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Dell, EMC, Intel, LSI team to drive external storage standardization

Posted: 09 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Dell, EMC, Intel and LSI Logic announced early this week the Storage Bridge Bay Working Group (SBB), a cooperative, non-profit effort created to drive standardization in entry-level external storage. The SBB expects to speed the delivery of emerging storage technologies, such as internet SCSI (iSCSI) and serial attached SCSI, archiving and virtual tape libraries.

Several other key storage industry players have joined the founding members including Adaptec, AMCC, Aristos Logic, Astute Networks, Dot Hill Systems Corp., Neterion, RASILIENT Systems, Seagate and Xyratex.

"With the advent of a SBB standard, a wider base of customers will have the opportunity to deploy advanced storage capabilities previously limited to enterprise-class solutions," said Bill Dawkins, chairman of SSB. "This collaborative effort among industry leaders marks the next advancement in storageone in which standardized storage products are available quicker, giving customers more choices, value and a wider range of technology features."

According to the press release, the SBB will initially focus on developing and distributing specifications for standardizing external disk subsystem technologies. The group will also define mechanical and electrical interface requirements between storage arrays and the controller card that give the array its identity such as just a bunch of disks, RAID, iSCSI, Fiber Channel SAN and networked attached storage. As a result, a storage controller card based on the SBB specification will be able to fit, connect and electrically operate within a SBB-compliant storage array.

This process is expected to simplify the engineering and design process for independent hardware vendors (IHVs) and system vendors, yielding significant improvements for customers by decreasing costs and providing quicker access to new storage technology, the group said. With standardized SBB technology, IHVs can create a single controller design that is compatible with a number of disk enclosures, lowering development costs. With shortened development cycles enabled by the SBB specification, system vendors can devote more of their efforts on innovation and driving simplicity.

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