The Savvio Series with its 2.5 inch form factor has really caught on for enterprise use. We are now starting to see consumer and small business products use the same interface. QNAP in January launched their TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS, a 2.5 inch form factor only NAS server. While the system can only use SATA interface hard drives, it is a start. Thecus has recently started selling two SAS systems, the N7700 SAS and N8800 SAS. Both are built for full size 3.5 inch drives, but it should not be long before we see a convergence of the two, making affordable, consumer and small business NAS servers available to everyone.
For now servers like the one above from Sun make full use of the 2.5 inch standard. In the picture above we see a 2U (around 3 inch tall) rack mount system that can house 16 drives and still keep an optical ROM drive as well as some direct ventilation to cool processors and memory.
When it comes to the performance of the Seagate Savvio 15K.2, the 146GB drive is capable of churning data at near Cheetah speeds while using less power and having a smaller footprint that allows more drives to occupy less space. Even more surprising is the fact that the Savvio drives cost less than the Cheetah Series products. Generally smaller form factory technology is the opposite and costs more, but for once this is not the case. Couple a lower cost of ownership with lower power consumption with higher drive density and your company could see significantly lower overall cost in the server room.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [The Seagate Savvio 15K.2]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - HD Tune Pro]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Everest Random Access Time]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Passmark]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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