Seagate Technology this week said that quarterly shipments of its solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD) products have crossed one million units. The company indicated that hybrid drives are gaining traction across different market segments, including client and enterprise drives.
“We have had a limited release of the enterprise hybrid drive with couple of our key OEM customers, but it is benchmarking really well. It is particularly [good], as we noted, against our 15000rpm-class drive in the marketplace; so as we continue to kind of uptick the marketing effort with our key OEM customers, we see that continue to grow for the foreseeable future. We were really satisfied as well in our desktop hybrid introductions and then in our client-class commercial-class hybrid drives meaning we crossed over one million units this quarter of shipments and see that continue to grow as an important part of the client compute part of the TAM basically,” said Steve Luczo, chief executive officer and chairman of Seagate.
Solid-state hybrid drives integrate both rotating media as well as NAND flash memory. Using special algorithms, the drives cache frequently used data to NAND flash cache, which greatly boosts performance, in many cases up to the level of solid-state drives.
Seagate has been trying to make hybrid drives popular for many years now, but only after SSHDs got support from modern operating systems large PC makers started to adopt such storage solutions. Recently Seagate launched hybrid drives for enterprise customers.
Toshiba and Western Digital also manufacture solid-state hybrid hard drives for client PCs.