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Industry Comes Together to Test 6Gb/s SAS

Storage Technology Matures with Larger System Builds, 6Gb/s SATA and SSD Testing

San Francisco, Dec. 1, 2009 -The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced today that the 10th Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) plugfest was held Oct. 26-30, 2009, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). The plugfest was attended by STA members and non-members.

Attending companies represented many stages of SAS product development, with differing levels of achievement and expertise. Anticipating this diversity, the plugfest was designed to accommodate testing for various stages of product development. Some attendees had attended plugfests many times before, and for others, this was their first experience. The variety of needs and goals was broad, as the attendees represented many segments of the market and its infrastructure, however, they all worked together to meet the needs of all attendees. The larger group soon divided into several sub-groups, each of which pursued their primary areas of interest.

6Gb/s SAS tests available to attendees Included:

  • PHY Testing
  • Pair Interoperability Testing
  • Triplet Zoning Interoperability Testing
  • Large System Build
  • Active/Active Cable Testing (recently added to the 6Gb/s SAS specification)

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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WD S25 SAS Hard Drives Provide High-Reliability and Performance for Mission-critical Server and Storage Applications

Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WD®, known for its hard disk drive leadership in the desktop, mobile and consumer marketplaces, today announced its entry into the traditional enterprise market segment with volume production shipments of its first 10,000 RPM, 2.5-inch, small form factor, SAS interface hard drives. The WD S25 provides up to 300 GB of high-performance storage suitable for both mission-critical enterprise server and enterprise storage applications, such as high-I/O-driven applications and configurations, as well as data centers and large data arrays.

Breadth of LSI and Supermicro 6Gb/s SAS portfolios allow channel customers to deploy high-performance, highly scalable storage solutions

MILPITAS, Calif., October 26, 2009 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced a collaboration with Super Micro Computer, Inc. to enable end-to-end 6Gb/s SAS solutions for channel customers. Combining LSITM 6Gb/s SAS silicon and MegaRAID® technology with Supermicro® 6Gb/s SAS Server Building Block Solutions® and Seagate® 6Gb/s SAS drives, these solutions enable scalable direct-attached storage topologies that deliver high I/O performance in large cluster and datacenter environments.

Dynamic Duo of Self-Encrypting, 15,000 RPM 2.5-Inch and 3.5-Inch Ultrastar Drives Improve Storage Efficiency without Sacrificing Performance or Capacity

San Jose, Calif., October 13, 2009 - Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced worldwide availability of two new 15,000 RPM Ultrastar hard drives for Tier 0/1, mission-critical, enterprise storage applications. The new drives include the Ultrastar C15K147, Hitachi's first 15,000 RPM, 2.5-inch 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) hard drive, and the new 600GB Ultrastar 15K600, the company's fourth generation 3.5-inch drive with either 6Gb/s SAS or 4Gb/s Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FCAL) interfaces. To help enterprises protect sensitive data and comply with privacy and data protection regulations, Hitachi now offers industry-compliant, self-encrypting, enterprise-class hard drives as an option across all of its 10,000 and 15,000 RPM Ultrastar drives.

New LSI SAS 9200 series HBAs deliver SATA+SAS connectivity and offer twice the throughput rates and scalability of the previous generation

MILPITAS, Calif., October 13, 2009 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced availability of a new family of high-performance SATA+SAS host bus adapters (HBAs) based on 6Gb/s SAS technology. The LSI™ SAS 9200 series HBAs, based on the LSISAS2008 6Gb/s SAS controller IC, offer new levels of performance and scalability for internal and external direct-attached storage deployments using SATA and SAS disk drives.

Increased Performance and Versatility of Emulex InSpeed Bridging Technology For Enterprise Storage System OEMs

Storage Networking World - PHOENIX, AZ, October 13, 2009 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced that it is expanding the performance and versatility of its market-leading InSpeed® Bridging technology through the addition of enterprise storage system support for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) to Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) bridging in SAS environments, support for SAS Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) in Fibre Channel environments, and support for ultra-high performance Solid State Drives (SSDs) in both SAS and Fibre Channel environments.

SAN FRANCISCO, October 12, 2009 -SCSI Trade Association (STA) is introducing the new Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Advanced Connectivity Roadmap which previews the connectivity advances to support future SAS growth in the enterprise. The new SAS connectivity benefits will apply to mid-range and large data centers and will improve all aspects of connectivity and ease of operation.

As an important part of the announcement, STA is promoting a converged Mini-SAS High-Density (HD) standard connector to create a vibrant and consistent infrastructure to expand SAS usability and scalability. The STA objectives include a consistent connectivity management scheme in addition to the active copper and optical cable extensions supported by the new Mini-SAS HD connector.

SAS & SATA Combine to Change the Storage Market (PDF)
Harry Mason - Director Industry Marketing, LSI Corporation
Marty Czelkalski - Interface & Emerging Architecture Program Manager, Seagate Technology

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.

Amherst, NY/Paris, France (September 23, 2009) -Today ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, together with LaCie, a leading provider of professional storage solutions, announced an OEM partnership designed to deliver integrated SAS/SATA and Fibre Channel storage solutions for digital video and IT customers.

PMC-Sierra's maxSAS™ 6Gb/s SAS Chipset Increases System Performance, Scalability, Manageability and Security while Lowering Total Cost of Ownership

SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 31, 2009 - PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS) today announced volume production of its maxSAS™ end-to-end chipset for 6Gb/s SAS enterprise storage systems (see Figure 1). PMC-Sierra's complete 6Gb/s SAS chipset, which includes the Tachyon® SPC 8x6G SAS protocol controller, SXP 36x6GSec 36-port and SXP 24x6GSec 24-port SAS Expanders, and system management firmware, is shipping in volume to multiple leading storage and server OEMs.

LSI claims top position in SAS unit shipments as industry rapidly transitions to serial RAID technology

MILPITAS, Calif., August 26, 2009 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that Gartner, Inc. ranked LSI as the worldwide leader in host bus RAID controller unit shipments for 2008. According to the latest market data released by the firm, LSI maintained its No. 1 position for the second consecutive year with 31.4 percent unit share.[1]

Extensive SATA+SAS controller line delivers powerful performance advantage and innovative features to enable channel partners to gain a competitive edge

MILPITAS, Calif., July 28, 2009 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today launched in the channel a new generation of high-performance MegaRAID® SATA+SAS RAID controller cards based on 6Gb/s SAS technology. With innovative new 6Gb/s SAS product features and support for SATA, SAS and solid-state drives (SSDs), the MegaRAID 9200 series controllers provide small- to mid-sized enterprises with superior levels of RAID performance and scalability for internal and external storage.

Dot Hill, Infortrend, NEC and Xyratex select LSI 6Gb/s SAS external storage solutions including controller and expander ICs and SAS-to-SATA bridge cards

MILPITAS, Calif., July 22, 2009 -LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that Dot Hill, Infortrend, NEC and Xyratex have selected LSITM 6Gb/s SAS solutions to enable their next-generation external storage platforms. As the SAS market segment leader with over 13 million SAS ICs shipped worldwide, LSI provides the industry's only end-to-end 6Gb/s SAS product portfolio for external storage applications, including SAS controller and expander ICs and SAS-to-SATA bridge cards.

Leading distributors and system builders are ready for 3.5-inch mission-critical hard drive designed for long-term business sustainability and reduced TCO

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. -- July 13, 2009 -Seagate (NASDAQ: STX) today announced it is now shipping its technology-leading Cheetah® 15K.7 enterprise-class hard drives into the worldwide distribution channel. As the highest performing, highest capacity 3.5-inch mission critical hard drive with best-in-class reliability for Tier 1 environments, the Cheetah 15K.7 drive is ideal for a wide range of server and storage applications. With the Cheetah 15K.7 hard drive, Seagate's technology leadership moves firmly past the competition as it delivers the industry's first 15K-rpm drive to reach the 600GB capacity point while providing record reliability of 1.6 million hours MTBF.

  • 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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Promise Technology and PMC-Sierra Partner to Deliver Complete 6Gb/s SAS and PCI Express 2.0 Enabled RAID Solution

MILPITAS, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 2, 2009 - Promise Technology Inc., a leading supplier of sophisticated RAID storage solutions for enterprise and SMB customers, today announced that NEC has selected Promise Technology's SuperTrak 6G RAID controller cards for its 6Gb/s SAS server platforms. Promise's SuperTrak line is powered by PMC-Sierra's PM8011 SRC 8x6G 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controller, which enables NEC"s next-generation servers to offer the latest in server storage technology. The new servers provide NEC's customers with a proven, industry-hardened RAID stack and 6Gb/s SAS RAID controller platform featuring superior levels of performance and scalability.

Endicott, NY - May 6, 2009 - Amphenol, an industry leader in high performance interconnect devices, announces the availability of 6Gb/s mini-SAS cables with keying features required to support the extended lengths of SAS 2.0 six through ten meter cables. Soon to be announced will be Amphenol's active cables for mini-SAS applications (SAS 2.1).

Amphenol is a proven performer and supporter of SCSI technology with a mission to provide best in class performance.

Additional information on mini-SAS cables, please visit the company's website at http://www.amphenol-aipc.com

You can also email the product management team at highspeed@aipce.com

6Gb/s SAS Industry Leaders Deliver Compatible, High-Performance Storage Solutions for OEM and Worldwide Distribution Channels

Amherst, NY and San Jose, CA (April 14, 2009) - ATTO Technology and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced interoperability of their respective 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) products designed for use in high-performance server and storage applications. The combination of ATTO ExpressSAS host bus adapters with Hitachi Ultrastar C10K300 hard drives deliver fast 6Gb/s data transfers for high I/O enterprise environments. The new 6Gb/s SAS interface delivers 100 percent faster data throughput than previously available using a 3Gb/s SAS interconnect. The companies began working together early in the development of 6Gb/s SAS to share design implementations and debug information, as well as conduct extensive testing to ensure an interoperable solution that delivers compatibility and overall system performance.

Amherst, NY (April 14, 2009) - ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, is exhibiting several new products, including their FastStream™ SC 8500 RAID Storage Controller with 8Gb/s Fibre Channel connectivity to SAS/SATA storage, Celerity 8Gb/s Fibre Channel and ExpressSAS 6Gb/s SAS/SATA host bus adapters, at this week's NAB Show. Located in booth SL2205, ATTO will showcase three live demonstrations of the industry's highest-performing storage connectivity solutions for demanding video and audio environments where workflow productivity is critical and performance must be optimal.

Dell, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, IBM, Intel, NEC, Sun Microsystems and others incorporate LSI SAS ICs, HBAs and MegaRAID products

STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, ORLANDO, Fla., April 7, 2009 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that its SAS ICs, HBAs and MegaRAID® products will enable more than 80 new server and workstation models based on the recently announced high-performance, multi-core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 series. Industry-leading OEMs incorporating LSITM SAS storage technology include Dell, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, IBM, Intel, NEC and Sun Microsystems, underscoring the broad demand for LSI SAS technology across the industry's broadest spectrum of OEM platforms.

Embeddable and desktop versions provide low latency access to RAID-protected shared storage

Amherst, NY - Building on the success of its Fibre Channel to SAS/SATA Storage Controller products, ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments today announced a new addition to their FastStreamâ„¢ Storage Controller line. The FastStream SC 8200 is an easy-to-use storage controller that provides 6-Gigabit SAS host connectivity and 3-Gigabit SAS/SATA drive connectivity with high-performance RAID protection and advanced storage management features to address performance intensive, price sensitive environments. The FastStream SC 8200 is provided in two versions; an external rackmount/desktop appliance and an embeddable RAID controller targeted at OEMs and Systems Integrators.

Single server performance milestone underscores role of direct-attached storage as scalable, sharable solution for data center environments

STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, ORLANDO, Fla., April 6, 2009 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that it is the first company to achieve more than 1 million input/output operations per second (IOPS) in a 6Gb/s SAS performance demonstration running on a single server. One million IOPS is a crucial step toward increasing the adoption of direct-attached storage (DAS) as a scalable and sharable solution for organizations struggling to keep pace with growing data volumes and rising data center costs.

Orlando, Florida - SCSI Trade Association (STA) - in its effort to promote the understanding and use of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology, is presenting a tutorial at the Storage Networking World (SNW) Conference, Thursday, April 9, from 11:15am to noon. The SNW conference will be held April 6-9, 2009, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Convention Hotel, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, Florida.

Speaking will be Harry Mason, President of STA and Director of Industry Marketing, Storage Components Group, LSI, and Marty Czekalski, Vice President of STA and Interface and Emerging Architecture Program Manager, Seagate. The tutorial is entitled "SAS and SATA Change the Storage Market Landscape." As part of the SNIA Tutorial Track, the tutorial will be held from 11:15am to noon, on Thursday, April 9, in the Panzacola Ballroom, Salon H-3 on the main level.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 31, 2009 - PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS) today announced that its SRC 8x6G 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (RoC) and SXP 36x6GSec 6Gb/s SAS Expander are shipping across HP's new line of ProLiant G6 servers. PMC-Sierra's end-to-end 6Gb/s SAS chipset enables HP's ProLiant storage solutions to set a new industry achievement for server performance and scalability. ProLiant G6 servers equipped with PMC-Sierra's SRC RoC and HP's industry-leading Smart Array RAID Stack enable RAID 5 write throughput at levels more than 150 percent greater than previous-generation ProLiant G5 controllers. Similar testing for RAID 0 read IOPS performance delivers over 350 percent greater results than previous solutions.

Twice the Performance of Existing SAS/SATA HBA's

Amherst, NY (March 24, 2009) - ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, today announced the release of a family of five 6Gb/s SAS Host Adapters, the ExpressSAS H608, H680, H644, H60F and H6F0, to the general marketplace. As part of this release, ATTO unveiled the industry's highest performing SAS/SATA HBA's available, the ExpressSAS H60F and 6F0, featuring two independent controllers, support for up to 512 physical devices, and 16 independent lanes of 600MB/s connectivity for an aggregate throughput of up to 19.2 GB full duplex.

New Active Copper Cables will extend the Reach of Serial Attached SCSI Interconnects to 25 meters and Enable Complete Connectivity for Today's Data Centers

SANTA CLARA, CA - March 13, 2009 - Quellan, a leader in Analog Signal Processing and RF Noise Cancellation ICs, today announced the availability of a portfolio of 6Gb/s SAS products including mini-SAS active cables, active cable modules, based on its production QLx4600 Lane Extender IC.

New features also enable hard drive spin-down for reduced power consumption and energy costs; extend VMware virtualization support

MILPITAS, Calif., March 10, 2009 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced MegaRAID® Release 3.6, which provides new features and advanced functionality for 3Gb/s MegaRAID SAS 87XX and 88XX series adapters. New features include enhanced management and data protection capabilities for solid state drives (SSD), hard drive spin-down for reduced power consumption and expanded VMware® virtualization support.

Washington DC - SCSI Trade Association (STA) will be located in booth # 1524 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Featured in the booth will be a Serial Storage Wire Newsletter (SSW) sign-up station for anyone who would like to subscribe. Read worldwide, SSW is STA's free Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) e-newsletter.

Harry Mason, President of SCSI Trade Association and Director of Industry Marketing at LSI, will speak on Tues., March 10, from 12:20 pm to 1:00 pm in the Free Education Session. His presentation is titled: "SAS and SATA Change the Face of Enterprise Storage." The session will be held in the Data Center Theater, booth # 1621.

Unique Design Provides the Power of Two Independent Host Adapters

Amherst, NY (February 18, 2009) - ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, today announced the release of the industry's first 16-port 6Gb/s SAS/SATA Host Adapters, the ExpressSAS H60F and H6F0, as well as the release of the 4-internal/4-external port ExpressSAS H644, to its existing family of 6Gb/s SAS/SATA host adapters. Now available for OEMs, the H60F, H6F0 and H644 deliver throughput of up to 600MB/s per port with the flexibility to connect to SAS, SAS2.0, SATA and SATA II devices.

San Francisco, February 17, 2009 - 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 2009. All 2008 Board members were reinstated (see roster below). Re-elected to the position as president was Harry Mason of LSI Corp., who will serve as STA president for the eighth consecutive year. Also re-elected as vice president was Martin Czekalski of Seagate Technology, who will serve in that position for a seventh term.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., January 27, 2009 - PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS) today announced that its PM8011 SRC 8x6G 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (RoC) is shipping on the new high-performance Smart Array RAID controller cards from HP. The superior performance and flexibility of PMC-Sierra's SRC RoC enables the next-generation 6Gb/s SAS RAID platform to more than double the performance of existing RAID solutions. The new HP P212, P410, and P411 Smart Array RAID cards harness the full throughput of 6Gb/s SAS and 5Gb/s PCI Express 2.0 using PMC-Sierra's innovative RoCstarTM Contention-Free Architecture to maximize performance in equipment such as the HP ProLiant DL385 G5p and HP ProLiant DL580 G5 servers.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., January 27, 2009 -PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS) today announced that its PM8011 SRC 8x6G 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (RoC) is shipping on the new high-performance Smart Array RAID controller cards from HP. The superior performance and flexibility of PMC-Sierra's SRC RoC enables the next-generation 6Gb/s SAS RAID platform to more than double the performance of existing RAID solutions. The new HP P212, P410, and P411 Smart Array RAID cards harness the full throughput of 6Gb/s SAS and 5Gb/s PCI Express 2.0 using PMC-Sierra's innovative RoCstar™ Contention-Free Architecture to maximize performance in equipment such as the HP ProLiant DL385 G5p and HP ProLiant DL580 G5 servers.

Adds to growing list of tier-one server OEMs turning to LSI RAID-on-Chip and SAS technology to enable 6Gb/s SAS solutions

MILPITAS, Calif., January 20, 2009 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) has selected LSI 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (ROC) and MegaRAID® products to enable next-generation entry- to enterprise-server platforms. Supermicro adds to a growing list of tier-one OEMs that have selected LSITM ROC and SAS technology to provide enabling silicon and software solutions as the market readies for the transition to 6Gb/s SAS technology.

High-Performance RAID Adapter and Storage Controller Top Product List for High Bandwidth Applications

Macworld Expo, San Francisco, CA (January 5, 2009) - ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, is demonstrating its newest technologies during the Macworld Conference & Expo. Macworld visitors will be the first to experience a pre-launch demonstration of the ATTO FastStream™ SC 8500 - the latest addition to its FastStream RAID storage controller line with 8Gb Fibre Channel connectivity to 3Gb SAS/SATA storage. The ATTO ExpressSAS R380 RAID Adapter for direct attached storage environments will also be demonstrated and ATTO's complete product line will be showcased at booth 1543 during the show in San Francisco this week.

ATTO Adds the FastStreamTM 8500 to its line of high-performance RAID Storage Controllers

Amherst, NY (January 5, 2009) - ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments today announced release of the industry's first 8-Gb Fibre Channel-to-SAS/SATA RAID Storage Controller. The latest addition to the ATTO FastStream™ RAID Storage Controller line, FastStream SC 8500 is an independent external RAID Storage Controller that provides 8-Gb Fibre Channel host connectivity to multiple tiers of low-cost, off-the-shelf SAS/SATA disk storage enclosures. The FastStream SC 8500, well-suited for mid-range storage solutions, is the highest performing RAID controller in its class delivering up to 1400 MB/sec. access to data while providing parity RAID protection to multiple tiers of disk enclosures.

Next-generation IBM ServeRAID controllers powered by LSI 6Gb/s SAS technology achieve greater throughput for mission-critical applications

MILPITAS, Calif., November 3, 2009 -LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced its 6Gb/s SAS MegaRAID® products are shipping on two new IBM System x servers, enabling new levels of server storage performance, reliability and scalability. The IBM rack-mount servers, with integrated LSI 6Gb/s SAS technology, provide end customers with cost-effective solutions for Web serving, e-business, collaboration, distributed database, SAP deployments and virtualization.