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Adaptec HBA 1000 Delivers Proven and Easy to Use Server Storage Solutions with 60 Percent Lower Power

SUNNYVALE, Calif., December 8, 2015 - PMC-Sierra, Inc. (PMC®) (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data, today announced the HBA 1000 series of 12Gb/s SAS/SATA Host Bus Adapters, the first products in PMC's new Smart family of solutions for high-performance cloud and enterprise server storage connectivity. The HBA 1000 delivers maximum resiliency and the industry's lowest power using field-proven Smart intellectual property (IP) from the most widely deployed server storage stack and PMC's SmartIOC™ controller. Broad compatibility from PMC Adaptec® management tools and drivers enables easy deployment across a wide variety of data center applications. With up to 16 internal or external SAS/SATA ports in a low-profile MD2 form factor, the HBA 1000 provides a native server connectivity solution that can handle the most demanding workloads and configurations (see video, infographic, power calculator).

Toshiba's latest enterprise performance 10,500 RPM HDD to support both 12Gbit/s SAS and 512n sector length

IRVINE, Calif. — October 19, 2015 — The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces its newest enterprise performance hard disk drive (HDD) line, the AL14SE series, designed for mission critical servers and high-performance, high-availability storage systems. The AL14SE is Toshiba's latest 10,500 rotations per minute (RPM) HDD to support 12Gbit/s1 SAS and 512n sector length for compatibility with the latest generation host controllers and host bus adapters.

SAS Device to Mid-Plane Interconnects Roadmap

The MultiLink SASTM initiative's purpose is to improve how slot-oriented Solid State Drive (SSD) devices can be configured to improve I/O performance. The externally-accessible backplane slot-based drive architecture will be fully compatible for use with existing SAS/SATA storage devices as well as new devices designed to achieve higher performance.

A new form-factor compatible connector will extend SAS to a 4-port configuration. When running at 12Gb/s, a single slot will be capable of providing up to 96Gb/s of bandwidth (full duplex). Additional signals will be provided for general purpose use within the same connector. The MultiLink SASTM architecture is a slot-compatible implementation and will accommodate a variety of SSD form factors as well as existing hard disk drives (HDDs).

Minimizing the impact to protocol changes makes MultiLink SASTM primarily an enhancement to the existing connector. It was decided to maintain the existing Small Form Factor (SFF) slot dimensions for ease of refitting an existing system and for providing maximum system flexibility for storage OEMs.

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Notes:

  • This roadmap shows connectors that enable SAS devices to plug directly into mid-plane connectors (no cable)
  • The connectors are grouped by standard dual-port SAS, 4-port SAS (MultiLink SASTM), and Multifunction (i.e, support for multiple interfaces, including 4-port SAS)
  • The port configurations (1 port, 2 ports, 4 ports) available for each connector are described, along with the maximum speed for each configuration

View / download the PDF version of this roadmap: SAS Device to Mid-Plane Interconnects Roadmap - August 2015, with notes (1.3MB)

View / download the PDF version of all current STA roadmaps: STA Roadmaps - August 2015, with notes (1.5MB)

SAS Cabling Solutions Roadmaps

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) burst upon the storage scene in 2004 as a serial replacement for the once ubiquitous parallel SCSI interconnect. While much attention is often given to the capabilities of the protocol and to the silicon and software required to implement these systems, it is often the physical interconnections that influence the adoption of I/O in a variety of market segments. Parallel SCSI, for example, supported everything necessary for clustered server deployments; however, the large unwieldy nature of the parallel cables and the restricted cabling distances greatly limited SCSI's applicability in these markets.

SAS removed many of these restrictions by opening up the bandwidth, improving cabling distances, and providing a compact connection scheme suitable for today's shrinking data center. While first generation solutions made tremendous strides forward, the connection schemes have continued to improve, opening up new markets for SAS in the process.

External Cabling Solutions

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Notes:

  • This roadmap shows the external cable connectors for each generation of SAS, grouped by max cable length & type
  • "Active" copper cables contain circuitry that enhances signal quality, thus extending the length at which the cable will reliably operate
    • Cables not containing such circuitry are "passive"
  • SAS Connectivity Management refers to cables that support the Cable Management Interface (CMI)
    • CMI enables a host to determine the type and characteristics of an attached cable by communicating with logic within the cable assembly
      • Cables supporting CMI are "managed"
      • Cables not supporting CMI are "unmanaged"
      • See SFF-8636 document for details (www.sffcommittee.com)

Internal Cabling Solutions

SAS Internal Cabling Solutions Roadmap - August 2015.jpg

Notes:

  • This roadmap shows the connectors for inside-the-box cabled connections
  • SFF-9401 specification provides pinouts from earlier mini-SAS and mini-SAS HD connectors to the new 24Gb/s SAS connectors

View / download the PDF version of these roadmaps: SAS Cabling Solutions Roadmaps - August 2015, with notes (1.4MB)

View / download the PDF version of all current STA roadmaps: STA Roadmaps - August 2015, with notes (1.5MB)

Serial Attached SCSI Technology Roadmap

SAS Technology Roadmap - August 2015.jpg

Notes:

  • This roadmap shows the availability of prototypes and end-user products for each generation of SAS
  • Schedule for 24Gb/s SAS is based on an understanding of the status of the SAS-4 standard and a general knowledge of industry product development
  • Plugfest is an event where industry participants test their prototype products to confirm interoperability
    • First 24Gb/s SAS Plugfest is expected to occur about mid-2017
  • End-user products typically become available approximately 12-18 months after the first Plugfest
    • 24Gb/s SAS end-user products are anticipated mid-2018 to early 2019

View / download the PDF version of this roadmap: SAS Technology Roadmap - August 2015, with notes (173KB)

View / download the PDF version of all current STA roadmaps: STA Roadmaps - August 2015, with notes (1.5MB)

Storage developers begin to integrate increased functionality as they bring new SSD products to market

SAN FRANCISCO, August 11, 2015 -- Revealing a new Storage Intelligence feature that improves the performance and endurance of solid state disk drives (SSDs), the SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) Trade Association (STA) today announced that the INCITS T10 Technical Committee has approved it for inclusion in the SCSI Block Commands feature set (SBC-4). The industry-leading feature will be used in products making use of the popular Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) protocol that delivers the performance and reliability required for enterprise-class storage.

Blog post on TRENDFOCUS.com by: Don Jeanette, TRENDFOCUS; June 2, 2015

SAS Hard Disk Drives made their way to the market back in 2004. It has been 11 years and these storage devices have, and continue to see a healthy product life cycle. SAS HDDs are seen in multiple segments of the market, including Nearline, 10KRPM, and 15KRPM. Customers who have implemented with Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) devices like the dual port functionality and robust protocol that comes with SAS.

Link to complete article

STA President Marty Czekalski presented "SAS: The Fabric for Storage Solutions" on April 7, 2015, at SNIA's Data Storage Innovation Conference in Santa Clara, CA. Topics in this presentation included:

  • SAS Market Overview, including basics of SAS architecture and deployment
  • SAS Technology Update, including 12Gb/s SAS, 24Gb/s SAS, and Advanced Connectivity
  • SSDs, MultiLink SAS™, and Express Bay
  • New SAS Features, including Zoned Block Commands and Storage Intelligence

Download the presentation here: DSI-2015 SAS the storage fabric, r4.pdf

Attendees will learn the value proposition of SAS and details on recent enhancements

SAN FRANCISCO - April 2, 2015 -- Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is the backbone of nearly every enterprise storage deployment and is rapidly evolving. New features such as Zoned Block Commands enable more efficient use of Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) for increased density in hard disk drives (HDDs) as well as potential capabilities for more efficient use of solid state disks (SSDs) in storage applications.

The AL13SX delivers mission critical disk drive performance in up to 600GB

IRVINE, Calif. -- March 11, 2015 -- The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces the addition of 12.0 Gbit/s1 SAS interface 512 native and Advanced Format models to its 15,000RPM Enterprise Performance Class HDD model line. These newest additions are specifically designed for mission-critical workloads, delivering the benefits of 12.0 Gbit/s SAS host transfer rate and enhanced power management features for integration with rack-optimized data centers. Customer applications such as OLTP and databases will see improved performance from faster host transfer rates using 12.0 Gbit/s SAS controllers. Also, new AL13SX series models supporting 4K native sector technology may further improve application performance in supported environments.

ATTO Expands 12Gb ExpressSA™ HBA Line

Representing the latest advancement in SAS Technology with internal and external connectivity

Amherst, New York (January 28, 2015) - ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage, network connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments for more than 25 years, today announced it has further expanded its line of 12Gb ExpressSA™ Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) with three new models.

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is rapidly evolving with new Zone Block Command feature for enhanced capabilities in enterprise storage deployments

SAN FRANCISCO - January 27, 2015 -- The SCSI Trade Association (STA) (http://www.scsita.org/), a member-run industry association established to support and promote SCSI technology, today announced its newly elected Board of Directors for 2015. The entire board roster was reelected.

On January 21, 2015, STA President Marty Czekalski gave a presentation titled "SCSI Continues to Evolve" at the Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) meeting during the SNIA Annual Members' Symposium. In this presentation, Czekalski covered the following topics:

  • New SCSI features for flash and performance
  • Beyond 12Gb/s SAS
  • Advanced connectivity
  • Status of 24Gb/s SAS
  • Zoned Block Commands (ZBC)

Download the presentation here: SNIA Annual Members' Symposium - STA update 012115 r2.pdf

STA President Marty Czekalski participated on a panel entitled "New Applications, New Technologies - What's Ahead for Content Storage" on January 5, 2015, at Storage Visions in Las Vegas, NV. During this session, Czekalski provided an overview of new zoned block devices and how this new SCSI command set will allow applications to better take advantage of new storage technologies such as Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) and enable continued decreases in storage costs.

Download the presentation here: Storage Visions 2015 MC r3.pdf