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Based on proven SCSI protocol, SCSI Express meets lower latency needs of PCIe yet suitable for SSDs and other advanced storage technologies

SAN FRANCISCO - October 9, 2012 — The SCSI Trade Association (STA) today announced the advancement of the SCSI Express initiative, targeted at databases, virtual servers and online transactional applications that require lower latency from critical data storage. Combining the proven SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) storage interface protocol with the PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) computer expansion bus standard, SCSI Express provides a foundation for innovation of enterprise data storage and increased performance while extending investments in existing SCSI-based storage technology.

New 3.5-inch Nearline Drives Provide Leading Capacity, Highest Reliability for 24x7, 100% Duty Cycle Operating Environments

IRVINE, Calif. - Sept. 27, 2012 - WD®, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), and a leader in the mobile, desktop, high-capacity enterprise and consumer markets for hard drives today announced it is further expanding its enterprise-class storage offerings with the release of new WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives in capacities up to 4 TB, the largest on the market today. Available immediately in 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB capacities for nearline SAS and 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB for SATA, the 3.5-inch WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives offer the powerful combination of enterprise-class features and superior capacity to meet the growing demands of conventional business-critical environments as well as the high-capacity and performance requirements of cloud and scale-out computing.

This panel session was chaired by SCSI Trade Association board member, David Allen, Director Storage Business Development. Panelists included:

  • Marty Czekalski, Seagate Technology
    Interface and Emerging Architecture Program Manager
    President, SCSI Trade Association
  • Joe Foster, HP
    Industry Standard Server (ISS) Storage Distinguished Technologist
  • Mike James, SanDisk
    Director Engineering
    Director, SCSI Trade Association
  • Steve Johnson, LSI
    Distinguished Engineer

The panel and accompanying presentation addressed the SCSI Express value proposition:

  • Performance and innovation
    • Increased performance through lower latency for emerging advanced technologies
    • Enables new storage architectures
  • Reliability
    • Proven enterprise SCSI ecosystem
    • Architected for nonstop availability
  • Investment Protection
    • Coexistence with SAS via Express Bay and common command set
    • Leveraging robust middleware ecosystem

Physical level testing of 12 Gb/s SAS technology unveils the ability of this higher performance storage interface to speed access to data in critical applications

SAN FRANCISCO - September 5, 2012 -- With a focus on the emerging 12 Gb/s SAS storage interface that provides a roadmap to higher performance, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) today announced the successful completion of the13th Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Plugfest held August 20-24, 2012, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). STA is a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology. Twenty-one companies, including both STA members and non-members, participated in the Plugfest event.

Job changes and a retirement create vacant seats that are now filled for the remainder of the 2012 term

SAN FRANCISCO - August 6, 2012 — Following recent job changes and the retirement of now former STA President Harry Mason of LSI Corp., the SCSI Trade Association (STA) ( today announced new board of director appointments. The board appointed David Allen of PMC Sierra, Jay Neer of Molex and Rick Kutcipal of LSI Corp. to fill the vacant board seats for the remainder of the 2012 term. The board elected Marty Czekalski of Seagate as President of STA, Greg McSorley of Amphenol as Vice President and Mike James of SanDisk as Secretary. Susan Bobholz of Intel remains Treasurer.

Doubles I/O storage performance and alleviates bottlenecks to help manage explosive data demands for cloud and enterprise datacenters

MILPITAS, Calif., July 17, 2012 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that its 12Gb/s SAS technology has been selected by Xyratex to power its next-generation storage systems. Xyratex will include the LSI® 12Gb/s I/O controller and expander, featuring DataBolt™ technology, to provide customers with leading-edge solutions to handle the scale and performance requirements brought on by rapidly growing storage demands.

Family of 10 new RAID controller cards and HBAs deliver high performance, data protection and scalability to meet the needs of datacenter, cloud and high-performance computing environments

MILPITAS, Calif., June 26, 2012 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today introduced its latest MegaRAID® 6Gb/s SAS+SATA controllers and host bus adapters (HBAs) featuring the PCI Express® 3.0 interface.

Seven new LSI MegaRAID controllers are offered with four or eight ports and provide a powerful combination of intelligent performance, enterprise RAID data protection and proven interoperability. Three new LSI HBA models provide state-of-the-art connectivity for servers and appliances in a variety of enterprise-level environments including corporate datacenters, the cloud and high-performance computing.

Ron Noblett: HP Vice President, Infrastructure & Storage, Industry Standard Servers & Software, Hyperscale
Barry Luck: IBM Director, Next Generation Platforms, Ecosystems

Ron Noblett from HP and Barry Luck from IBM discuss how the industry is working together through the SCSI Trade Association to deliver SCSI Express to meet the business needs for faster access to data in a cloud-enabled world.


SCSI Express_Noblett_Luck.pdf

SCSI Express Defined

Accelerate your enterprise with SCSI Express, the robust and proven SCSI protocol combined with PCIe that creates an industry-standard path to PCIe-based storage. SCSI Express combined with SAS-based solutions provides unprecedented performance and low latency that enterprises demand.. SCSI-based solutions continue to stand the test of time, evolving to meet the needs of the storage and computing world. Advance your storage solutions to the next interconnect with SCSI Express!

  • Brings enterprise-class SCSI storage to low-latency PCIe
  • Enables tiered/caching environments
  • Preserves SCSI management, feature set ,and tools
  • Extends storage investments, leveraged to PCIe
  • Provides co-existence with SAS


SCSI Express DataSheet (pdf).

SCSI Express Overview

Provides an in depth overview of SCSI Express including benefits, use cases and solution implementations using Express Bay. Come learn how the industry standard SCSI Express interface delivers unprecedented performance and low latency to enterprise-class storage by combining the proven SCSI protocol with PCIe.



SAN JOSE -- May 9, 2012 -- Today at the STA ( Technology Showcase event co-located with the May T10 Standards meeting, a newly innovated Windows offloaded data transfer (ODX) technology was exhibited by Microsoft, Dell, HP, IBM and NetApp. Windows ODX enables the host system to interact with the storage arrays to perform data movement without consuming computer network bandwidth or host CPU cycles. By putting the storage array in charge of the data transfer, the server is left to perform other tasks. Microsoft and storage array partners have cooperated to develop a new T10 standard that specifies the range of blocks to be moved at the file level. This is a completely new way of doing data block movement within and between storage arrays. This capability is now available in Windows Server 2012 Beta and ODX capable storage arrays.

Protocol Analysis for 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)

STA Technology Showcase, Santa Clara, CA, May 9, 2012 - LeCroy Corporation, the worldwide leader in protocol test solutions, today announced the addition of the Sierra M124 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Protocol Analyzer platform to its leading Sierra protocol analyzer line of products; supporting protocol testing and debugging of all 12Gb/s SAS and legacy SAS storage interfaces. Previously, LeCroy has provided the Storage industry with the broadest range of test capabilities in the SCSI protocol test market. Now, along with today's announcement of the Summit PCIe protocol analyzer line's support of SCSI Express, LeCroy is also extending this commitment to the next generation of SAS.

Decoding for PQI Now Available in PCI Express Protocol Analyzer

STA Technology Showcase, Santa Clara, CA, May 9, 2012 - LeCroy Corporation, the worldwide leader in protocol test solutions, today demonstrated new features added to its PCI Express protocol analyzer line of products that will support testing and debugging of all recently announced PCIe® Solid State Drive (SSD) host interfaces. Previously, LeCroy had been the first to introduce NVM Express decode functionality to all of their Summit protocol analyzer line of products, helping reduce decoding time for complex PCIe host/device transactions. Now LeCroy is broadening its support of SSD host interfaces to include support for SCSI Express's PQI (PCIe architecture Queuing Interface).

Achieve improved performance benefits of 12Gb/s SAS with existing 6Gb/s drive infrastructure
LSI to demonstrate DataBolt technology, together with Xyratex, at the SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase

MILPITAS, Calif., May 8, 2012 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced DataBolt™ bandwidth optimizer technology, a unique performance acceleration feature for LSI® 12Gb/s SAS solutions designed to allow users to take advantage of 12Gb/s speeds while using existing 6Gb/s drive infrastructure.

Simplifies high-availability (HA) storage solutions and redefines economics for cloud datacenter and SMB customers

MILPITAS, Calif., May 8, 2012 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) announced it will demonstrate high-availability direct-attached storage (HA-DAS) solutions for Microsoft® Corp.'s Windows® Server platforms at the SCSI Trade Association (STA) Technology Showcase taking place May 9, 2012, at the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Clara, Calif. LSI's HA-DAS solutions are designed to provide small and medium-sized business (SMB) and cloud datacenter customers with continuous application uptime at a fraction of the cost and complexity of existing HA solutions.

Industry Storage Event Highlights PMC Products in Key SAS Demonstrations

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 8, 2012 - PMC® (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor innovator transforming storage, optical and mobile networks, today announced its participation and sponsorship of the SCSI Trade Association (STA) Technology Showcase. PMC will demonstrate its industry leading 12Gb/s SAS, 6Gb/s SAS and SSD caching products at this event for customers, industry analysts, editors and partners.

Technical milestones at conference to help pave the way for commercial deployment

Cupertino, Calif. -- May 7, 2012 -- Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) will demonstrate a variety of technologies at the SCSI Trade Association (STA) Technology Showcase this week aimed at improving the performance of servers, datacenters and cloud computing applications, including the first public demonstration of solid-state drives operating at 12 gigabits per second.

Industry Leader Working with STA to Develop Open Standards for Server-deployed NAND Flash Using SCSI and PCIe for Application Acceleration and Datacenter Efficiency

SALT LAKE CITY - May 3, 2012 - Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced that it is actively participating with the SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, to develop and market the open SCSI Express industry standard for PCI Express based storage. By leveraging PCIe connections in the server with a focus on NAND flash technologies, the standard will provide organizations with more options for integrating performance storage solutions into their datacenters. Fusion-io will also join in the upcoming SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase, "Taming the Data Beast!" on Wednesday, May 9 in Santa Clara.

Doubling Today's Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Speed, 12Gb/s SAS SSDs and HDDs will be the Drives of Choice for Future Generations of High-Performance Enterprise Servers and Storage Solutions;

HGST is Participating in the SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase on May 9, 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 1, 2012 - HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NYSE: WDC) today announced the storage industry's first technology demonstration of a 12 gigabit per second (12Gb/s) SAS solid state drive (SSD), representing the next performance step in the evolution of SAS, the preferred interface technology for enterprise servers and storage solutions. HGST is participating in the 12Gb/s SAS demonstration at the SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase on May 9, 2012, at the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Clara, Calif.

Initiative guarantees investment protection and generational accessibility with SAS platforms

San Francisco — April 3, 2012 — The SCSI Trade Association (STA) (, a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, today announced that it has accepted SCSI Express as a formal project and has taken ownership of refining, defining and marketing this data storage industry standard initiative.

SCSI Express is an industry initiative designed to adapt storage to Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe). It utilizes the SCSI over PCIe (SOP) and PCIe architecture queuing interface (PQI) model being defined within the T10 Technical Committee.

Extensive Nytro application acceleration portfolio combines PCIe flash technology with intelligent caching software; seamlessly integrates into existing environments

MILPITAS, Calif., April 2, 2012 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today introduced the Nytro portfolio, a comprehensive family of solutions that combines PCIe® flash technology with intelligent caching and management software to achieve accelerated application performance in datacenters and cloud environments.

Cadence Announces Support for New Interface Verification IP for Development of Cloud Infrastructure
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 26, 2012 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced the company is adding support for two popular protocol standards used in cloud computing applications, 12Gb/s SAS and NVM Express, to the Cadence Verification IP (VIP) Catalog. The expanding VIP Catalog is helping leaders in the networking market, like AppliedMicro, to deliver the systems and SoCs powering cloud-based computing.

Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, NEC and others select LSI 6Gb/s SAS and MegaRAID solutions for new datacenter servers

MILPITAS, Calif., March 13, 2012 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that its SAS storage solutions will power more than 200 new server models based on the recently announced Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family. Leading server manufacturers that have selected LSI® 6Gb/s SAS and MegaRAID® solutions to provide accelerated storage performance and enterprise data protection for their next-generation server platforms include Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, IBM, Intel, Lenovo and NEC.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 7, 2012 - PMC-Sierra, Inc., (Nasdaq:PMCS) or PMC, the semiconductor innovator transforming storage, optical and mobile networks, today announced that its 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controllers are shipping on new HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers. PMC's SRCv RoCs are the world's first production released PCI Express® (PCIe®) 3.0 capable storage controllers for the volume server market. The latest PCIe technology and 24 ports of 6Gb/s SAS connectivity enable Gen8 Servers to deliver seven times faster solid state storage performance and support twice the number of drives per RAID. The SRCv family is shipping as part of the HP Smart Array P420, P421 and P422 RAID Adapters, and across the HP ProLiant DL360p, DL380p and BL460c Gen8 servers.

Server Configuration Will Meet Cloud Data Center Performance and Reliability Requirements Leveraging Industry's only PCIe 3.0 Capable 24-Port RAID-on-Chip by PMC

CeBIT 2012, HANNOVER, Germany, March 6, 2012 - PMC-Sierra, Inc., (Nasdaq:PMCS) or PMC, the semiconductor innovator transforming storage, optical and mobile networks, today announced that Adaptec by PMC&trade is demonstrating a server that doubles storage performance, reduces power consumption and increases reliability in a smaller data center footprint to help meet the soaring demands on data centers while driving down total cost of ownership. The CeBIT demonstration features a RAID controller card prototype based on the industry's only PCI Express® (PCIe®) 3.0 capable 24-port RAID-on-Chip (RoC) from PMC, installed in a system based on the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family, and 22 Seagate Pulsar® enterprise solid state drives (SSDs). Visit Adaptec in the CeBIT Storage Pavilion, Hall 2, Stand E51 to view the demonstration.

Ultra-Reliable, High-Performance WD S25 SAS Drives Get Capacity Boost to Offer Greater Support for Mission-Critical Enterprise Server and Storage Environments

IRVINE, Calif. - Mar. 6, 2012 Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC), a leader in the desktop, mobile, high-capacity enterprise and consumer markets for hard drives, today announced the availability of its third-generation WD® S25 SAS hard drives, serving the performance-optimized, mission-critical enterprise server and storage market. Shipping now, the new 2.5-inch, 10,000 RPM, WD S25 with SAS 6 Gb/s interface hard drives offer IT professionals a more advanced array of ultra-reliable and efficient, high-performance storage, available in capacities of 300 GB, 450 GB, 600 GB, and 900 GB. The WD S25 line is designed for the most demanding applications such as online transaction processing and multi-tiered networked storage arrays.

Hitachi Ultrastar SSD400S SSDs are Now Shipping in EMC's VNX Family to Help Meet the Escalating Performance, Capacity, Endurance and Reliability Demands of Enterprise Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 5, 2012 - Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST), a leading supplier of enterprise-class solid state and hard disk drives, today announced that EMC® Corporation (NYSE:EMC) has qualified and is now shipping Hitachi Ultrastar™ SSD400S SLC-based (single level cell), 2.5-inch, SAS solid state drives (SSD) in its "all Flash" VNX® Unified Storage systems for mission-critical Microsoft and Oracle environments. The Ultrastar SSD400S family is the world's first jointly develop SAS and FC enterprise-class SSDs, combining Hitachi GST's proven enterprise HDD strength with Intel's extensive capabilities developing high-endurance SLC NAND flash memory and advanced SSD technology. All of this powers Hitachi GST's leading line SSDs with high endurance, reliability and sustained performance for Tier 0, mission-critical server and storage workloads.

New 6Gb/s SATA+SAS RAID controllers deliver the highest available server RAID performance, unlocking the full storage I/O benefits of solid state drives

CeBIT 2012, HANNOVER, Germany, March 5, 2012 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced a new line of MegaRAID® SATA+SAS controller cards designed to deliver the high I/O transaction performance required to accelerate the most demanding database applications and datacenter workloads. Powered by the LSI® dual-core 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (ROC), the new controllers deliver data quickly and reliably to mission-critical applications by combining the industry's highest server RAID performance, achieving up to 200,000 RAID 5 random I/Os per second (IOPS), with intelligent flash-based caching and enhanced data protection capabilities.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., February 29, 2012 - PMC-Sierra, Inc., (Nasdaq:PMCS) or PMC, the semiconductor innovator transforming storage, optical and mobile networks today announced the Company has acquired Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:MXIM) 12Gb/s SAS expander technology. PMC expects the acquisition will strengthen its SAS design footprint with leading server OEMs. Combined with PMC's 12Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip (RoC) products, Maxim's expander technology enables PMC to offer end-to-end 12Gb/s SAS solutions tailored for server platforms. Continued support for Maxim's industry-leading server expander firmware will preserve OEM investment as they transition from 6Gb/s SAS to 12Gb/s SAS.

Controllers Deliver Greater than Two Million IOPS and Expanders Provide 68 Ports of SAS Connectivity to Enable Mainstream SSD Deployment

SUNNYVALE, Calif., January 31, 2012 - PMC-Sierra, Inc., (Nasdaq:PMCS) or PMC, the semiconductor innovator transforming storage, optical and mobile networks, today announced availability of its 12Gb/s SAS protocol controllers, RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controllers and expanders to enable breakthrough performance and scalability for server and networked storage. High-performance solid state drives (SSDs) can deliver up to 100 times more I/Os per second (IOPS) than traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), creating the need for a new class of storage controller. PMC's 12Gb/s SAS controllers are optimized for performance to solve this need and release the full potential of SSDs. With the addition of the industry's highest port count expanders, PMC's 12Gb/s solution delivers 40 percent more drive connectivity than competitive solutions, enabling a new generation of scalable tiered storage for corporate and cloud data centers.

Media Alert - Save the Date: May 9, 2012

The 2012 SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase Event "Taming the Data Beast" Will Highlight the Latest in SAS Advancements

Take advantage of "Press and Analyst Sneak Peek" and be the first to see the latest SAS products and technologies and look ahead to what's next in the storage industry

SAN FRANCISCO - January 24, 2012 -- In today's digital environment which continues to explode at a historically unprecedented rate, the datacenter has evolved into an atmosphere of increasing storage complexities, high transaction processing and a fracturing enterprise that can all add up to an unruly "beast." At this year's SCSI Trade Association (STA) ( Technology Showcase, attendees will see first-hand how cutting-edge Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology solutions are tackling these issues and "Taming the Data Beast."

PCIe SSD Alternatives

Presenter: Marty Czekalski, Vice President, SCSI Trade Association
Where: SNIA Winter Symposium, San Jose, CA
When: January 23, 2012

In this presentation Czekalski presents:

  • SAS is the preferred SSD Interface for Storage Systems
  • Server Attached SSDs
  • Muli-Function Bay
  • SFF-8639 Signals
  • T10/STA Standards Update
  • Enterprise Interfaces: PCIe SSDs
  • SAS/SCSI/SOP Advantages

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STA prepares for dynamic year with market advancements in 12Gb/s SAS, SSD's and an expanding footprint in "Big Data"

SAN FRANCISCO - January 18, 2012 — The SCSI Trade Association (STA) (, a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, today announced their newly elected Board of Directors for 2012. Re-elected to the position of STA President was Harry Mason of LSI Corp. Also re-elected was Martin Czekalski of Seagate Technology, who will serve as vice president.

Returning to the Board is Susan Bobholz of Intel, Cameron Brett of PMC-Sierra, Don Jeanette of Toshiba, Greg McSorley of Amphenol, Dan Reno of Western Digital and Alan Yoder of NetApp. Mike James of SanDisk was newly elected to the Board (see Board Roster below.)

SAS Anchors the Enterprise

Presenter: Harry Mason, President, SCSI Trade Association
Where: Storage Visions 2012, Las Vegas, NV
When: January 8, 2012

In this presentation Mason presents:

  • SAS is the preferred SSD Interface for Storage Systems
  • T10/STA Standards Update
  • SAS Projections
  • Multi-Function Slot
  • SAS Advantages

SASAnchors the Enterprise_HM.pdf