Quick Takes: Industry group formalizes Serial Attached SCSI spec

The Serial Trade Association has put the Serial Attached SCSI specification, which defines a device-level enterprise storage interface incorporating SCSI backward compatibility, into motion.

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Industry group formalizes Serial SCSI specification

The San Francisco, Calif.-headquartered SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run consortium established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced this week that the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) Technical Committee T10, has completed its work on the Serial Attached SCSI specification and has released the letter ballot, which formalizes the specification. In addition, it marks the beginning of the implementation phase of Serial Attached SCSI during which companies will solidify their designs, according to the STA. The Serial Attached SCSI standard defines a device-level enterprise storage interface incorporating SCSI backward compatibility, serial point-to-point interconnections, dual porting, increased addressability and the ability to scale to small form factors. Its physical layer is compatible with Serial ATA (SATA), giving future users the choice of populating their systems with SCSI or SATA hard disk drives or a combination of both.

The SCSI Trade Association

HDS puts McData switches on the global market

This weekMcData Corp., Broomfield, Colo., said its entire family of storage networking switches, including its Sphereon 4500 Fabric Switch and Intrepid 6140 Director, is now available globally through Hitachi Data Systems Corp. As part of an existing reseller agreement, McData's newest products are now available with Hitachi Freedom Storage Series systems.

McData Corp.

Hitachi Data Systems Corp.

HDS joins Microsoft data center program

Speaking of HDS>, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced its participation in the Microsoft System Architecture (MSA) for the Enterprise Data Center (EDC). The program tests software, hardware, services and support for network connectivity in a data center infrastructure implementation based on the Windows 2000 Server platform. A prescriptive architecture guide (PAG) based on the MSA EDC is being made available to enterprise customers. Microsoft said by using the PAG as a guideline, enterprises can implement core data center services while minimizing the time, cost and risks associated with enterprise deployments. The resulting enterprise data center prescriptive architecture guide storage solution (PAG) is based on Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 Series systems, software such as Hitachi Dynamic Link Manager, ShadowImage, Remote Console, Command Control Interface (CCI), and services. The PAG provides step-by-step guidance for building and configuring the data services components of the MSA EDC, including installation of SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition, fail over clustering, configuration of SQL Server 2000 Network Load Balancing, and installation of SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition on a Unisys ES-7000 server using a Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 Series system.

Hitachi Data Systems Corp.

ADIC, Sun strike new deal for tape systems

Advanced Digital Information Corp., Redmond, Wash., announced that the company will supply tape libraries to Sun Microsystems Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., through a new OEM agreement. The deal covers both DLT and LTO drive technologies, and it includes products based on one existing ADIC library and one new platform, according to ADIC. Shipments of initial library units are scheduled to begin during December 2002 and January 2003.

Advanced Digital Information Corp.

Sun Microsystems Inc.

New backup software offered with Linux 9

Arkeia Corp., Carlsbad, Calif., a supplier of heterogeneous network backup software, announced that its enterprise backup software is now included with the new Mandrake Linux 9.0 software package. Arkeia said the new package features redesigned graphical desktops and configuration utilities. Arkeia version 5 has a distributed client/server architecture, administrative capabilities and multiplexing technologies. Arkeia Light, the free version of Arkeia based on the same engine as the commercial version, is included in each Mandrake Linux 9.0 distribution. It supports one Linux backup server with a single-tape drive and 2 backed up Linux, BSDs and/or desktop-class Windows computers. A fully operational professional version of Arkeia 5 is also included in the Mandrake Linux 9.0 package. Mandrake Linux 9.0 PowerPack Edition is sold at $69. The ProSuite Edition costs $199.

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Legato NetWorker lands for Linux on the mainframe

Legato Systems Inc., Mountain View, Calif., has delivered Legato NetWorker for Linux on the Mainframe, a backup and recovery suite for Linux data on the IBM eServer zSeries. NetWorker provides full, incremental or differential backups to tape or disk. The inclusion of the NetWorker Storage Node in the solution allows for multiple processes writing out to different tape devices simultaneously for better overall I/O performance, Legato said. The solution also enables load sharing within a NetWorker data zone and increases scalability as the backup environment grows.

Legato Systems Inc.

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