Library » MultiLink SAS™: 2011

Presenters: Harry Mason, President, SCSI Trade Association
                       Marty Czekalski, Vice President, SCSI Trade Association
Where:   Storage Networking World Fall 2011, Orlando, FL
When:   October 12, 2011

In this presentation Mason and Czekalski present:

  • Update on the SCSI Trade Association
  • Range of SAS & SATA storage solutions
  • SAS technology and market overview
  • Key markets and sample deployments
  • Extending SAS innovation
    • 12Gb/s
    • MultiLink SAS™
    • Advanced Connectivity

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Making the Move from FC to SAS

If you're a regular reader of STA's Serial Storage Wire, you know that there's a transition taking place in the storage industry from FC-AL to Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) storage architectures and disk drives... NetApp is well into this technology transition, where SAS-connected disk shelves now account for a majority of storage shipped with new NetApp® systems.

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SAS Standards and Technology Update

Presenters: Harry Mason, President SCSI Trade Association, and Director of Industry Marketing at LSI, Corp.
                Marty Czekalski, Vice President SCSI Trade Association, and Interface & Emerging Architecture
                Program Manager at Seagate
Where: Storage Developers Conference, Santa Clara, CA
When: September 19, 2011

In this presentation Mason and Czekalski provide:

  • SAS Overview
  • SAS Performance Roadmap and 12Gb/s SAS staging
  • MultiLink SAS™ and Advanced Connectivity
  • SCSI over PCIe (SOP)
  • Backplane Receptacle Compatibility

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Extending SAS Innovation in 2011

Extending SAS innovation:

  • 12Gb/s SAS
  • MultiLink SAS™
  • Advanced Connectivity

Extending-SAS-Innovation-2011.pdf

What You Should Know about SAS

By: Harry Mason, President SCSI Trade Association, Director of Marketing, LSI
Where: FOSE Conference & Exhibition, Washington, DC
When: July 11 - 14, 2011

Mason presents an overview of the SCSI Trade Association, SAS technology and the market for SAS products and technology, including key markets, sample deployments and what SAS innovations will present in the future.

SAS-Market-and-Technology-FOSE_2011.pdf

MultiLink SAS™ Roadmap

The 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 SAS 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 SAS 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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