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Seagate enters the SSD market with client and next-gen enterprise SSD's

Seagate unveils their SSD strategy, unveils a slew of flash-based drives

By Anthony Garreffa from May 7, 2013 @ 7:01 CDT

The day is finally here, when Seagate enter the solid state drive arena, in a big way. Seagate have just announced their first client SSD and their next-generation enterprise SSD's.


The first SSD is the Seagate 600 SSD, which includes the usual SATA 6Gbps standard. The Seagate 600 SSD is available in multiple z-heights which includes an industry-first, diminutive 5mm-high drive which makes it perfect for ultra-slim devices. The Seagate 600 SSD is available at up to 480GB.


The second SSD in Seagate's announcement is the Seagate 600 Pro SSD is a low-power server and storage solution, perfect for cloud system builders, hyperscale datacenters, cloud service providers, content delivery networks, and virtualized environments. The Seagate 600 Pro SSD features the industry's highest IOPS/watt to improve system performance, as well as reduce power consumption.

The Seagate 600 Pro SSD uses 2.8w of power in typical use, and can reduce energy consumption by automatically adjusting the power consumption to workload I/O levels, using less power for lighter workloads. The Seagate 600 Pro SSD is available at up to 480GB, on the SATA 6Gbps standard.


Next up we have the Seagate 1200 SSD, which comes on the ultra-fast 12Gb/s SAS interface. This drive is destined for huge enterprise servers, with complex, write-intensive mixed workloads. The drive features a dual port 12Gb/s SAS connector, providing 100% faster interface speed over previous generations, enabling twice the I/O bandwidth while ensuring the highest level of reliability, availability and scalability. The Seagate 1200 SSD is also backwards compatible with 6Gb/s SAS.

The Seagate 1200 SSD is available at up to 800GB, and comes in both 1.8- and 2.5-inch form factors.

The final announcement from Seagate is the Seagate X8 Accelerator which is powered by Virident, and delivers memory-class performance and storage-class capacity with enterprise reliability and data integrity into a single, low-profile PCIe card.

The Seagate X8 Accelerator features up to 1.1 million IOPS, providing server performance that is up to twice the speed of its closest competitor, and closer to DRAM performance than storage. The Seagate X8 Accelerator comes in huge storage capacities of up to 2.2TB, in a small footprint (HHHL - half-height half-length). The Seagate X8 Accelerator fits onto a x8 PCI-Express 2.0 port.

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