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Seagate on security and interface trends at SNW Fall 2011

The fall 2011 Storage Networking World (SNW) show is just around the corner and will be held next week at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. SNW is the world’s largest storage, data center, and IT infrastructure conference and brings together top information from information technology executives, leading product and service providers, and key industry influencers.

Seagate will be there participating in a number of speaking sessions on the topics of security/encryption and interfaces. Check out the topics below and be sure to also check out the full conference agenda here.

Wednesday, October 12, 10:15 a.m.

SNIA Tutorial: SAS and SATA Combine to Change the Storage Market
Marty Czekalski, Senior Interface and Programs Manager, Seagate Technology LLC
Harry Mason, Director of Industry Marketing, Storage Components Group, LSI

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) has become the backbone of enterprise storage deployments. Functioning as both a device level interface and a tiered storage interconnect, SAS has preserved the usability and cost-effectiveness of the SCSI architecture while rapidly evolving by adding new features, capabilities and performance enhancements. The combined legacy and evolution of SAS makes it possible to realize extremely high throughput with standard high-volume components while extending to new technologies of the customer’s choice and allows systems to be built that accommodate large numbers of either SAS and/or SATA hard disk drives. Intended for OEM, System Builders and End-Users, this tutorial describes the capabilities of the SAS interface, how it’s designed to interoperate with SATA drives, and when combined, how these technologies can be combined to deliver some very compelling storage solutions.

The presenters will take a look at the evolution of SAS, how it has expanded beyond traditional DAS usage, discuss the significance of 6Gb/s SAS to SSDs, examine the effect of SAS on bandwidth aggregation and show a detailed comparison of connector types. To keep attendees current on the most recent technology developments, the tutorial will also provide an up-to-the-minute recap of the latest additions to the SAS standard and roadmaps. It will detail applications and storage deployments requiring Non-volatile memory, faster RAID performance, and enhanced connectivity. The discussion will include an update on the status of 12Gb/s SAS development/standardization efforts, demonstrating how SAS continues to innovate and ultimately protect Enterprise storage investments.

Wednesday, October 12, 2:15 p.m.

Industry Perspective: Panel Discussion: Deciphering NVM Interface Alternatives – What You Need to Know Before Selecting

Jeff Janukowicz, Research Manager, Solid State Drives & HDD Components, IDC
Marty Czekalski, Senior Interface and Programs Manager, Seagate Technology LLC
Jimmy Daley, Director, Smart Storage, HP
Gary Kotzur, Director/Distinguished Engineer, NGCS Storage Advanced Engineering, Dell
Harry Mason, Director of Industry Marketing, Storage Components Group, LSI
James E. Myers, Applications Engineering Manager , Intel

The industry is wrestling with critical questions about the best way to reap the full performance and reduced TCO benefits presented by solid-state storage. This panel discussion will explore the topic of how best to connect and implement solid-state storage in enterprise environments in the coming years. Options including SAS and PCI will be considered. Decision factors related to performance such as latency, bandwidth, and scalability AND decision factors related to total cost of ownership such as power, solution robustness, serviceability, and sourcing options will be discussed by the expert panel.

Thursday, October 13, 9:25 a.m.

Industry Perspective: Making Data at Rest Encryption Easy For Enterprise Storage Users
David R. Kaiser PMP, Engineering Director, Enterprise Storage Products, Seagate Technology

The importance in protecting data using encryption continues to grow, but so do the challenges. Seagate is setting the standard in data protection using Self-Encrypting Drives (SED), come hear how TCG Enterprise is being implemented to make “encryption everywhere” a reality.

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