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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

Company Unveils First Client SSD, Next-Generation Enterprise SSDs, and PCIe Accelerator Card

CUPERTINO, Calif. May 7, 2013 — Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ:STX), a worldwide leader in storage solutions, today announced its new portfolio of flash-memory solutions. The company took the wraps off its first client solid state drive (SSD) and its next-generation enterprise SSDs. Featuring the Seagate® 600 SSD, Seagate® 600 Pro SSD, and the Seagate® 1200 SSD, the new line of drives are engineered to deliver ultra-fast speed and high data integrity. Rounding out the portfolio, Seagate also announced the new Seagate® X8 Accelerator, a storage class memory PCIe card powered by Virident enabling the company to offer all key interfaces including SATA and SAS solutions.

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.

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.

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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Adaptec Series 6E Provides Affordable 6Gb/s RAID that Outperforms Software-based HBAs and SATA Controllers

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 11, 2011 - PMC-Sierra, Inc., ("PMC") (Nasdaq:PMCS), the network semiconductor innovator, today announced the industry's first true hardware 6Gb/s SATA/SAS RAID controllers with on-board DRAM cache for the entry-level market segment. The Adaptec by PMC family of Series 6E RAID controllers enable HBA and hardware RAID functionality in an affordable single card. Based on PMC's industry-proven PM8013 SRC 6Gb/s RAID-on-Chip (RoC) and ARC RAID stack, the entry-level Series 6 four-port 6405E and eight-port 6805E controllers also leverage compatible GUI and management utility tools featured with all Adaptec RAID controllers.

SAS Starter Kit: Mixing SAS and SATA Drives in a Single Enclosure

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) has begun to play a key role as the enterprise continues to move towards more optimized, cost-effective storage platforms. Overcoming many of the limitations of traditional parallel SCSI implementations, SAS solutions that offer connectivity choices and support both SAS and Serial ATA (SATA) drive technology enable enterprises to easily create tiered storage environments. However, concerns about performance expectations and Rotational Vibration Interference (RVI) in mixed SAS/SATA environments are preventing many organizations from adopting SAS technology. (March 2007)

Collaborates with Marvell to Deliver Third Generation SAS/SATA RAID Adapters

Amherst, NY (June 8, 2010) - ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, today announced the immediate availability of its ExpressSAS 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapters, delivering significant advancements in performance and flexibility with enterprise-class features. The ExpressSAS R60F (16 port internal), R680 (8 port external), R608 (8 port internal), and R644 (4 port external/4 port internal) feature ATTO's industry-proven RAID stack and incorporate Marvell Technology Group's 88RC9580 RAID-on-Chip (ROC) processor technology. By working with Marvell, customers will see a significant increase in application performance in media and entertainment and general IT environments.

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.

New features also enable hard drive spin-down for reduced power consumption and energy costs; extend VMware virtualization support

MILPITAS, Calif., March 10, 2009 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced MegaRAID® Release 3.6, which provides new features and advanced functionality for 3Gb/s MegaRAID SAS 87XX and 88XX series adapters. New features include enhanced management and data protection capabilities for solid state drives (SSD), hard drive spin-down for reduced power consumption and expanded VMware® virtualization support.

Unique Design Provides the Power of Two Independent Host Adapters

Amherst, NY (February 18, 2009) - ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, today announced the release of the industry's first 16-port 6Gb/s SAS/SATA Host Adapters, the ExpressSAS H60F and H6F0, as well as the release of the 4-internal/4-external port ExpressSAS H644, to its existing family of 6Gb/s SAS/SATA host adapters. Now available for OEMs, the H60F, H6F0 and H644 deliver throughput of up to 600MB/s per port with the flexibility to connect to SAS, SAS2.0, SATA and SATA II devices.

OEMs sampling new SAS-to-SATA bridge cards and 16-port storage processor for external storage systems

STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, DALLAS, Tex., October 14, 2008 - LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced significant extensions to its SAS portfolio with the introduction of the industry's first 6Gb/s SAS-to-SATA bridge cards and 16-port SAS storage processor. The new 6Gb/s SAS components for external storage applications extend the industry's broadest portfolio of SAS solutions. Major OEMs are sampling the new 6Gb/s SAS products to gain a time-to-market advantage for the deployment of next-generation SAS infrastructure solutions.

New Line Rate Enhances Finisar's Industry-Leading Xgig® Protocol Tester Solutions

Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 23, 2008 - Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR), a global technology leader in fiber optic and test and measurement solutions for high-speed networks, today announced that it is shipping Xgig® Jammer 2.9, the industry's first 6 Gb/s SAS error injector used for high-performance testing of storage products. The Xgig® Jammer provides 6 Gb/s SAS protocol testing support to greatly accelerate interoperability and compliance testing by ensuring that storage products adhere to the protocol standards. This new product is integrated in to the powerful Xgig® unified platform which supports all high speed storage protocols including 8Gb/s Fibre Channel, 10Gb/s Ethernet and iSCSI as well as the emerging 6Gb/s SAS and SATA offerings.

LSI and AIC Minimize Total Cost of Storage Ownership with SAS/SATA Solutions for a Broad Range of Markets

For SATA or SAS Functionality, Design Right First Time™ with Scalable LSI HBAs and MegaRAID┬« SAS Adapters Coupled with Turnkey Chassis from Advanced Industrial Computer (AIC)
Multi-level Partnership
Advanced Industrial Computer (AIC) ( is one of the industry's leading designers and manufacturers of rack-mount Server and Data Storage enclosure solutions. With over 100 years of combined experience between the mechanical, electronic, and system-level engineering teams, AIC leads the industry in all categories. With a complete silicon-to-systems portfolio of storage solutions, LSI develops multi- level partnerships with companies such as AIC to assure differentiated solutions that are valued by the end customer.