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Emulex Locks Onto SAS

As users scramble for low-cost storage, vendors are being forced to rethink their strategies for dealing with SAS and SATA technologies.

Today components manufacturer Emulex added a SAS I/O controller and a SATA-based storage switch to its product line in an attempt to tap into new market opportunities. (See Emulex Intros Switch, SAS Tools.) "There's a trend that we see within the storage systems to migrate more of the products to SATA and SAS-based disk drives," explains Mike Smith, Emulex's executive vice president of worldwide marketing. "Customers are looking for low-cost storage."

Certainly, the last few months have seen a surge in activity related to SAS and SATA , which are perceived as a cheaper alternative to Fibre Channel-based drives. (See Adaptec Makes Announcements, ATTO Intros RAID Adapters, and IBM Turns to LSI for SAS.) Yesterday HP unveiled bulked-up SAS and SATA versions of its All-in-One (AIO) storage systems, which followed the announcement of SAS adapters from Emulex rival LSI Logic. (See HP Thinks Small, HP Intros All-in-One for SMBs, HP Builds SANs for SMBs, and LSI Delivers Adapters.)

Emulex's 500S controller, which sits in the array head of a storage device, provides the protocol processing and connectivity to the individual disk controllers, and is the vendor's first SAS-specific controller.

The vendor told Byte and Switch that it is in OEM discussions with "several" storage vendors for the 500S, although Smith would not name names. One OEM deal with AMCC was made public today, and the vendor is expected to launch RAID controllers built on the 500S this summer.

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