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Seagate's 2013 Consumer and Enterprise SSD Product Overview (Page 1)

Seagate's 2013 Consumer and Enterprise SSD Product Overview

Seagate finally gives in and prepares to enter the consumer SSD market. At the same time, the company is extending their enterprise portfolio in an effort to catch up to competitors.

Chris Ramseyer | May 7, 2013 at 07:00 am CDT - 1 min, 24 secs reading time for this page


Seagate's 2013 Consumer and Enterprise SSD Product Overview 01 |

We've known this day was coming for quite some time, but the real story, aside from the new products introduced today, is how we got here. Executives from both Seagate and Western Digital, two of the three remaining HDD makers, have made some flimsy remarks about solid state drives. In April 2012, Steven Luczo, Seagate CEO said:

"Flash is a complimentary Technology. It's not a competitive technology. Our industry shipped 100 exabytes of data five years ago, 400 exabytes in 2011, and we will probably ship a zettabyte sometime between 2015 and 2016. A zettabyte is equal to all the data that has been digitized from 1957 through 2010. We are going to ship that in one year. So whatever the architecture is, pads, phones, notebooks, ultrabooks, real notebooks, PCs, servers, clouds, one year, a zettabyte - that is all going to be on rotating mass storage."

We managed to track quotes going all the way back to 2008 where executives at both Western Digital and Seagate publicly stated that flash wouldn't take off as a viable consumer technology. Between then and now, both companies have had a change of heart. Nothing could have clarified the mass adaption of solid state in consumer than a recent marketing post on Western Digital's Facebook page advertising the latest VeliciRaptor product, the fastest consumer HDD. Nine out of ten comments mentioned SSD's and proclaimed HDD's dead for boot drives. The remarks were so vicious I actually felt bad for the person in charge of reporting that brutal beating back to management.

Today, Seagate announced their answer to the brutal comments found in discussion threads about their own mechanical based products. Let's take a look at the new flash lineup.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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