SCSI Trade Association Press Announcement
Why is the SCSI Trade Association making an announcement at this time?
STA members have been aware for over a year that the shipping rates for SAS
What led STA to believe that the SAS HDD multi-user market (read
enterprise market) would grow rapidly in 2006?
SAS HDD shipments were ballooning and STA wanted to ascertain industry
An announcement at this time would also encourage SAS vendors and users to
How many SAS HDDs does Gartner say were shipped and in used in 2005?
Gartner reported that 3Gb/s SAS HDD shipments in 2005 to the multi-user
What HDD technologies, other than SAS, were included in the 2006
research on the multi-user market data?
In addition to SAS, HDD technologies that shipped in 2006 included the
When does Gartner say that SAS drives will dominate the market?
Gartner predicts that SAS drives will become the dominate HDD interface in
Of the total SAS HDDs in use, what percentage does small form factor (SFF) SAS HDDs hold?
Gartner did not research SFF as a category, however, a comment was entered at the end of the report to the effect that SFF should cost less to operate and therefore gain market share over 3.5-inch HDDs.
Does STA agree with Gartner that almost 12 million SAS HDDs will ship during 2007?
From STA’s standpoint, 12 million SAS HDDs shipped in 2007 is a reasonable
When does Gartner say that 6Gb/s SAS drives will start shipping and
how many units do they predict?
In 2008, the number of 6Gb/s SAS drives shipped will start to grow, totaling
What does Gartner research data predict for Ultra320 SCSI’s future?
In 2005, Ultra320 SCSI drives shipped peaked at 19.3 million units and will fall
Is Gartner’s estimate of 210% CAGR for SAS drives shipped between now
and 2011 a reasonable projection?
If anything, it may be conservative.
Will the power usage cost differential between SFF and 3.5-inch drives
have an effect on the growth of the SAS market?
SFF is becoming more important as data storage users are looking for ways to
For further information, contact:
SCSI Trade Association
UNH-IOL Public Relations Manager
SAS Test Engineer