by Lyle Smith

Seagate Kinetic Ethernet Drive Interface and Kinetic T-Card Development Adapter Announced

Seagate Technology has announced two new development tools related to its Kinetic Open Storage platform, the Seagate Kinetic Ethernet Drive interface and the Seagate Kinetic T-Card development adapter.  Both innovations are scheduled debut at OCP Summit V and also have been accepted by the Open Compute Foundation as important open standards available to Open Compute Project (OCP) solution providers and system builders.  

Seagate, a strong supporter of open source innovation, is making its Ethernet Drive interface specification and T-Card development adapter available to the OCP. As a result, this will enable the community to design, test, and deliver applications and system designs built upon the Kinetic Open Storage platform, which provides an easy, cost-efficient path to object-based solution development all the while at a reduced time to market. 

The Kinetic Ethernet Drive interface also enables solution providers to transition existing SAS or SATA based chassis designs to systems by replacing conventional HDD SATA or SAS backplanes with Ethernet backplanes. Additionally, the platform’s T-Card development adapter gives software developers the ability to write and pre-test applications by communicating over the connectors to Kinetic Open Storage hard drives. Both specifications are designed to conform to industry standards of SAS drives pertaining to dimensions, specifications, power signal assignments, and physical placement.

The Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform, which was announced in 2013, is a device-based open source platform that takes advantage of a traditional hard disk drive assembly, the key/value API, and Ethernet connectivity, which allows for greater performance, scale, simplicity and a lower TCO for scale-out storage architectures.  

Solution provider partners Hyve and Wiwynn will demonstrate prototype OCP systems based on the Kinetic Open Storage platform at Open Compute Summit V in San Jose, California. Seagate will also present, “Kinetic Open Storage: Enabling Breakthrough Economics in Scale-out Object Storage,” on the main stage at 3:10 p.m. (PT), January 28.

More info on the Seagate Ethernet Drive interface specification and Seagate T-Card development adapter here

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