Distributor Bell Microproducts has announced that it will deliver small form factor (SFF) serial connectivity to early system integrator and reseller adopters in partnership with Fujitsu Computer Products of America Inc., LSI Logic and Supermicro Computer.
Featuring Fujitsu SFF Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) hard disk drives and the LSI Logic SAS3442X host bus adapter (HBA), the eight-drive bay Supermicro canister is designed to fit into existing enterprise enclosures. Users can now leverage the proven SCSI technologies customers expect in data center environments with increased device support and bandwidth scalability, while reducing the overhead impact that challenges today’s SCSI environments.
“Today, the promise of Serial Attached SCSI becomes marketplace reality,” said Mike Chenery, vice president, advanced product engineering, Fujitsu Computer Products of America. “Fujitsu and LSI Logic have consistently led the industry in SAS product innovations and developmental testing. Now, with the cooperation of Supermicro and Bell Microproducts, we have delivered a pre-tested small form factor SAS solution with proven reliability.”
“This announcement represents an important milestone for the storage community. Fujitsu, LSI, Supermicro and Bell Micro have taken steps to deliver a market ready SAS solution ahead of the OEM community,” said Dave Reinsel, director of storage research, IDC. “We believe the transition from SCSI to SAS hard disk drives is a logical step for the industry as it seeks to enable higher performance, improved reliability and increased scalability to both the enterprise and SMB segments. Channel customers are in a prime position to be early adopters and to leverage the advantages of SFF SAS technology.”