The world of technology moves quickly, and that has been most apparent in the transition to solid state drives. Seagate has continued to leverage third-party LAMD controllers for an extended period to power their enterprise SSD offerings. Seagate and LAMD have enjoyed a long relationship; Seagate actually invested in LAMD during their early development.
Recently, it was announced that Seagate purchased the SandForce controller Flash Controller Division (FCD) and the Nytro Accelerated Solutions Division (ASD) from Avago, though both units originated with LSI prior to their acquisition from Avago. This drastically alters the future of Seagate SSD offerings, and for the better. Bringing the talent in-house from an SSD controller juggernaut such as SandForce is a big win, and the ASD division is currently the world's second largest supplier of PCIe flash solutions.
Pairing these acquisitions with a strategic NAND supply agreement with Samsung gives Seagate a formula for success. Combining the new offerings with Seagate's tremendous sales and distribution channels spells almost certain SSD market expansion for Seagate.
In the interim, Seagate still has solid enterprise SSD offerings. The Seagate 600 Pro is designed to be a flagship-class product, and it offers performance and features that are in line with that expectation. Recently, the price of the 600 Pro has dropped radically, allowing them to compete with value SSDs. Current pricing trends are placing the heavily overprovisioned models at roughly $1.45/GB, and the standard versions of the 600 Pro can be found for as low as $0.60 cents/GB.
The 600 Pro excels in read-centric workloads, easily leading in 4k and 8k random workloads. In pure random write scenarios, the 600 Pro was bested by the Micron M500DC, which has stellar random write performance. In our mixed workload testing, we found the 600 Pro to offer robust performance above competing drives in our test pool, winning nine of 11 tests in the mixed 4k workload.
The Seagate 600 Pro also provides great performance in our server workloads, leading the pack in the Email and Web Server profiles, but trailing the M500DC in the OLTP workload. Sequential performance was impressive, and even under low loadings, the 600 Pro delivered excellent performance. Its performance in mixed sequential was also solid, but scored slightly below the M500DC.
The Seagate 600 Pro really separates itself from the competition when it comes to power consumption and efficiency. Its design is focused on providing the best IOPS-to-Watts ratio on the market, and it delivers in that respect. Its power consumption was regularly lower than competing drives, and the IOPS-to-Watts ratio led the test pool.
The 600 Pro features a robust design and enterprise-class features, such as Tantalum capacitors for power hold up. Overall, the 600 Pro is a sold offering from a trusted company in the storage industry. The five-year warranty of the 600 Pro follows the industry standard, and the new lower price point of the 600 Pro makes it a very competitive solution.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Seagate 600 Pro Internals and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System and Methodology]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks – 4k Random Read/Write]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks – 8k Random Read/Write]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - 128k Sequential Read/Write]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Database/OLTP and Web Server]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks – Email Server]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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