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STA President Marty Czekalski will discuss Solid State Storage in a tutorial about the technology and lend his expertise to a panel discussion on evolving storage solutions

SAN FRANCISCO - December 22, 2014 -- Solid state storage technology provides an unmatched number of input/output operations per second, making it a powerful tool for content storage providers. As part of the 2015 Storage Visions® conference, Marty Czekalski, president of the SCSI Trade Association (STA), will highlight the advantages of using solid state disk drives (SSDs) in the enterprise and the role that the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interconnection standard plays in maximizing the capabilities of these devices.

High-Port HBAs Now Shipping to Provide Industry's Highest Performance, Maximum Connectivity With Nearly 2 Million IOPS to Meet Growing Demands for Software-Defined Data Centers, Web and Cloud Storage

SAN JOSE, Calif. and SINGAPORE, Dec. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avago Technologies (Nasdaq:AVGO) today announced expansion of its industry-leading family of 12Gb/s SAS host bus adapters (HBAs) by shipping new 16-port solutions. The new 9300-16i HBA will join the Avago family of high-port-count SAS HBAs. With the versatility of 16 ports using internal or external storage connectivity, 12Gb/s SAS bandwidth, and nearly 2 million IOPS of performance, the Avago SAS 9300 HBA family, which offers 4-, 8- and 16-port options, enables OEMs and system builders to deliver maximum connectivity for high-end servers and storage systems that exceed the most demanding requirements for data centers, web, and cloud.

Fourth consecutive Plugfest focused on 12Gb/s SAS technology included extensive testing of systems of multiple SAS end devices connected through multiple SAS expanders

SAN FRANCISCO - December 2, 2014 -- Demonstrating that Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology delivers the performance and reliability required for enterprise-class storage, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) today announced the successful completion of its 16th SAS Plugfest. The fourth for 12Gb/s SAS, the event was held September 22-26, 2014, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). Twenty one companies, including both STA members and non-members, participated.

STA President Marty Czekalski and STA Vice President Greg McSorley gave a series of presentations at Powering the Cloud in Frankfurt, Germany in October 2014, including one presentation in the Storage Innovation Theatre and two shorter presentations in the Meet the Experts Theatre.

  • Storage Innovation Theatre Presentation: SAS: The Fabric for Storage Solutions (October 29, 2014)
    • SAS Market Overview, including basics of SAS architecture and deployment
    • SAS Technology update, including 12Gb/s SAS, advanced connectivity, SSDs, MultiLink SAS™, Express Bay, new SCSI features, and 24Gb/s SAS
  • Meet the Experts Theatre Presentation #1: SAS: The Fabric for Storage Solutions (October 28, 2014)
    This is an abbreviated version of the Storage Innovation Theatre presentation above.
  • Meet the Experts Theatre Presentation #2: The Role of SAS in Scale-Out Storage Solutions (October 29, 2014)
    • SAS fabric capabilities
    • SAS buffering
    • Connectivity options
    • CacheIO case study
    • Scaling Windows Server Storage with SAS

Download all three presentation here: Powering the Cloud 2014 - STA

STA experts discuss how the reliability, availability and scalability of SAS and enhancements to SCSI protocols meet the needs of the data center of today and tomorrow

SAN FRANCISCO - October 20, 2014 -- Serial Attached Storage (SAS) technology is the critical storage interconnection fabric that rapidly became the storage interface of choice for servers and external storage products. During several presentations scheduled at the 2014 Powering the Cloud conference in the Messe Frankfurt Exhibition Centre October 28-29, leading storage industry experts from the SCSI Trade Association (STA) will discuss how SAS is uniquely positioned to deliver the Reliability, Accessibility and Serviceability required by the data center of today and tomorrow.

PMC's I/O Controllers Enable OEMs and ODMs to Provide Customized Server Hardware for Hyperscale Deployments at 2X the Density and up to 40% Less Power

SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 17, 2014 - PMC-Sierra, Inc. (PMC®) (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data, today announced the company is first to ship 16-port 12Gb/s SAS and 16-port 6Gb/s SATA I/O controller solutions. PMC's data center I/O products enable OEMs and ODMs to design cost-effective customized server hardware for hyperscale deployments, such as Open Compute, Windows Cloud Servers, OpenStack and Project Scorpio. The devices have the industry's highest port density, lowest power and are capable of more than 1,000,000 I/Os per second to support the most demanding cloud software applications.

On September 16, STA President Marty Czekalski presented an update on SCSI standards and technology at Storage Developer Conference in Santa Clara, CA.

Topics include:

  • SCSI Express
  • New SCSI features for flash and performance, including extended copy, atomic operations, hinting, SCSI-SF, and power limit control
  • Express Bay
  • Beyond 12Gb/s SAS
  • Advanced Connectivity
  • 24Gb/s SAS MRD
  • Shingled Magnetic Recording

Download the presentation here: SDC-SCSI Standards and Technology Update 2014 r5.pdf

The world's leading server manufacturers select Avago advanced 12Gb/s SAS and intelligent MegaRAID solutions for technology innovation that delivers proven data center connectivity and data protection


Avago Technologies (NASDAQ: AVGO) today announced its advanced lineup of 12Gb/s SAS storage solutions has been chosen to power more than 250 new server models based on the recently announced Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 product family. Leading server manufacturers have selected Avago 12Gb/s SAS and MegaRAID® solutions to provide the field-proven technology demanded by next-generation server platforms that run data-intensive applications.

Adaptec Expander PCIe Card Provides 24 Ports of High-Performance HDD and SSD Connectivity for Next-Generation Servers

SUNNYVALE, Calif., August 26, 2014 - PMC-Sierra, Inc. (PMC®) (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data, today announced the industry's first 12Gb/s SAS expander card to enable density-optimized servers, the fastest growing segment of the worldwide server market according to IDC1. The Adaptec® 12Gb/s SAS expander card enables flexible, high-density server architectures that can expand as data center storage needs grow. It provides 36 ports in a PCI Express® (PCIe®) low-profile form factor, with internal connectivity for up to 24 SAS or SATA drives and eight additional external ports to connect JBODs for even greater capacity expansion on a single RAID controller or Host Bus Adapter. The expander card enables modular passive backplane architectures to reduce server variants and increase data center operating efficiency (see Figure 1).

During a panel presentation at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara on August 6, 2014, leading storage industry experts from STA discussed the challenges of distributed storage systems and how the SAS storage protocol is uniquely positioned to handle the mixture of workloads and I/O demands required. The panel was moderated by Jeff Janukowicz, research director at IDC.

Presentations included:

Download all presentations here: FMS 2014 STA Panel

Flash Memory Summit, Santa Clara, CA August 5, 2014 - Teledyne LeCroy, a worldwide leader in serial data test solutions, has upgraded the SAS Verification suite to support Serial Attached SCSI 3.0 (12Gb/s) solid state drive (SSD) and hard disk drive (HDD) testing. Available as a software option for the Sierra M122/M124 protocol analyzer platform, the suite provides an automated, turnkey test application that allows storage developers to screen devices for conformance to the SAS 3.0 specification.

New Ultrastar 12Gb/s SAS SSD Family Delivers Enterprise-Class Endurance and Performance

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 28, 2014 — HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), today announced its next-generation of Ultrastar® 12Gb/s SAS solid-state drives (SSDs) with capacities up to 1.6TB. Building upon its award-winning first generation 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, the new Ultrastar SSD800MH.B, Ultrastar SSD1600MM and Ultrastar SSD1600MR are the ideal building blocks for server and storage systems running today's performance-sensitive enterprise applications.

STA experts at Booth #801 and on panel discuss how the reliability, availability and scalability of SAS can meet the needs of the data center of today and tomorrow

SAN FRANCISCO - July 29, 2014 — As more enterprises begin to adopt hyperscale computing systems to meet big data analytical needs, scale-out storage and scalability is increasingly in the spotlight. During a panel presentation scheduled at the 2014 Flash Memory Summit, leading storage industry experts from the SCSI Trade Association (STA) will discuss the challenges of distributed storage systems and how the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage protocol is uniquely positioned to handle the mixture of workloads and I/O demands required.

World's first 1.8 TB 10K Drive Delivers a 2.5X Boost in Random Performance and a Next-Generation 12Gb/s SAS Interface, Establishing a New Standard for 10K RPM HDDs

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 9, 2014 — HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), today announced that it is now shipping the world's highest capacity and highest performing 10K RPM hard disk drive (HDD) - the Ultrastar® C10K1800. Based on HGST's field proven high-quality design, the 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF), enterprise-class Ultrastar® C10K1800 combines high capacity with a significant improvement in both random write and sequential performance for mission-critical storage applications requiring 24/7 availability.

First end-to-end copper and optical SAS 3.0 I/O solution with multi-plugging capability

LISLE, IL - June 17, 2014 - Molex Incorporated announces the launch of its new comprehensive iPass+™ High-Density Interconnect System, comprised of host-side board connectors, internal and external copper cable assemblies and Active Optical Cables (AOCs) capable of transporting SAS 3.0, 12 Gbps signals in lengths up to 100 meters. The enhanced iPass+ HD system is designed and engineered to meet the new performance standards for speed and density.

New Optimus MAX™ SSD Is the First True Replacement for Data Center HDDs Delivering SAS Features and Performance at a New Level of Affordability

Optimus MAX Leads Refresh of Entire Optimus® 19nm MLC SSD Family

MILPITAS, Calif. April 30, 2014 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the Optimus MAX Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drive (SSD), the industry's first 4TB1 SAS SSD. The Optimus MAX SSD achieves a capacity point that far outpaces today's highest-capacity 2.5" 10K and 15K rpm SAS hard-disk drives (HDDs), making it the first true replacement for legacy mission-critical data center SAS HDDs. Most notably, the Optimus MAX SSD delivers SAS performance and functionality at a breakthrough price point that was previously only available in SATA-based SSDs. The Optimus MAX SSD tops the newly refreshed Optimus® SAS SSD family and also joins the company's newly announced Lightning® Gen. II 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, extending SanDisk's entire SAS portfolio to cover the performance, capacity and endurance needs of a wide array of enterprise applications.

New 12Gb/s SAS Product Family Complements Existing Portfolio to Meet the Performance, Durability and Capacity Requirements Across a Breadth of Enterprise Application Workloads

MILPITAS, Calif. April 30, 2014 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the Lightning® Gen. II family of enterprise-class 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drives (SSDs). The Lightning Gen. II 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, together with the newly announced Optimus MAX™ 4TB1 SAS SSD and updated Optimus® SSD product family, help businesses meet the performance, uptime and capacity requirements across the wide range of mixed-use, read- and write-intensive application workloads common in today's data centers.

New 2.5-inch HDDs in capacities up to 600GB with optional self-encryption

IRVINE, Calif. - March 3, 2014 — The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces new additions to the enterprise capacity hard disk drives (HDD) - the AL13SXB and the self-encrypting AL13SXQ. With a 2.5-inch form factor, the AL13SXB and AL13SXQ have 15mm z-height and spin at speeds up to 15,000 rotations per minute (RPM), making the AL13SX series suitable for mission critical enterprise storage applications.

New, 2.5-inch 600GB Ultrastar® C15K600 HDDs, and the Newly FIPS 140-2 Certified 12Gb/s SAS Ultrastar SSD, Complement HGST's Growing Line of Reliable, Enterprise-Class Storage Solutions for Improving Storage Density and Lowering Power in High-Performance Computing Environments

SAN JOSE, Calif., February 26, 2014 - HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), today announced that it is shipping a new family of high-performance, high-capacity, 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF), 15K RPM enterprise-class hard disk drives (HDD) - the Ultrastar C15K600 family. Delivering best-in-class performance and capacity in one streamlined solution, the new Ultrastar C15K600 family enables higher density and higher performing servers, blades and network storage arrays all while reducing space requirements, lowering cooling costs and improving total cost of ownership (TCO). - See more.

Organization reports record participation at its 2013 Plugfests as 12Gb/s SAS products rolled out in production volumes; SCSI Express specifications moved forward

SAN FRANCISCO — February 11, 2014 — Announcing its newly elected Board of Directors for 2014, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) recapped a year of significant milestones and looked ahead to continued advancement and innovation of the proven and predominant SCSI data storage standard.

Milestone signals SCSI Express products are in development and moving forward

SAN FRANCISCO - February 4, 2014 -- In a move that punctuates the importance of technical standards including interoperability, investment protection and improved quality for end users, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) today announced the T10 Technical Committee completed and forwarded the first version of the SCSI Express specifications to the InterNational Committee on Information Technology Standards (INCITS) in November 2013. The SCSI Express specifications include the SCSI over PCI (SOP) and PCI Express (PCIe) Queuing Interface (PQI) technical standards.