By Paul Vogt, Director of Product Marketing,
The flexibility of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) allows it to be used as a universal connectivity standard for a wide range of business needs. In addition to its role as a replacement for parallel SCSI, SAS now offers the ability to reduce the cost of servers and storage networks, to create tiered solutions that weren't possible before, and to provide investment protection for SATA installations. While SAS performance and scalability generate a majority of the media attention, it could be the flexibility that SAS brings to storage subsystems that creates the most value for your business.
SAS as a parallel SCSI replacement
SAS maintains support for the proven SCSI command set while offering much better performance, scalability, and availability. Stability and reliability have made parallel SCSI the standard in storage connectivity for twenty five years. SAS offers compatibility with this command set while overcoming the physical limitations of parallel SCSI. Now with SAS, it is possible to take advantage of dual-port drives, redundant connections, failover support and scalability up to 128 attached devices and over 16,000 addressable devices. Performance at 3Gb/s per port can be aggregated into wide-port connection bandwidth.