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It uses IBM's SSA serial storage architecture from the connector to disk and has no plan to do fibre channel all the way through.
IBM, the second largest supplier of storage systems with 14.3% of revenues, had been pushing its Serial Storage Architecture (SSA) to become the SAN interconnect standard, claiming it was less costly and complex than Fibre Channel.
Serial storage architectures support flexible configurations, enabling an assortment of system connection options that help improve system performance and have the high availability feature set required to protect data.