Author: Tonya Comer, Product Marketing Manager, Industry Standard Servers,
IT managers have traditionally had scant flexibility when choosing a data center storage solution. Their options were limited to separate systems based on parallel Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA), Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) or Fibre Channel disk interfaces. These storage options constrained the IT manager's ability to deploy and redeploy core technologies, thereby often adding a significant cost and management burden to the overall enterprise. With the advent of serial I/O architectures, key solution providers, such as HP, can now provide one system or storage solution that will meet the requirements for a broad range of storage applications. This will enable IT managers to standardize on a single server or storage platform, dramatically reducing the complexities of managing storage applications in today's data center.
HP's Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA) solutions are the next generation in storage technology, offering better performance, flexibility and scalability. HP has been instrumental in driving the direction of SAS and SATA technologies within the industry. HP designs solutions that are the most advanced and most thoroughly tested, in order to provide the best customer experience possible. HP has ensured that key contributors are unified in the industry direction and development of this monumental technology.
The direction that HP is taking this technology is based on feedback from usersoverwhelmingly, the customer has requested a transition from the existing SCSI platforms to the small form factor (SFF) SAS platform. Product development addresses customer pains relating to heat management of newer generation processors by creating drives that draw half the power of their predecessors. It also addresses concerns around physical space constraints, as well as general IT issues such as performance, metrics and density.