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Adaptec, Seagate Push SAS

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Storage Networking World -- Seagate Technology and Adaptec teamed up here today in an attempt to spur more migration to serial-attached SCSI (SAS), although some users are still unsure about the technology.

The two vendors have joined forces to bundle Seagates Cheetah 15K.4 SAS drives with Adaptec’s recently launched 48300 host bus adapter in an effort to lure server manufacturers and resellers to the much-vaunted technology.

Seagate and Adaptec join a growing list of vendors touting SAS as a better-performing alternative to parallel SCSI technology. And its compatibility with serial ATA (SATA) -- missing from earlier SCSI gear -- enables users to deploy both types of storage as an alternative to higher-priced Fibre Channel. (See HP Integrates LSI Logic SAS, Input: US Govt to Award $250B IT Deals, and Adaptec Beefs Up SAS .)

Others making SAS announcements at this week's show include JMR Electronics, LSI Logic, and Promise Technology. (See {docink 82937}, JMR Launches Marlin , and LSI Extends SAS Line.) Xyratex also announced a 3U, 16-drive enclosure with native SAS connectivity -- a product enabled in part by Xyratex's purchase of nStor Technologies earlier this year. (See EMC to Resell Decru.)

But even as SAS has been gaining interest, many users seem skeptical about it. (See Adaptec Fleshes Out SAS Line.) ”Education is something that needs to be done,” says Gary Pedersen, network engineer for the city of Plano, Texas and an attendee at SNW. “[SAS] is a buzzword right now -- it’s just new.” That said, Pedersen admits he may consider deploying SAS in the future.

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