Two recent releases received plus some older ones. Spot the common factor:-

1. From Dell: "Bracknell, UK, December 6, 2006 — Dell and Microsoft today announced a unified, networked storage platform for file and application data that delivers enterprise-class manageability, versatility, and performance for businesses of all sizes ... The Dell PowerVault NX1950 with Microsoft Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 ... The PowerVault NX1950 integrated solution includes single or two-node cluster configurations featuring a redundant, SAS-based back-end storage array scaling up to 45 drives ... support for up to 4.5TB."

2. From LSI Logic: "5th December 2006.
LSI LAUNCHES FIRST EASY-TO-USE, ENTERPRISE-CLASS STORAGE SYSTEMS FOR SMALL-TO-MEDIUM BUSINESSES

... LSI Logic today introduced its newest family of storage systems, designed for small-to-medium business (SMB) customers. The first models—the Engenio 1333 and 1331—feature SAS–to–SAS external RAID arrays for a shared DAS (Direct Attached Storage) infrastructure and are immediately available to LSI OEM partners in both single and dual controller models ... The model 1331 and 1333 systems feature a modular design, enabling configured system capacity to be easily matched to initial amounts of storage needed and scale up as storage requirements grow. Capacity of the model 1331 and 1333 systems ranges from a 2-drive configuration with 146GB of storage to a 48-drive configuration offering 14 TB of storage using 300GB SAS drives."

Hmmm.

3. "MILPITAS, Calif., September 20, 2005 - Design wins at four of the five largest server OEMs pushed LSI Logic (NYSE: LSI) Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) IC design win market share above 80%, the company announced today. HP, Dell, Sun, and FSC have selected LSI Logic SAS products ... Revenue from the SAS design wins is expected to exceed $450 million over the next three years."

Hmmmm.

4. Redwood City, California, March 6, 2006. Dell, EMC, Intel and LSI Logic today announced the Storage Bridge Bay Working Group (SBB), a cooperative, non-profit effort created to drive standardization in entry-level external storage. The SBB expects to speed the delivery of emerging storage technologies, such as iSCSI (Internet small computer systems interface), SAS (serial attached SCSI), archiving and virtual tape libraries.

Hmmmm.

5. "Dec 6, 2006. Dell today introduced the PowerVault MD3000, a versatile, direct-attached storage array delivering high performance and high availability for critical applications. The PowerVault MD3000 is the first external RAID SAS array from a tier-one storage system company ... The PowerVault MD3000 is Dell's second storage product to comply with the Storage Bridge Bay 1.0 specification. Dell is a founding member of the Storage Bridge Bay (SBB) Working Group ...Capacity - Up to 4.5TB per system."

-- Two Node Clustering - This is the first PowerVault MD product to support two node clustering providing high availability and fault tolerance for applications or services.

Hmmmm. Dell's NX1950 appears to use the MD3000 as its drive array. A 3U MD3000 can have up to 15 drives. At 300GB per drive (the LSI Logic 1331/1333 drive size) that's 4.5TB.

The 2-node clustering is a common factor between the Dell systems and LSI. Ditto the Storage Bridge Bay working group.

Back in April we speculated that Dell was going to OEM Engenio SAS arrays. It looks as if it has happened and Dell is OEM'ing the LSI Logic Engenio 1331/1333 SAS drive arrays. That's great news for LSI.