DEC StorageWorks

Solid State Disks Ltd

Dependable Data Storage Solutions

We offer high reliability solid-state replacement drives for a wide variety of military and aerospace equipment.

Our CF2SCSI™ SCSIFlash™ drives can be used to replace drives with either internal storage media, such as magnetic HDDs and SSDs, or which use removable media, such as magnetic tapes, optical disks (CD / DVD), floppies and solid-state memory cards.

For example, our drives have already been used to replace the following drives on DEC StorageWorks systems.

  • RZ29, Open VMS versions 5.5.2H and 7.1 (with others currently under development).
  • RZ23, Open VMS versions 5.5.2, 5.5.2H, 6.0, 6.2 and 7.1.
  • RZ24L, Open VMS versions 5.5.2, 5.5.2H, 6.0, 6.2 and 7.1.
  • RZ29B (based on ST15150N), Open VMS versions 5.5.2, 5.5.2H, 6.0, 6.2 and 7.1.
  • RZ29L (based on ST34371N), Open VMS versions 5.5.2H, 6.2 and 7.1 (with others currently under development).
  • RZ28M, Open VMS versions 5.5.2, 5.5.2H, 6.0, 6.2 and 7.1.
  • RWZ52, OpenVMS version 7.1 (with others currently under development).

Our drives have also been used to replace the following mechanical tape drives on DEC StorageWorks systems, all with OpenVMS versions 5.5.2, 5.5.2H, 6.0, 6.2 and 7.1.

  • TLZ07
  • TLZ09
  • TLZ09 (based on C10)
  • TLZ10
  • TZ87N
  • TZK11

Model numbers TZ86, TZ86-VA, TZ87, TZ87-VA, TZ87N-VA, TK70,TK50, TZ89, TZK9, TK09-VA,TZK10, TZK11, TLZ88, TLZ06, TLZ06-VA, TLZ6L-VA, TLZ7L-VA, TLZ09 and TLZ07-VA can also be replaced with our CF2SCSI™ SCSIFlash™ drive; for use DEC VAX station 4000-90A, uVAX, StorageWorks, VMS and VS4000 systems, DEC Alphaserver 1000, Alphaserver 2100.

Also, where DEC towers are used, we can provide direct replacements for RZ29B-VA drives, for example, fitting them within your current canisters to replace DEC BA353-AA or Digital BA356-KC hard drive expansion units.

Alternatively, we can provide our CF2SCSI™ SCSIFlash™ in new canisters (as pictured at the top of this page) or we can provide our drives in new canisters within new towers (pictured below). And this was done recently for a customer in the semiconductor fabrication industry: see news item here.

If a move away from towers is desired, we can also provide a rackmount solution. For example, the image below shows three solid-state DEC RZxx disk drives and a solid-state drive with a removable CF card (to replicate the functionality of a DEC TLZxx tape slot).

Things to note:

  • Support for all models: VAX Station 4000, including RWZ01, RZ23, RZ26, RZ29 and RZ87.
  • Preformatted hard disk emulator for fast and easy system reload.
  • Small format PCB converts CF media to appear as a DEC SCSI device on your host’s SCSI bus.
  • 3.5-inch form factor PCB which will replace any 3.5-inch disk drive or larger drives with adaptor.
  • Will fit in a 3.5-inch disk slot using the same mountings.
  • SCSI host will typically see the device as a VAX Station SCSI disk drive.
  • Board is low power (just 5V only) and has an optional add-on display and push button user interface.
  • Microcode is field upgradable via integral serial port.
  • Optional integration support available if required.

Where to next?

What is CF2SCSI™ SCSIFlash™?

Our drive solves the growing and increasingly expensive problem of repairing or replacing ageing and failing SCSI-based 2.5-inch, 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch hard disk drives, magneto optical drives, quarter-inch tape drives and floppy disk drives on computer-based legacy equipment used in telecoms and other industries.

Combining proven SCSI drive architectures (SASI, SCSI-1, SCSI-2) with industry-standard, solid state Compact Flash (CF) card technology our CF to SCSI (CF2SCSI™) SCSIFlash™ is a solid-state drop-in replacement for any style of SCSI-based drive. Moreover, we can accommodate a variety of connector/interface types including, but not limited to, Pertec, QIC DAT, DLT 3490, Jazz, ZIP and Bernoulli.

Our drives are completely programmable, enabling the SCSI driver implementation nuances of the original equipment manufacturers to be fully emulated. This means you won’t have to make any changes to your system. Our drives are truly swap-in replacements.

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