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Surveying Today's Most Popular Storage Interfaces
December 2002 (vol. 35 no. 12)
pp. 48-55
Michael T. LoBue, LoBue & Majdalany Management Group
Harry Mason, LSI Logic Corp
Eric Anderson, Apple Computer
Mike Alexenko, Maxtor
Tom Clark, Nishan Systems

In a computer system, a storage interface defines both the boundaries between storage devices--such as hard drives, tape drives, or similar media--and how those dissimilar computing resources engage one another to work as a coherent system. Storage interfaces have been a necessary component of computer systems since computing's inception.

Today's storage interface arena consists of diverse industry standards combined with R&D investments from major industry players who continue to aid in the evolution of these numerous technologies. Although SCSI--the Small Computer Systems Interface--is probably the most pivotal standard in use today, other crucial storage protocols include Fibre Channel, IEEE 1394, Serial ATA, and iSCSI.

Michael T. LoBue, Harry Mason, Thomas Hammond-Doel, Eric Anderson, Mike Alexenko, Tom Clark, "Surveying Today's Most Popular Storage Interfaces," Computer, vol. 35, no. 12, pp. 48-55, Dec. 2002, doi:10.1109/MC.2002.1106179
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