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SCSI Trade Association Announces 2014 Board of Directors; Foresees Continued Advancement of Predominant SCSI Data Storage Standard

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Organization reports record participation at its 2013 Plugfests as 12Gb/s SAS products rolled out in production volumes; SCSI Express specifications moved forward

SAN FRANCISCO — February 11, 2014 — Announcing its newly elected Board of Directors for 2014, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) recapped a year of significant milestones and looked ahead to continued advancement and innovation of the proven and predominant SCSI data storage standard.

“With digital data entering every aspect of life, the demand that data be secure, reliable and readily available continues to grow,” said Marty Czekalski, Interface Architecture Initiatives Manager, Seagate Technology and President, STA. “It is the role of the STA members and its board of directors to ensure that the power and reliability of SCSI technology is well-known and understood so that the entire enterprise-class storage ecosystem can reap the benefits of its use.”

Czekalski reported that several SAS milestones occurred in 2013, including the final standardization of SAS-3 by T10 with volume deployment of 12Gb/s SAS technology. The first versions of the SCSI Express specifications, which include the SCSI over PCI (SOP) and PCI Express (PCIe) Queuing Interface (PQI) technical standards, were also finalized.

In addition, STA held two Plugfests in 2013 with record industry participation. During the events, companies focused on the latest 12Gb/s SAS specification and technology to ensure their solutions preserved existing storage investments. Interoperability for both forward and backward compatibility was demonstrated as well as managed cables and optical links.

“In 2014, we’ll see a real ramp-up of 12Gb/s SAS products in production volume and additional traction for the SCSI Express specification,” added Czekalski. “You’ll also see STA represented at numerous industry events, speaking about and demonstrating why SCSI remains the mostly widely adopted storage standard interface technology.”
In addition to Czekalski, returning officers to the STA Board of Directors include Greg McSorley of Amphenol, who serves as Vice President, and Dave Allen of PMC who was appointed as Treasurer mid-term due to job changes. Rick Kutcipal of LSI assumes the role of Secretary.

The 2014 Officers of the STA Board of Directors are:

  • President: Martin Czekalski, Interface Architecture Initiatives Manager, Seagate
  • Vice President: Greg McSorley, Technical Business Development Manager, Amphenol
  • Treasurer: David Allen, Director Product Marketing, PMC
  • Secretary: Rick Kutcipal, Director, Market Segment Lead, RAID, Storage Division, LSI

STA Board Members-at-Large

  • Cameron Brett, Director of SSD Product Marketing, Storage Products, Toshiba
  • Mike James, Director, Engineering, Enterprise Storage Solutions, SanDisk
  • Chet Mercado, Technical Marketing Engineer/Third Party Alliance, HGST, a Western Digital Company
  • Jay Neer, Industry Standards Manager, Molex
  • Dan Reno, Director, Technical Marketing Enterprise, Western Digital

Current STA Membership Roster

ATTO Technology
BizLink Technology
ConnPro Industries
Formerica Optoelectronics
Foxconn Electronics
HGST, a Western Digital Company
Seagate Technology
TE Connectivity
Teledyne LeCroy
UNH (Honorary)
Western Digital

About STA
The SCSI Trade Association (STA) was established in 1996 to provide a focal point for members to communicate the benefits of SCSI to the industry. STA promotes the understanding and use of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology and influences the evolution of SCSI standards to meet future industry needs. The Association has a nine-member Board of Directors, which oversees the Marketing Communications and Technology Committees and all STA activities. To subscribe to Serial Storage Wire, STA’s free Serial Attached SCSI newsletter, please visit: For more information, please visit the STA web site at, send an email to or call the STA office at (415) 561-6273.

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