Mixing it Up with SAS, SATA

Author; Kent Smith, Product Manager, LSI Corporation Exponentially increasing storage requirements in data centers, combined with the implications of regulations such as Sarbanes Oxley and HIPAA, entails large amounts of “business-important” information that must be periodically backed up and accessed while remaining readily available. IT managers are under extreme pressure to find storage solutions that… Read more »

SAS/SATA Compatibility Pays Off

Author: Suresh Panikar, Director, Branded Products Marketing Adaptec One of the most important factors in the growth of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is its seamless compatibility with Serial ATA (SATA) storage devices. Until the introduction of SAS, choosing a storage infrastructure meant making a choice to which a business would be committed throughout the long… Read more »

SAS/SATA Compatibility Hits its Stride

Author: Daniel D. Reno, Senior Strategist, Marketing and Strategy, Enterprise HDDs Hitachi Global Storage Technologies As noted by Gartner Group in the recent SCSI Trade Association (STA) press release, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) adoption rates experienced a significant increase in 2006, and SAS is expected to overtake Ultra320 SCSI, or Parallel SCSI, as the interface… Read more »

SAS + SATA = The New Paradigm for Storage Efficiency

Authors: Chaz Nichols, Global Channel Marketing and Kent Bransford, Sr. Technical Editor Seagate Technology “The only constant is change” is surely a familiar (and vexing) maxim to storage managers around the world. Grappling with this ever-present challenge requires a storage interface capable of both meeting today’s requirements and seamlessly adapting as priorities inevitably evolve over… Read more »

SAS/SATA Compatibility Simplifies Storage by Design

Author: Cameron T. Brett, Manager, Product Marketing PMC-Sierra, Inc. Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) was designed from the ground up for compatibility with Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives. The benefits of this compatibility include lower total cost of ownership (TCO), increased flexibility and usability, as well as allowing for larger storage capacities in enterprise and small… Read more »

Serial Attached SCSI – The Value Proposition

Author: Paul Vogt, Sr. Director, Product Management Xyratex International, Ltd. The Need for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) In order to understand the justification for the industry’s investment in a new I/O technology standard, it is useful to look at a typical parallel Ultra320 SCSI bus configurations. This type of configuration was a common Direct Attached… Read more »

An Introduction to SAS

Author: Susan Bobholz, Market Development Manager Intel Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is the logical evolution of the traditional parallel SCSI interface, and it represents the continuation of more than 25 years of technology development and infrastructure investment. In SAS, the SCSI protocol is transported over a serial interface. Compared to the existing parallel SCSI interface,… Read more »

Putting the SAS Story Together

Author: Cameron T. Brett, Manager, Product Marketing PMC-Sierra, Inc. Putting Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) to work is relatively easy. Server and storage solutions can be created ranging from simple direct-attached storage (DAS) in servers to high-availability, switched rack environments. To look at these solutions, it is best to understand the SAS building blocks first.

SAS Server Brick Case Study

Author: Kent Bransford, Senior Technical Editor, Seagate Technology The following is an actual case study, illustrating how SAS technology is a key enabler of high-performance business intelligence storage solutions that utilize the concept of a “server brick.” Microsoft Project REAL The server brick concept was developed by Microsoft while working on Project REAL (Reference implementation,… Read more »

HDD Interfaces in the Enterprise: Sorting through the Murkiness

Excerpted by David Reinsel, Director, Storage Hardware Research, IDC Note: The following is an excerpt from an IDC publication¹ Hard disk drive (HDD) interface transitions within enterprise systems are being clouded by a number of issues. Disk storage system vendor strategies are far from similar and HDD vendors are considering various options with respect to… Read more »