By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy
While wandering around the HP Discover Zone (demo area) last week in Vienna, I bumped into my colleague Lee Johns checking out a booth that said SCSI Express. I knew there was a briefing by the SCSI Express team in the bloggers lounge but missed it and I didn't know what it was. So I took the opportunity to ask Lee, who is the Director of Converged Storage, to explain it to me. We did a podcast on the spot! We then talked to Joe Foster in the booth to go a bit deeper on the topic.
SCSI Express fits perfectly into our converged storage strategy. SCSI Express is a next generation IO that will improve performance and latency within a server - and if you've been paying attention to what we're doing at HP Storage, we'll be able to take advantage of that with many of our storage products like the P4000 LeftHand and StoreOnce Backup System.
Here's that podcast with Lee and Joe:
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I have a couple of images to share with you as well - images that we discuss in the podcast. First, here's what a SCSI Express card looks like:
Joe and I looked at the performance of a single SSD drive connected to a ProLiant server via SCSI Express and a number of SAS-based SSD's connected to a ProLiant server through an HBA on the SCSI Express card.
Nigel Poulton is a blogger who was at HP Discover and I invited to join our briefings in the bloggers lounge. I think he must have went to the briefing we had on SCSI Express because he has a technical deep dive on SCSI Express titled I've seen the future of SSD Arrays. This isn't for the faint of heart but explains the technology much more than we did in our 8 minute podcast.