Storage Digest: Intel Developers Forum

By David Morgenstern  |  Posted 2003-09-18 Print this article Print

The annual fall Intel Developers Forum in San Jose, Calif., drew its share of enterprise storage vendors, showing new designs and support for upcoming industry standards. The announcements covered a wide range of technologies, from storage management to s

The annual fall Intel Developers Forum in San Jose, Calif., drew its share of enterprise storage vendors, showing new designs and support for upcoming industry standards. The announcements covered a wide range of technologies, from storage management wares to storage controller technology. And then there are the many host bus adapters. Here are a selection of announcments from the conference and expo:

LSI Logic to Showcase Advanced I/O Performance Features in Serial Attached SCSI Demo

LSI Logic will demonstrate advanced I/O performance features and Serial Attached SCSI interoperability. The demonstrations will connect an LSI Logic SAS controller prototype to an LSI Logic SAS expander prototype. SAS prototype drives from Maxtor and Seagate are in turn connected to the SAS expander prototype. Using full Serial Attached SCSI Protocol (SSP), the SAS controller prototype executes SCSI write and SCSI read commands, with data comparison, across the interface. Performance features, out-of-band communication, speed negotiation and disconnecting I/Os, will be shown. A SAS analyzer is connected in line to show the traffic being generated at 1.5Gbit/s.

Read the full press release here


Promise Technology Demonstrates Serial ATA Solutions for Enterprise Storage Segments

Promise Technology Inc., showcased a sneak preview of its next-generation Serial ATA storage subsystem. Serial ATA offers compelling benefits in server and networked storage environments. Promises high-performance, 15-drive 3U rackmount-optimized subsystem brings those benefits to market, showcasing the performance and cost savings potential now available to enterprise segments. Promise is also presenting its broad offering of ATA storage solutions including ASIC controllers, Serial ATA and Serial ATA RAID card-based solutions for desktops, high-end workstations and servers. Read the full press release here


Maxtor, Silicon Image and Comax to Demonstrate Serial ATA External Storage Device

The companies joined together to demonstrate the first external storage Serial ATA (SATA) device based on an early draft of the Serial ATA II Cables and Connectors Volume 2 specification being developed by the SATA II Working Group. The external storage prototype is a sample of next-generation SATA technology designed to meet the growing demand for faster external hard drive connections. The demonstration includes video playback from an external storage device for entertainment PCs. External storage devices are also well suited for gaming PCs and notebooks, or to expand storage for graphic artists and media creators. Read the full press release here


DataCore Announces Native iSCSI Support; SANsymphony Adds Inexpensive LAN Option for Accessing Heterogeneous Storage Pools

DataCore Software this week announced that it will release native iSCSI support for its SANsymphony software in Q4 2003. The new capabilities allow any iSCSI-compliant host to access a broad range of centrally managed storage resources as if they were local disks over the Ethernet LAN connection. The storage devices need not be iSCSI-equipped, since SANsymphony handles the protocol translation from iSCSI Ethernet connections to the particular disk drive interface (parallel SCSI, Fibre Channel, EIDE, SATA, etc.). DataCore employs Intel architecture-based Storage Domain Servers to consolidate and automate the management of these heterogeneous storage devices, at the same time enhancing the functionality and performance of those subsystems. Read the full press release here


Vitesse and Intel Work Together to Develop 10Gbps Packet Switching; Interoperability Builds Towards the Adoption of Advanced Switching

Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. announced interoperability of its TeraStreamIntelligent Switch Fabric with the IntelIXP2800 Network Processor, giving system designers an ideal combination of proven silicon products that provide an optimized solution for 2.5Gbps and 10Gbps packet switching. Applications for this product combination include metro routers, multi-service switches, enterprise backbones, storage area networks, and 3G wireless gateways. Read the full press release here

David Morgenstern is Executive Editor/Special Projects of eWEEK. Previously, he served as the news editor of Ziff Davis Internet and editor for Ziff Davis' Storage Supersite.

In 'the days,' he was an award-winning editor with the heralded MacWEEK newsweekly as well as eMediaweekly, a trade publication for managers of professional digital content creation.

David has also worked on the vendor side of the industry, including companies offering professional displays and color-calibration technology, and Internet video.

He can be reached here.


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