FATA (Fibre Attached Technology Adapted) disk drives are an alternative to SATA (Serial ATA) disk drives while SAS are an alternative to parallel SCSI or in the future, for some environments, an alternative to FC disks. SATA disk drives have the characteristic of lower performance, higher capacity and lower resiliency compared to traditional enterprise class FC and SCSI disk drives. A FATA disk drive has the cost and capacity characteristics of a SATA disk drive with the compatibility and connectivity of a FC disk drive.
The main advantage for SAS disk drives is that the parallel SCSI signaling has reached its practical limit in terms of performance and connectivity. 3.5" SAS disk drives are available today in some servers and in the future in some storage subsystems. Newer 2.5" disk drives will also support SAS as an interface along with FC to meet different application needs. You can learn more by accessing the white paper "What Type of Disk Drive To Use: Sorting Out The Various Options" at the Evaluator Group Web site.
This was first published in April 2005