Premium Content

Access "No SAS for Networked Storage"

Published: 29 Oct 2012

As serial-attached SCSI (SAS) technology inches its way toward general availability later this year, it's becoming clear that SAS is a server drive technology, and not--repeat not--a replacement for the Fibre Channel (FC) drives currently used in networked disk storage subsystems. In other words, the same market segmentation that exists between parallel SCSI and FC drives will persist, if the industry has its way. Storage subsystems based on "an existing class of technology--those connections will remain Fibre Channel for quite a while," says Harry Mason, president of the SCSI Trade Association. For large array manufacturers, FC has the advantage of being a fabric, and can supply greater network addressability, says Gary Gentry, Seagate vice president, strategic marketing and planning. But in other respects, forthcoming SAS drives are nearly identical to FC drives, and are based on the same high availability platform, Gentry says. Recent SAS milestones include the approval of the SAS 1.0 specification by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and ... Access >>>

Access TechTarget
Premium Content for Free.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

What's Inside

    • LTO tape put to the test by Peter Groel

      Before you settle on another archival tape technology, read this article. Recent tests have shown there are differences in the quality of LTO tapes from different manufacturers and even between tapes from the same vendor.

    • Database archiving done right by James Damoulakis and Steve Jeffreys

      Once you have decide what to archive in your database, the hard part begins. Discover how to archive your database in the least costly manner possible.

    • Consolidating NAS pays off by Alan Radding

      The role of network-attached storage may be changing as more and more storage managers discover the the benefits of using NAS to consolidate file servers.

    • IT Says Yes to NAS Gateways

      NAS gateways embraced

    • What's Worth Outsourcing? by Shane O'Neill

      Is outsourcing the way to go?

    • How to get the best deal

      Take this crash course in bargaining for storage. Get the lowdown on effective tactics such as resisting vendor lock-in, working with multiple vendors and leveraging the second tier.

More Premium Content Accessible For Free