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Seagate Savvio 15K.3 Enterprise HDD Review

By: Paul Alcorn | HDDs in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 2:07 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Seagate

Final Thoughts




The face of data storage is changing rapidly as new technologies emerge, and Seagate is morphing to the new reality. Seagate has extended their push into the enterprise SSD market with the Seagate 600 Pro for mainstream use and the Seagate 1200, a cutting edge 12Gb/s SSD. These are not the traditional solutions expected from an HDD manufacturer, but they are surely a sign of the times. While the face of data storage is changing, some things will remain the same. The massive explosion of data creates a requirement for bulk unstructured data. The performance HDD market is still alive and well, and SSDs are still prohibitively expensive for most mainstream architectures.


Seagate also has a strategic agreement with Samsung that provides them with a hot commodity in the SSD world: guaranteed NAND supply. Perhaps most telling is the Seagate mentality of using in-house design and engineering teams for their SSD products. Many of their competitors have purchased numerous outside companies to siphon up IP and talent quickly, but Seagate has stuck to more conservative purchases and homegrown engineering. Organic growth can be more productive in the long term; mergers can get messy and inefficient when smaller companies are assimilated into larger corporations. Only time will tell which approach will provide the best path forward.


Seagate is not content to rest on their laurels. They have led the industry with the development of SSHDs in both the client and enterprise space. This early technology lead has afforded Seagate yet another advantage: the only enterprise SSHD available on the market.


OEMs and hyperscale customers demand dual sourcing before they fully embrace a new technology. When another HDD manufacturer releases their SSHD (shortly), we should begin to see SSHDs take a deeper hold in the datacenter. We likely are not witnessing the passing of the torch from normal 15K HDDs to SSHDs just yet, but today's test results may foreshadow the future of high-speed storage solutions. There is no doubt the SSHD is a superhero in these tests. File systems and applications introduce more locality, which leads to results that are even more impressive.


The Savvio 15K.3 delivers impressive performance in the majority of our random workloads, easily besting other typical HDD solutions. The sequential performance indicates that a refresh of the 15K product line is due; it was surprisingly beat by the strength of the Enterprise Performance 10K v7.


A great advantage of the smaller size and faster speed of a 15k drive is the gain in performance efficiency. The 15K.3 not only had the lowest overall power consumption, but it was also the most efficient. This efficiency leads to reductions in overall TCO.


The Savvio 15K.3 hosts a spate of enterprise-class features, including a SAS interface, SED and encryption options, and an impressive MTBF of 2,000,000 hours and a AFR of 0.44 percent. Rounding this solid performance out with a five-year warranty explains why the Savvio 15K.3 has become a staple in the datacenter.



PRICING: You can find the Savvio 15K.3 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.


United States: The Savvio 15K.3 (300GB) retails for $232.00 at Amazon.


Canada: The Savvio 15K.3 (300GB) retails for CDN$401.41 at Amazon Canada.




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