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ATTO Technology

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Industry  Storage
Founded  11 November 1988
Website  www.atto.com
Type of business  Private
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Key people  Tim Klein, President and CEO David Snell, CTO and Vice President of Engineering
Headquarters  Amherst, New York, United States
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ATTO Technology is a manufacturer of storage connectivity products for data-intensive computing. ATTO manufactures host bus adapters, RAID adapters, Fibre Channel switches, Desklink devices, protocol conversion bridges, RAID storage controllers, Mac OS X iSCSI initiator software and acceleration software with storage interface connectivity to SCSI, SATA, SAS, Fibre Channel, FCoE, Thunderbolt and iSCSI.

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1988: Founding

The company was founded in 1988 by Timothy J. Klein and David A. Snell and is headquartered in Amherst, New York. All of ATTO's products are engineered and assembled in the United States and ATTO has delivered more than an estimated 2 million products to the market in a broad range of storage applications and environments.

1989–95: First Products

ATTO’s first product was the SiliconDisk, a SCSI-based solid-state disk, released in 1989. ATTO received its first OEM contract with Kodak shortly thereafter, in 1990. In 1992, ATTO introduced the ISA, EISA and MicroChannel (MCA) host bus adapters for the PC market at the Comdex trade show. By 1995, ATTO added to its product line yet again with the introduction of the ExpressPCI SCSI-3 Accelerator, which received the MacUsers Editor’s Choice award that year.

1996–2008: New Technologies

ATTO continued to build on its early successes, releasing its Fibre Channel host bus adapters, bridges and hubs in 1996. A few years later, in 1999, ATTO introduced its first enterprise-class ATA-based RAID storage array. In 2002, the company released the iPBridge, an iSCSI to SCSI bridge, which would pave the way for later developments in bridging technologies. In the early 2000s, ATTO started a focus on the Fibre Channel market, developing and releasing the Celerity line of Fibre Channel host bus adapters in 2003 with 1Gb connectivity. By 2005, ATTO expanded its Celerity offerings with the 4Gb host bus adapters, as well as introducing the FibreBridge storage controller for data centers and the FastStream Fibre Channel RAID controllers. In 2007, ATTO stepped into the SAS/SATA market with ExpressSAS RAID and host bus adapters. The following year, ATTO released 8Gb Fibre Channel and 6Gb ExpressSAS adapters, and in 2009 the company rolled out the first 8Gb Fibre Channel storage controller. ATTO introduced its FibreConnect family of switches in 2010 and introduced a revised product in 2012, providing scalable, end-to-end SAN connectivity. In 2011, ATTO released its first FastFrame network interface cards and converged network adapters, enabling connectivity to Ethernet networks. In 2012, ATTO introduced its ThunderLink and ThunderStream DeskLink devices, the company’s first Thunderbolt-enabled products.

2015–Present: New Developments

By 2015, ATTO had expanded its FastFrame offering to include both 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet connectivity, in single-, dual- and quad-port configurations. The following year, 2016, was a banner year for ATTO, introducing both 32Gb and 16Gb Gen 6 Celerity host bus adapters and debuted the renamed XstreamCORE storage controller, replacing all but a few of its FibreChannel storage controllers. At the same time, ATTO’s Express Nav software was rebranded as XstreamVIEW. ThunderLink and ThunderStream Thunderbolt connectivity devices now support Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 3 platforms and provide connectivity to 6Gb SAS/SATA RAID, Fibre Channel and 10Gb Ethernet networks. Thunderbolt 3 to 40Gb Ethernet and both 32Gb and 16Gb Fibre Channel products were also introduced.

Products

ATTO products are sold directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), ODMs, White Box Systems Integrators as well as through ATTO authorized distributors and resellers. Products include: acceleration software, RAID Adapters, and Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) (4Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10GbE FCoE, Ultra320 SCSI, 3Gb and 6Gb SAS, 3Gb SATA and 1GbE and 10GbE iSCSI), sometimes called Storage Adapters or Host Adapters.

Other products include: RAID Storage Controllers—self-contained hardware that add RAID protection for stored data to SAS, SATA or Fibre Channel JBOD Storage Enclosures. RAID storage controllers also provide a single point of management for shared (networked) storage. Connectivity for all-in-one, laptop and small form factor computer systems which lack PCIe slots are served with their desklink devices. These devices support Thunderbolt to Fibre Channel, SAS/SATA or 10Gb Ethernet.

Protocol conversion products, called Bridges, convert one protocol to another while adding cutting edge monitoring and management features, for example: Fibre Channel to SAS/SATA, iSCSI to SAS/SATA, Fibre Channel to iSCSI or Fibre Channel to SCSI. Switches are also offered which provide 8, 16 or 24 8Gb Fibre Channel ports to enable an end to end SAN solution when using Fibre Channel HBAs.

References

ATTO Technology Wikipedia


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