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SATA Targets Enterprise Storage

The Promise: SATA II will provide highly reliable storage in SAN, NAS, and other storage devices at prices considerably below those of FC, SCSI, or SAS. Simplified connections and new components will enable the use of more drives and provide host redundancy.

The Players: Maxtor, Seagate Technology, Western Digital, Intel, Silicon Image, and others.

The Prospects: Judging from initial implementations of SATA drives in networked storage devices, it seems clear that SATA II's added capabilities will further position these drives as lower priced (but also initially lower performance) alternatives to FC and SCSI drives. As drive manufacturers boost the performance of SATA II drives, the choice between FC and SATA II will boil down to pure price/ performance differences.

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