth opportunities will be discussed based on how the SAS architecture is adapting to the growing needs of the enterprise. (October 2008)

OEM customers sampling new 6Gb/s SAS controller and RAID-on-Chip ICs for interoperability and validation testing; speeding transition to complete 6Gb/s SAS ecosystem

MILPITAS, Calif., September 9, 2008 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced sample shipments of its second-generation 6Gb/s SAS controller and RAID-on-Chip (ROC) ICs to major OEM customers. With over ten million SAS ICs shipped, the products extend the industry's broadest portfolio of SAS solutions, further strengthening the company's silicon-to-systems leadership in the SAS market.

6Gb/s SAS — Industry Rollout

6Gb/s SAS — Industry Rollout
Marty Czekalski
(September 2008 - pdf)

Industry Objectives:

  • Preserve 3Gb/s SAS usage models
  • Maintain 1.5Gb/s & 3Gb/s SATA/SAS compatibility
  • Improve storage system RAS attributes
  • Reduce the number of cabling connections options
  • Double transfer rate
  • Improve cost/performance & power/bandwidth ratio
  • Reduced # of connections per Gb/s
  • Eventual compatibility with 6Gb/s SATA
  • Improved link utilization
  • Improve rack-to-rack distances

6Gb/s SAS: An Evolutionary Step for SAS Technology (PDF)

Storage demands have continued to escalate and now require more and more complex capabilities. Thus, making it necessary for the storage industry to look beyond 3Gb/s SAS and determine what steps need to be taken to incorporate additional improvements into the SAS protocol.This paper takes a look at the evolution of the SAS protocol and examines the new capabilities that will be provided with the next step along the evolutionary process for the SAS protocol -- 6Gb/s SAS. (September 2008)

IDF, San Francisco, CA - SCSI Trade Association (STA - will exhibit Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) products in booth # 322 at Moscone Center. With SAS product deployment having advanced around the globe during the past year, the demand for SAS products is predicted to significantly increase during the next year and in the future. With the theme, "SAS ROCKS," STA will feature a static product display, exhibiting the products listed below from the sponsoring member companies.

Recent SAS Plugfest Featured Large-System Build with 3Gb/s SAS

San Francisco, July 28, 2008 — The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced today that the eighth Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) plugfest was held June 16-19, 2008, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). The plugfest was attended by both STA member and non-member companies. See below for a list of the twenty attending STA members.

New SAS/SATA chassis offers high-efficiency power supply and SPGC pre-plated chassis design

City of Industry, CA - July 24, 2008 - Advanced Industrial Computer (AIC), an industry leading provider of OEM/ODM server and storage solutions, announced today the release of its' new G-Series SAS/SATA storage server chassis product line. The environmentally friendly solution features high-efficiency power supply, SPGC pre-plated steel with minimal paint and tool-less ball-bearing mounting rails for hassle free installation and maintenance, providing users with a cost-effective solution ideally suited for a broad range of applications.

Serial Attached SCSI Establishes Its Position In The Enterprise (PDF)

With the advent of 6Gb/s SAS, the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) architecture and technology is growing its presence within traditional and non-traditional enterprise environments. This white paper will explore the roots of SAS technology, why the SAS architecture is well suited to enterprise markets and how the evolution of SAS technology expands its role in data centers. After addressing the increasing capabilities of SAS and how enterprise environments are deploying SAS, new growth opportunities will be discussed based on how the SAS architecture is adapting to the growing needs of the enterprise. (September 2008)

Near-line archive solution enhances productivity and reduces production costs

City of Industry, CA - June 12, 2008 - Advanced Industrial Computer (AIC), an industry leading provider of OEM/ODM server and storage solutions, announced today the implementation of its rack-mount server chassis technology with SeaChange International's MediaLibrary near line storage system for television broadcasters, an innovative solution that has been deployed by Los Angeles PBS affiliate KCET-TV. The system provides KCET with an accessible, fast and scalable solution ideally suited to meet their growing production and play-to-air workflow needs.

LISLE, Ill. - May 28, 2008 - For the growing server-storage market, Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA) introduced the latest addition to its iPass product family. For systems with boards fixed to one side of the chassis, the new stacked dual port connector makes it possible to double the I/O bandwidth without a mechanical redesign of the system enclosures.

Hitachi Combines Performance and Power Efficiency in an Enterprise-Hardened 450GB Drive

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 20, 2008 - Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced that Dell (DELL) is using Ultrastar™ 15K450 hard drives, which have a low power efficiency index of 0.03 watts/GB, to deliver higher capacities across multiple platforms in its PowerEdge™ Server and PowerVault™ Storage product families. Hitachi is driving the new industry metric of "watts/GB," as customers are increasingly making decisions based on power profile for the increasing amounts of data that they store. Hitachi's latest Ultrastar drive clearly raises the bar for the industry with respect to "green" hard drives, without sacrificing enterprise class performance. The 3.5-inch, 15,000 RPM drives deliver 450GB of storage and a 30 percent improvement generation-to-generation in sequential throughput. They also have 50 percent more available capacity than their 300GB predecessors, but similar low power characteristics. IT managers will benefit from a lower total cost of ownership for enterprise storage, with reduced datacenter footprint and energy usage.

SINGAPORE and Sunnyvale, Calif. - May 7, 2008 - Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR), a technology leader in fiber optic solutions for high-speed networks, and A*STAR Data Storage Institute (DSI) of Singapore, today announced a partnership to bring world-class storage area network (SAN) training to Asia and Singapore. The agreement unites the SAN expertise of Finisar's Medusa Labs with the unique training capabilities of DSI's Network Storage Technology (NST) division.

Demo Showcases 6Gb/s SAS I/O Throughput and RAID Functionality as Critical Technology Milestone Toward Achieving Complete Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Ecosystem

MILPITAS, Calif., May 6, 2008 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI), in collaboration with industry leaders Dell and Seagate, today announced the companies have successfully achieved 6Gb/s SAS I/O throughput and confirmation of data integrity in an interoperability demonstration. The technology demonstration used LSI 6Gb/s SAS RAID-On-Chip (ROC) controller ICs and 6Gb/s SAS high-port count expanders, performing read/write I/Os, at full bandwidth. The end-to-end interoperability demo is a critical milestone toward achieving a complete SAS ecosystem.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 30, 2008 - PMC-Sierra (NASDAQ: PMCS) and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced the companies successfully achieved interoperability between PMC-Sierra's end-to-end 6Gb/s SAS chipsets and Hitachi 6Gb/s SAS prototype hard disk drives (HDDs). PMC-Sierra's 6Gb/s SAS chipsets include the Tachyon® SPC 8x6G SAS protocol controller, the SRC 8x6G RAID-on-Chip controller and maxSAS™ SXP 36/24x6GSec expander switches.

New Line Rate Enhances Finisar's Industry-Leading Xgig® Protocol Tester Solutions

Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 23, 2008 - Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR), a global technology leader in fiber optic and test and measurement solutions for high-speed networks, today announced that it is shipping Xgig® Jammer 2.9, the industry's first 6 Gb/s SAS error injector used for high-performance testing of storage products. The Xgig® Jammer provides 6 Gb/s SAS protocol testing support to greatly accelerate interoperability and compliance testing by ensuring that storage products adhere to the protocol standards. This new product is integrated in to the powerful Xgig® unified platform which supports all high speed storage protocols including 8Gb/s Fibre Channel, 10Gb/s Ethernet and iSCSI as well as the emerging 6Gb/s SAS and SATA offerings.

450GB Ultrastar Drive Delivers 30 Percent More I/Os than its Predecessor

SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 16, 2008 - Assuming the reins as the enterprise hard drive performance and capacity leader, Hitachi today announced the Ultrastar™15K450. The new drive uses perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to deliver 450GB of storage, currently the highest available capacity in 15,000 RPM enterprise-class hard drives. The Ultrastar 15K450 is an ideal solution for mission-critical server and storage applications, such as online transaction processing, intensive database queries and other multi-user applications.

Allows users to save and access high volume graphic/video files at 2.4GB/s bandwidth

City of Industry, CA - April 9, 2008 - Advanced Industrial Computer (AIC), an industry leading designer and manufacturer of rackmount server and data storage enclosure solutions, will introduce its revolutionary new MiniBOD - XJ-SA01-08-A1, as well as hold live demonstrations with ecosystem partners Seagate and ATTO Technology at the 2008 NAB show in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 14-17, in booth SL9525.

Event Offers 5pm Sneak Peek for Press and Analysts, SAS Demonstrations, Storage Industry Speakers and 6Gb/s SAS Preview

San Francisco, April 8, 2008 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced that the second SAS Solutions Open House will be held at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, CA on May 6. The event will provide a broad Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) learning experience for attendees representing all segments of the storage industry.

STA is targeting system integrators, end-users, OEMs, vendors, channel members, or anyone with responsibility for data centers and interest in enterprise storage environments. The storage industry is invited to attend this enjoyable evening with STA member companies, as they inform the industry about current and future SAS technology solutions during this free milestone event.

Unprecedented performance along with improved data integrity over SATA, makes the Barracuda® ES.2 SAS hard drive the ideal solution for expanding Nearline applications

ORLANDO, FL., Storage Networking World - April 7, 2008 - Seagate (NYSE: STX) today announced it has begun worldwide shipment of its 1 terabyte (TB) enterprise-class Barracuda® ES.2 hard drives with a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface. Applications addressing rich media content and collaborative applications like email can benefit from the average 135% performance boost over SATA-interface drives along with robust enterprise features and native compatibility.

Up To 5X Faster Than Competitors, Series 5 Unified Serial(TM) Controllers Deliver Unprecedented Storage Capacity and Value of SATA Connectivity with SAS Scalability

HANOVER, Germany, March 3, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ - Adaptec(R) Inc., (Nasdaq: ADPT), a global leader in storage solutions, today unveiled the Adaptec RAID Series 5 Unified Serial controller family, the first RAID solution offering up to 28-port connectivity with both internal and external ports to achieve I/O performance up to five times faster than competitive products.

Major OEMs sampling new 6Gb/s SAS expander from LSI to gain time-to-market advantage on the path to 6Gb/s SAS infrastructures

MILPITAS, Calif., March 5, 2008 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced the industry's first sample shipments of 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) expander ICs to major OEM customers, further strengthening its leadership position in the SAS market. By providing OEMs with samples of its second generation SAS expander IC products, LSI is laying the groundwork for complete 6Gb/s SAS ecosystems, which the SCSI Trade Association estimates will be available in the second half of 2009.

LSI technology is key enabler for new family of IBM adapters and RAID on motherboard (ROMB) solutions

MILPITAS, Calif., February 20, 2008 - LSI Corporation (NYSE:LSI) today announced that its MegaRAID® technology was selected by IBM® for integration into the IBM System x™ server line, via its new ServeRAID-MR10 family of adapters and ROMB solutions. Server customers using IBM ServeRAID adapters based on LSI™ RAID on Chip (ROC) technology now have a cost-effective choice for internal and external direct-attached storage (DAS) employing SAS and SATA disk drives.

San Francisco, February 19, 2008 - 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 2008. Re-elected to the position as president was Harry Mason of LSI Corp., who will serve as STA president for the seventh consecutive year. Also re-elected as vice president was Martin Czekalski of Seagate Technology, who will serve in that position for a sixth term.

High-performance RAID functionality integrated into high-speed, intelligent and secure server solutions

MILPITAS, Calif., January 31, 2008 -- LSI Corporation (NYSE:LSI) today announced that NEC has selected LSI MegaRAID® Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) adapters for integration into NEC's newest Express5800 series of servers. The newly launched LSI MegaRAID SAS 8708EM2, featuring the LSI SAS1078 RAID-on-Chip (ROC), has been adopted for new NEC rackmount and tower servers, including the Express5800/120Rj-2 and the Express5800/120Rh-1.

Leading Chinese storage integrator to utilize Xyratex F5412E RAID system as part of security and anti-terrorism video surveillance measures during Olympic Games

Havant, United Kingdom, January 28, 2008 - Xyratex Ltd. (NASDAQ: XRTX), a leading provider of enterprise class data storage subsystems and storage process technology, today announced that EDI Technology, a storage integrator, is using the Xyratex F5412E RAID system for online and archive storage of video surveillance at the Beijing Capital International Airport. The Xyratex F5412E 4Gb FC-SAS/SATA-II RAID product delivers EDI the storage scalability, reliability and throughput performance to also support crucial anti-terrorism and security efforts at the airport during the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

School System Scores Perfect Grade With SAS Products From Seagate and Promise Technology

With over 45,000 students, the Shelby County, Tenn., school system gets a lot of email traffic--over 49,000 in one day. Seagate® Barracuda® ES.2 SAS drives running in Promise Technology RAID systems give them the speed, capacity and reliability they need to handle those messages. The highest-capacity (up to 1 TB) nearline SAS drive on the market, the enterprise-class Barracuda ES.2 SAS drive delivers up to 135 percent higher performance than its SATA counterpart, as well as up to a 38 percent improvement in IOPS/watt. With an MTBF of 1.2 million hours, the drive offers unrivaled reliability among all 7200-RPM drives. (January 2009)

High Performance System Scales up to 264TB for Massive, Cost-Effective Storage

SANTA CLARA, Calif., January 22, 2008 - Focusing on the growing SAS technology trend, RAID storage expert Infortrend® today introduced two new subsystems in its SAS host product line: the EonStor┬« A24S-R2130 redundant controller and A24S-G2130 single controller, 4U, 24-bay, SAS-to-SATA-II subsystems. These RAID arrays are the latest in business-class storage, enabling new applications while boosting scalability and performance.