(formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital
company, NYSE:WDC) today announced the storage industry's first
technology demonstration of a 12 gigabit per second (12Gb/s) SAS solid
state drive (SSD), representing the next performance step in the
evolution of SAS, the preferred interface technology for enterprise
servers and storage solutions. HGST is participating in the 12Gb/s SAS
demonstration at the SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase on May
9, 2012, at the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Clara, Calif.
SAS SSDs and hard disk drives (HDDs), with their rich SCSI heritage,
continue to be the building blocks of choice for enterprise and cloud
storage. Enabling next-generation storage solutions, 12Gb/s SAS is a
broadly supported industry standard as it delivers twice the throughput
compared to today's 6Gb/s SAS solutions, while maintaining established
enterprise protocols and attributes. It is also backward compatible with
6Gb/s SAS for investment protection in current SAS infrastructures.
One of the enterprise features of today's SAS drives is a second
interface port that provides additional bandwidth to the drive. With
12Gb/s SAS on each of these ports, the drive can transmit and receive
data at a rate of 12Gb/s, resulting in a total available interface
bandwidth of 4.8GB/s per drive. With this speed, enterprise and cloud
datacenters will be able to reduce latency by harnessing the ultra-high
performance of SSDs or by improving the performance of large-scale HDD
"We have successfully achieved interoperability between our 12Gb/s SAS
drive and 12Gb/s SAS HBAs and expanders from both LSI and PMC-Sierra,"
said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST.
"Meeting these interoperability milestones is critical when preparing
the industry for the adoption of a new interface standard. We will
continue to promote broad industry support for 12Gb/s SAS, including our
sponsorship and participation in the SCSI Trade Association Technology
Showcase on May 9."
"Since the inception of SAS, LSI
has delivered an industry-leading portfolio of SAS-based products," said
Bill Wuertz, senior vice president and general manager, RAID Storage
Division, LSI Corporation. "As the preferred enterprise interface of the
future, 12Gb/s SAS will be essential to unleashing the full performance
potential of SSD storage solutions to help datacenters and cloud
environments contend with massive data growth and accelerate application
performance. With our ongoing validation processes and compatibility
testing with HGST, we are paving the way for a smooth industry
transition and market adoption of 12Gb/s SAS solutions by 2013."
"PMC's 12Gb/s SAS protocol controllers, RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controllers
and expanders enable breakthrough performance and scalability for
next-generation server and networked storage systems," said Derek
Dicker, vice president of marketing for PMC's
Enterprise Storage Division. "We have been working closely with HGST on
interoperability testing, and the high-performance benefits of our
12Gb/s SAS solutions, coupled with HGST's 12Gb/s SAS drives, will enable
a new generation of cutting-edge, scalable tiered storage for corporate
and cloud datacenters."
SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase Event "Taming the Data
As the datacenter continues to explode with increasing storage
complexities, cutting-edge SAS technology solutions are taking on the
challenge of "Taming the Data Beast." SAS solutions can be seen in
action at this year's SCSI Trade Association (STA) (http://www.scsita.org)
Technology Showcase. Reservations can be made now for this free event
SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase: Taming the Data Beast!
Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. PT
Santa Clara Hyatt, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
HGST (formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies or Hitachi
GST), a Western Digital company, develops advanced hard disk drives,
enterprise-class solid state drives, innovative external storage
solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world's
most valued data. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, HGST provides
high-value storage for a broad range of market segments, including
Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal
Storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S.
headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit
the company's website at http://www.hgst.com.
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trillion bytes). Actual capacity will vary depending on operating
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