HP introduces FATA disk

Serial ATA, the alternative disk technology to Fiber Channel, just got its own alternative.

Working with disk manufacturer Seagate Technology LLC, Hewlett-Packard Co. this week announced a new disk drive which possesses similar characteristics to SATA in terms of cost and performance, but uses the FC protocol.

The new hybrid technology, dubbed Fiber Attached Technology Adapted, or FATA, is expected to begin appearing in HP's FC arrays this summer.

Kyle Fitze, director of marketing for HP's online storage division, explains that FATA is ideal for those enterprises that have already invested in an FC-based SAN and are looking to add capacity cheaply or to move less demanding applications to a disk technology that is less expensive. He said FATA, when compared to SATA disk with similar capacities, is half the cost per megabyte.

HP is keen to work with various standards bodies in order to standardize the way the FC protocol connects to these new lower cost disks, said Fitze.

HP will demonstrate the new disk later this month at Storage Decisions Spring 2004 in New York.

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