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The Road to 12Gb/s High Density SAS Connectors

Contributed article to InterConnection World by Jay Neer, Molex The initial release for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) connectors and cables was a bit different from the typical release of a new I/O standard. The SCSI Trade Association (STA) was committed to enabling Serial ATA (SATA) connectivity with SAS, so close coordination was required between the… Read more »

STA Background Document

STA’s Charter The SCSI Trade Association (STA) was established in 1995 as a member-run organization to provide a focal point for members to communicate the benefits of the small computer system interface (SCSI) to the storage industry. For more than twelve years, STA promoted the understanding and use of SCSI technology and influenced the evolution… Read more »

Bandwidth Aggregation: Paving the Way for 6Gb/s SAS

Contributed article that appeared in January 2007 issue of Storage Solutions Resource Catalog by: Susan Bobholz, Intel The first generation of SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) products represents a major leap forward in storage technology. SAS drives have a full-duplex throughput of 3.0 Gb/s and are capable of providing a competitive advantage to enterprises that require… Read more »

Building tiered-storage systems with expanders

Contributed article that appeared in January 2007 issue of SNS-Europe by: Sam Barnett, Vitesse Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) offers a wealth of benefits to the enterprise server and enclosure customer (high reliability and performance, mixed enterprise/desktop drive support, improved economies of scale) and key to scalability and performance is the expander. This article offers a… Read more »

Solving Command Time-out Issues

Contributed article that appeared in January 2007 issue of Storage Solutions Resource Catalog by: Mike Micheletti, LeCroy Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is a storage interface developed to meet the needs of enterprise-class storage applications. Central to the SAS value proposition is the ability to scale storage systems beyond the limits of today’s parallel SCSI, using… Read more »

Serial Attached SCSI: A streamlined storage architecture

Contributed article that appeared in October 2006 issue of SNS-Europe by: Paul Vogt, Adaptec In the past year, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) has evolved from the conceptual next generation of SCSI to products that offer increased performance and flexibility in the real world. The ubiquitous availability of SAS offers new freedom to use a single… Read more »

Silent Revolution in the Storage Market

Contributed article that appeared in September 2006 issue of SNS-Europe by: LSI Logic Flexibility with SAS, SATA and Fibre Channel The storage market is currently undergoing a fundamental change: Two technologies, parallel SCSI and ATA, are being replaced by serial successors. But there’s no need to rush; compatibility and market factors will ensure a peaceful… Read more »

Serial Attached SCSI: The Universal Enterprise Storage Connection

Contributed article that appeared in December 2002 issue of Computer Technology Review by: Harry Mason, LSI Logic The move to serially connected storage devices, primarily disk drives, is irrefutable. While today’s installed base is relatively small and consists of a few million Fibre Channel drives, new interfaces that service a greater percentage of the storage… Read more »

Serial Schemes Eyed for Disk Storage

Contributed article written for the October 28, 2002 issue of Electronic Engineering Times by: Marty Czekalski, Maxtor The current state of the industry for device-level storage attachment requires system designers to develop multiple solutions for a full range of storage price/performance options. With the advent of Serial Attached SCSI, designers can use a common infrastructure… Read more »