Category: SAS

The Many Faces of SAS – Beyond the DAS Factor

Author: Greg Schulz, Founder StorageIO Group Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) as a technology, has several meanings similar to the acronym SAS in general, which for IT professionals also refers to the Statistical Analysis Software from the SAS Institute. There is a linkage between SAS as a software package and SAS as a storage technology, particularly… Read more »

How Does SAS Become a Standard?

Authors: Harry Mason, President of STA and Alice Tate, STA Marketing Manager Special thanks to John Lohmeyer, Chair of the T10 Committee and Marty Czekalski, Vice President of STA, for their contributions T10 is a Technical Committee of the InterNational Committee on Information Technology Standards (INCITS, pronounced “insights”) and develops standards so that features and… Read more »

SAS and the Enterprise – is Each Ready for the Other?

Author: Mark Peters, Storage Systems Analyst, and Tony Palmer, Lab Engineer Enterprise Strategy Group Introduction The relative success of new technologies is not a one-way street. Indeed, the history of IT is littered with great developments that never ‘made it’, storage technologies that have had more written about them than on them. 6Gb/s SAS products… Read more »

Serial Attached SCSI Hard Disk Drives – Enterprise Proven

Authors: Paul Vogt, Senior Director of Product Management                Dale Lafferty, Director of Alliances and Partnerships                Xyratex International Introduction There is a technology shift taking place in enterprise storage environments that could help IT departments address some of the constraints the economy… Read more »

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Zoning Overview

Author: Tonya Comer, Product Marketing Manager HP Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) incorporates differential signaling, which reduces the effects of capacitance, inductance, and noise experienced by parallel SCSI at higher speeds. SAS links are full duplex (Figure 1); they send and receive information simultaneously, thereby reducing a major source of latency inherent in parallel SCSI. Unlike… Read more »

The Rise of SAS as NextGen Data Storage

Author: Anil Vasudeva, President and Chief Analyst IMEX Research Industry Trends Explosion in the growth of Storage Data The internet has been the catalyst behind the explosive growth of digital information, growing at an annual rate of 60% and estimated to reach 1,800 Exabytes by 2011. Regardless of the state of the economy, the amount… Read more »

Green and SASy = Energy and Economic, Effective Storage

Author: Greg Schulz, Founder, StorageIO Introduction To say that “green” is a popular trend is an understatement. Green messaging in general and the information technology (IT) industry in particular tend to center around carbon footprint and emissions reduction or cost savings. Green is also being seen or talked about as being dead or falling off… Read more »

Storage Device Dynamics for Enterprise Datacenters – An IDC Perspective*

Author: John Rydning, Research Director, Hard Disk Drives IDC Storage device options continue to broaden for disk storage system OEMs and end users. For enterprise applications, hard-disk drives (HDDs) are now available in several form factors, configured with parallel SCSI, Fibre Channel, Serial ATA (SATA) or Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interfaces. An increasing number of… Read more »

Case Study: AIC Enables Implementation of a SAS-Based Broadcast Media Archive Solution for KCET-TV, Los Angeles

Author: Alvin Ooi, Marketing Manager, Advanced Industrial Computer   The fast-growing demands of media storage in the broadcasting industry pose a significant challenge to the industry’s IT professionals. The entire workflow process, from intake and production to play-to-air, requires massive storage capacities which are easily and quickly accessible. Streamlining the process of retrieving and restoring… Read more »

The Data Center’s Green Direction is a Dead End

Author: Steve Denegri, Storage Consultant, Financial Analyst A study on data center electricity usage published a year ago by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to receive attention in the storage industry. The study illustrates that storage is not keeping pace with servers and networking equipment as it relates to the amount of energy each… Read more »