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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

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

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)
    Topics:
    • 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)
    Topics:
    • 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 Presentations.zip

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

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 Presentations.zip

Beyond 12Gb/s SAS

In this "Ask-the-Expert" short presentation at SNW Europe in Frankfurt, Germany on October 30, 2013, STA Vice President Greg McSorley gave a high level overview of STA's 24Gb/s SAS marketing requirements.

Slide titles:

  • STA's 24Gb/s SAS MRD
  • What it might take
  • Basic Link Budgets
  • Today's 12Gb/s HD miniSAS
  • Today's Drive Connector
  • New Mulitport Drive Connector
  • Transcoding vs. Line Rate
  • Forward Error Correction
  • Differing Dielectric Materials Can Help

STA Beyond 12Gb Expert Session V2-web.pdf

In this "Ask-the-Expert" short presentation at SNW Europe in Frankfurt, Germany on October 30, 2013, STA President Marty Czekalski gave a high level overview of Express Bay storage options.

Slide titles:

  • Express Bay: PCIe, SAS, SATA, SATAe
  • Express Bay Components
  • Refresher: SAS/SATA Compatibility
  • SFF-8639 Dual-port SAS PCIe x4 Connectors
  • SAS Connector Compatibility
  • Power Limit Control
  • Dual Port With PCIe for Higher Availability
  • Wide Port SAS for Increased Throughput

STA Express Bay Expert Session V2-web.pdf

SCSI Express: PCIe Storage for the Enterprise

In this "Ask-the-Expert" short presentation at SNW Europe in Frankfurt, Germany on October 29, 2013, STA President Marty Czekalski gave a high level overview of PCIe storage and its role in the enterprise.

Slide titles:

  • SCSI Express
  • SCSI Express Components
  • Express Bay
  • SCSI Express Devices
  • SCIS Express Roadmap

STA SCSI Express Expert Session V2-web.pdf

The SCSI Franchise Adapts for Solid State Storage

Presentation at 2013 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA in August.

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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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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

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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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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SAS Technology Overview

Basic SAS architecture and deployment

SAS-Key-Markets-Sample-Deployments.pdf

About STA — 2011

About the SCSI Trade Association in 2011

About-STA-2011.pdf

SAS Positioning

Serial Attached SCSI positioning in 2011:

  • SAS's value
  • Key Messages
  • Technology usage

SAS-Positioning-2011.pdf

Extending SAS Innovation in 2011

Extending SAS innovation:

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

Extending-SAS-Innovation-2011.pdf

Key markets and sample deployments of Serial Attached SCSI in 2011

SAS-Key-Markets-Sample-Deployments.pdf

SAS Anchors Enterprise SSD Deployment

By: Harry Mason, President SCSI Trade Association, and Director of Industry Marketing at LSI, Corp. and Marty Czekalski, Vice President SCSI Trade Association, and Interface & Emerging Architecture Program Manager at Seagate
Where: Creative Storage Conference
When: August 9, 2011

Mason and Czekalski present on SAS's role in enterprise SSD deployment, discussing market factors and forces and how SAS technology provides investment protection and high value for enterprise solutions.

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Presenters from Molex: Galen Fromm, Senior Electrical Project Engineer, Jay Neer, Strategic Product Manager, and Edmund Poh, Senior Product Engineer
Where: Flash Memory Summit
When: August 9 - 11, 2011

Fromm, Near and Poh present a snapshot and status report on Serial Attached SCSI and the development of connectors for enterprise storage bays.

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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

SAS Delivers Rich Media Solutions

By: Harry Mason, President SCSI Trade Association, and Director of Industry Marketing at LSI, Corp.
Where: Creative Storage Conference
When: June 28, 2011

Mr. Mason presents on Serial Attached SCSI and how it delivers performance and value in the demanding rich media environment.

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  • Welcome Introduction (Harry Mason, LSI & STA)
  • SAS Market Update (Mike Karp, EMA)
  • Delivering on the Promise of SAS (Todd Mottershead, HP)
  • SAS To The Rescue (Arlin Sorenson, Heartland Technology Solutions)
  • SAS: Improving Performance, Lowering Cost (Bob Griswold, Microsoft)
  • SAS Powers Ahead! (Marty Czekalski, Seagate & STA)

SAS_OH_2008_v8 1.pdf

  • Welcome & Introduction to SAS (Marty Czekalski, Maxtor)
  • Impact of SAS on Storage (Phil Brace, LSI Logic)
  • Transitioning the Market to SAS (Bob Moore, HP)
  • Database Server Bricks: Case Study (Rich Johnson, Microsoft)
  • Demo Preview & Questions (Harry Mason, LSI Logic)

SAS_OH_presentation_060509 1.pdf

SAS in the Enterprise Data Center

March 2005 IDF Storage Community Presentation, by Marty Czekalski

  • SAS Products Entering the Market
  • SAS Advantages
  • SAS System Features
  • SAS Protocol is the Key to System Communication
  • Typical SAS High Availability System

Mar05StorageCommunity 1.pdf

SAS 1Q04 Industry Briefing

Steve Denegri, RBC — Predicts

"Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is poised for adoption as a data transport in addition to its usage as a disk interface. In fact, with direct-attach storage (DAS) remaining a popular choice for incremental disk capacity needs, a tremendous opportunity exists for SAS in connecting these storage resources to servers. Just as SAS will likely displace Parallel SCSI as the interface of choice for enterprise disk drives, a similar upgrade to SAS may also take place at the host-attach level."

Jan04IndustryUpdate 1.pdf

SAS Overview

Overview of SAS architecture and position in the market; by: Marty Czekalski, Technical Marketing Manager, Maxtor — Member of the Board and Vice President of SCSI Trade Association.

  • Serial Attached SCSI is the next evolution of SCSI beyond U320
  • SAS has been designed to be a device and near cabinet interface only, not a network interface
  • Leverages an enhanced Serial ATA PHY while adding support for a second port
  • Serial SCSI utilizes features of Fibre Channel AND compatibility with SATA drives in a point-to-point, switched architecture

Martys_Final_SAS.pdf

What is Serial Technology?

Data travels in time and space between system components--the server and PC, the PC and connected devices, and within the software. Data that is transferred serially moves one bit at a time in linear succession through a fast single path. In contrast, data transferred in parallel mode consists of many data bits moving together simultaneously on a shared pathway.

The primary differentiator between serial and parallel architectures is the clock. In serial technology the clock is embedded in the data. This results in data constantly moving through the system from one point to another using the bandwidth to the fullest extent. A parallel architecture clock moves data at a measured pace, resulting in intermittent periods of inactivity. Data using parallel paths is akin to a vast army marching under the command of one general--it simply can't move as fast. The benefits of serial technology are well understood and are now being used for the most advanced desktop and enterprise applications including USB, 1394, Ethernet and Fibre Channel.

SAS_Brochure2003 1.pdf

Serial Attached SCSI Architecture

  • Key Serial Attached SCSI Features
  • Serial Attached SCSI Topology
  • Multiple Pathways Allow Concurrent Operation
  • Maximum Expander Device Topology
  • Two Edge Expanders
  • Typical Serial Attached SCSI Configuration
  • Out of Band Signaling (OOB)
  • Serial Attached SCSI Expander Operation (with SAS drives)
  • Serial Attached SCSI Expander Operation (with SATA drives)
  • Serial ATA Command Queuing and Serial Attached SCSI
  • Enabling Future Compatibility

SAS_Architecture_Overview.pdf

Presented at the Flash Memory Summit
San Jose Convention Center
by: Harry Mason, Director Industry Marketing — LSI Corp., President STA
Marty Czekalski, Sr. Staff Program Manager — Seagate Technology, Vice President STA

Download presentation: FMS_SAS_SSD.pdf

FOSE 2010 "SAS & SATA Change the Face of Enterprise Storage"
Marty Czekalski
(March 2010 - pdf)

OEMs, System Builders, and End-Users are deploying the feature-rich capabilities of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) to extend Direct Access Storage (DAS) architectures beyond the traditional usage models. Functioning as a storage solution backbone, SAS allows large numbers of either SAS and/or SATA hard disk drives to be deployed in a variety of storage application environments, effectively extending SAS into new storage realms.

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.

  • 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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SNW Europe "SAS & SATA" Combine to Change the Storage Landscape"
Harry Mason & Marty Czekalski
(October 2008 - pdf)

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.

6Gb/s SAS — Industry Rollout

6Gb/s SAS — Industry Rollout
Marty Czekalski
(September 2008 - pdf)

Industry Objectives:

  • Preserve 3Gb/s SAS usage models
  • Maintain 1.5Gb/s & 3Gb/s SATA/SAS compatibility
  • Improve storage system RAS attributes
  • Reduce the number of cabling connections options
  • Double transfer rate
  • Improve cost/performance & power/bandwidth ratio
  • Reduced # of connections per Gb/s
  • Eventual compatibility with 6Gb/s SATA
  • Improved link utilization
  • Improve rack-to-rack distances