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Tips for SAS storage and blade server

In the blade world, external SAS storage is the new kid on the block.  We see this category growing a lot in popularity in 2009, mostly because it's cheap, familar and pretty flexible for the server administrator to carve up storage in different ways without the cost and complexity of a SAN. 


We announced one of our first SAS storage products for server blades late last year, but you might of missed it while you were hunting for a Wii. 


If you're looking to consider some storage alternatives for your BladeSystem, the team created some helpful technical docs to help you evaluate SAS storage for blade servers.


Boot from shared SAS storage for blade servers


Deployment Guide: Shared SAS storage for blade servers


Demo: Shared SAS storage for blade servers


Solution Brief: BladeSystem SAS storage


Build a virtual blade infrastructure. Features SAS storage for blades with VMware. 'HP Solution Block' that highlights shared SAS storage for blades in a virtual environment:


For those also looking for some more traditional ways to connect blades servers to your SAN, here's a bonus: SAN gateway best practices. A sort of generic tech doc for both SB460c blade and DL380 rack NAS/SAN gateways.


Any questions about SAS storage blades?  Let's hear them!

Will SAS be the new enterprise storage standard?

Yesterday, Lee Johns blogged about some interesting new storage solutions based on Serial Attached SCSI (SAS).  I did some digging and found some good resources if you want to learn more about SAS.


The first is our collection of white papers, articles and presentations to share with others.  You can see the full list here.


The other thing I found for you is a presentation from the SCSI Trade Association; the consortium behind the SAS standard.  It has a good overview (if a bit dated) of what SAS is and why it could become the new enterprise storage standard.


For those of you with plans Friday night, here are the cliff notes:


1. Performance – 3G serial links, wide ports


2. Effective Tiered Storage Solutions

– Mixes Performance & Capacity optimized drives


3. “Pay-as-you-grow” scalability

– Scale capacity, performance, reliability & availability


4. Effective way to Share Storage

– Legacy SCSI Boot, Low Cost, High Perf., Blade Friendly


5. Solid Infrastructure Investment

– Enclosures, Connectors, cables, testers, education, components


Do you have more reasons for SAS?  Let's hear 'em.

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