A flurry of product announcements and industry politicking last week added to the growing competition between the IBM-sponsored Serial Storage Architecture (SSA) interface and an enhanced version of Fiber Channel also targeting high-speed storage interfaces.
Hewlett-Packard, Quantum and Seagate Technology–three major disk drive makers in the 3.5-inch OEM market–are backing the Fiber Channel Arbitrated Loop. Last week, the three disk drive majors claimed that more of the pieces necessary to support Fiber Channel–originally a networking specification connecting high-end data processing equipment–for disk attachment will soon be in place.
These pieces include interface chips from the likes of HP, QLogic and Applied Micro Circuits Corp.(AMCC). In addition, a core implementing the FC-AL specification is expected to be available from some …
19 Nov 2014