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An Introduction to the Storage Bridge Bay Specification Key Points A new open platform for storage innovations to benefit customers through standardization : Accelerating the availability of new technologies such as: iSCSI SAS Storage applications (e.g., VTL, archive)

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key points
Key Points
  • A new open platform for storage innovations to benefit customers through standardization:
    • Accelerating the availability of new technologies such as:
      • iSCSI
      • SAS
      • Storage applications (e.g., VTL, archive)
    • Delivering increased quality and affordability
broad industry collaboration
Broad Industry Collaboration

Membership is growing daily.

Expect steady membership growth to continue.

what sbb is
What SBB is
  • A specification created by a non-profit working group that is defining a mechanical/electrical interface between a passive backplane drive array and the electronics packages that give the array its “personality”
storage bridge bay specification

InfiniBand

PCIExpress / AS

JBOD

RAID

NAS

Archive

iSCSI SAN

FC SAN

VTL

Storage Bridge Bay Specification

Concept:

  • Standardize storage controller slots (SBB)
  • One chassis many controllers

LAN

SAN

storage bridge bay specification6

SBB

Storage Bridge Bay Specification

Concept:

  • Standardize storage controller slots (SBB)
  • One controller many chassis
storage bridge bay benefits

Platform Spending

Development Time

Storage Bridge Bay Benefits

End User Benefit: Increased Quality, Faster Access to

New Technologies, Greater Range of Product Offerings, Lower Cost

Increased Innovation

Equipment ProviderCost of Goods*

Validation & Test

Validation & Test

Software &

Solution R&D

Software & Solution R&D

Increased Investment* in solution value

Platform R&D

Proprietary Hardware

and ASICs

Platforms built

on standard

silicon & system

building blocks

Platform R&D

Commercial CPU

and Building Blocks

* Actual Investment will vary – conceptual chart based on Intel Marketing

key elements
Key Elements
  • Targeted at low and mid range storage
  • Modular backplane connector
  • Supports
    • Up to 28 drives - SAS, SATA, FC
    • Redundant bridges/controllers
    • Redundant management interface and VPD

Chassis front view

Chassis rear view

Note: Actual enclosure designs will not match these drawings

specification focus
Specification Focus

SBB Backplane Connectors

SBBCanister

SBBCanister

VPD EEPROM

specification status
Specification Status

1.0 H1’06

0.6 Draft Q1’06

2.0 H1‘07

2006

2007

2005

Prior work

Rev 0.6

  • Connector/signal definitions
  • Mechanicals
  • Basic enclosure management (VPD)

Rev 1.0 – Spec. Completion

Pre Release work

  • Complete SI requirements
  • Specification ratification

SBB Rev 1.0 Release

V2.0 Effort

Rev 2.0 – Further Standardization

  • Refined sheet metal requirements
  • Allowances for more power

Specification

First Products

summary
Summary
  • A standardization effort to benefit end users
    • Increased quality
    • Faster access to new technologies
    • Wider range of product offerings
    • Lower cost
  • A new organization with broad industry support
  • A specification defining the mechanical/electrical interface between disk enclosures and “personality” modules

For more information contact sbbadmin@sbbwg.org

or

Attend the SBB session at the Intel Developer Forum.

Session STGS003 on March 8th at 2:00 p.m.

Moscone Center West, San Francisco