by Anton Shilov
05/07/2013 | 07:39 PM
Seagate Technology, one of the world’s largest maker of hard disk drives, on Tuesday introduced a lineup of solid state drives (SSDs) for consumers and businesses and its next-generation enterprise SSDs. The family for consumers and professionals includes Seagate 600, Seagate 600 Pro and the Seagate 1200. Seagate also announced the new Seagate X8 Accelerator, a storage class memory PCI Express card powered by Virident.
“With these new drives, Seagate solidifies its commitment to the flash-based storage market by delivering enterprise SSDs and server-side solutions as well as client solutions. By adding more SSDs to our family of hard disk and solid state hybrid drives, we now have the broadest portfolio of storage products in the industry, delivering one-stop shopping for our customers and partners,” said Gary Gentry, senior vice president and general manager of Seagate’s solid state drive business.
Seagate 600-series SSDs are available in 2.5”/7mm and 2.5”/5mm form-factors and 120GB, 240GB and 480GB solid-state drives. The SSDs are based on multi-level cell NAND flash memory and Link A Media Device’s (LAMD’s) LM87800 controller. The SSDs provide over 500MB/s sustained sequential read speed as well as 300MB/s or 400MB/s sustained write speed. Seagate declares up to 80K 4KB read IOPS and up to 60K or 70K write IOPS, depending on the model.
Seagate positions 600-series SSDs as ultimate laptop upgrade that delivers faster boot up speeds, shorter application load times, and improved system responsiveness for the ultimate performance.
“Seagate’s new line of SSDs, including the new 600 SSD, will be a great addition to our existing assortment. We’re excited to introduce the new SSDs to our customers and look forward to continuing our strategic partnership with Seagate,” said Patrick Chung, vice president of global product management at Newegg.
Performance levels provided by Seagate 600 SSDs are generally lower compared to those offered by products from companies like Corsair, OCZ Technology Group or Plextor. However, it remains to be seen whether Seagate’s drives can offer enhanced reliability or performance sustainability than competitors.
Seagate 600 Pro solid-state drives are powered by the same multi-level cell NAND flash memory from Toshiba and LAMD’s LM87800 controller as the younger brother, but is available in 2.5”/7mm form-factor only. The drives are available in 100GB, 120GB, 200GB, 240GB, 400GB and 480GB capacity. Seagate declares 520MB/s sequential read speed and 300MB/s or 450MB/s sequential write speed, depending on the model of 600 Pro SSD. Random read IOPS of the drives is 80K or 85K, whereas random write IOPS is 8K, 11K, 20K or 30K, depending on the model.
Seagate positions entry-level enterprise Serial ATA Seagate 600 Pro SSD as a solution for low power server and storage. The Seagate 600 Pro SSD is ideal for cloud system builders, hyperscale datacenters, cloud service providers, content delivery networks, and virtualized environments. The drives come with specially-binned NAND flash as well as special firmware for improved reliability. The drive is also equipped with the intelligence to deliver high-data integrity, safeguarding against unexpected power loss and undetected corruption when a device is powered off.
“By incorporating Seagate's SSD technology into our product offerings we are able to address customer demand for greater speed, short, consistent response times, and greater enclosure and power efficiencies. As we continue to drive PC innovation in today's markets, we look forward to integrating this enterprise SSD technology into our Rorke product line providing our discerning customers with the ultimate in performance and value,” said Paul Poynter, chief technology officer of Rorke Data, an Avnet business unit
Designed for demanding enterprise storage and server applications with complex, write-intensive mixed workloads, such as high-performance computing and data analytics, the Seagate 1200-series SSD that delivers the ultimate in speed, consistent performance and the highest levels of data integrity.
Seagate 1200-series solid-state drives are available in 200GB, 400GB and 800GB capacities and are based on advanced multi-level cell NAND flash memory. Seagate expects the drives to deliver 800MB/s peak sequential read speed, 640MB/s peak sequential write speed, 120K random read IOPS, 40K random write IOPS. The Seagate 1200 SSD comes in either a 1.8” or 2.5” form-factor.
The drive uses algorithms that optimize performance for frequently accessed data by prioritizing which storage operations, reads or writes, occur first and optimizing where it is stored. The result is improved performance to help close the gap between processor and data access. The 1200 SSD leverages Seagate’s existing enterprise expertise and manufacturing excellence to deliver high levels of data integrity, manageability, testing and support. It also safeguards data against unexpected power loss and protects data from undetected, unintentional corruption.
The Seagate X8 Accelerator, powered by Virident, delivers memory-class performance and storage-class capacity with enterprise reliability and data integrity in a single, low profile PCIe card. Providing industry-leading performance, with up to 1.1 million IOPS, the X8 Accelerator boosts server performance with ultra-fast speed that is up to 2X faster than the closest competitor and closer to DRAM performance than storage.
Boasting high storage capacity (up to 2.2TB) in a small footprint (HHHL half height half length) the X8 Accelerator fits in any server. The card’s x8 PCI Express 2.0 interface enables it to deliver maximum application performance in database and virtualization applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Enterprise Server, MySQL, and VMware.
“Seagate is committed to becoming a premier supplier of both solid state drives and storage class memory products. We have put in place a winning strategy for developing multiple high value, flash based products and solutions for our customers,” added Mr. Gentry.