SAS SPEC MOVES FORWARD
The SCSI Trade Association (www.scsita.org) last month announced that the Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) 1.0 specification has been sent out for public review by the T10 Committee of the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS). The SAS standard could be finalized later this year.
EMULEX HOLDS ONTO #1 SPOT
According to a recent report from Gartner Dataquest, Emulex held on to its leadership position in the Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) market last year. Emulex led in terms of port shipments (43% market share) and revenue (48% market share). Gartner Dataquest estimates that the 2002 market for Fibre Channel SAN components totaled $1.47 billion, a 3% increase over 2001.
SPECTRA BENCHMARKS iSCSI, FC
Spectra Logic benchmark tests have demonstrated that iSCSI-based backup is essentially equal to Fibre Channel-based backup in Microsoft Exchange environments. The tests were conducted over Gigabit Ethernet and a 1Gbps Fibre Channel SAN. The iSCSI test clocked in at a throughput rate of 33MBps, while the Fibre Channel demo achieved a 35MBps backup rate. Conclusion: Backup performance depends more on software and server than on wires and protocols.
UCSD ESTABLISHES STORAGE USERS GROUP
The Information Storage Industry Center (ISIC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), has launched a Website, StorageNetworking.org, in an attempt to form storage user groups. ISIC's goal is "to educate IT personnel and facilitate peer-to-peer collaboration on how to plan and manage networked storage architectures."
START-UP TARGETS BROCADE, CISCO, McDATA
Sandial Systems hopes to tackle the big boys in the high-end, director-class SAN switch market. Although Sandial claims to be in general availability shipping mode, it is not disclosing product details, which are due in the next quarter. One potential differentiator is that the switch can prioritize traffic and allocate bandwidth based on application requirements, a granularity that may be missing from other switches. The start-up has named one beta site: New Balance.
3X SPEEDUP FOR WS 2003 FILE SERVING
Tests commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by VeriTest show a 3x file-sharing performance improvement when Windows Server 2003 servers are equipped with Alacritech's Gigabit Ethernet Server and Storage Accelerator cards. That's compared to the file-sharing performance of Windows NT 4.0 Server Enterprise Edition without accelerator cards. The tests were based on Ziff Davis Media's NetBench 7.02 benchmarking software. (VeriTest is a division of Lionbridge Technologies.)