Seagate Announces Industry’s First Enterprise Hybrid Drive

Seagate’s Enterprise-Class SSHD Boosts Performance by 2-3 Times Over Existing 15K HDDs

by Anton Shilov
07/23/2013 | 07:46 PM

Seagate Technology, one of the world’s largest maker of hard drives, has introduced Seagate Enterprise Turbo solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD) which combines 15K revolutions per minute hard disk drive with 32GB NAND flash memory. The SSHDs fuses the capacity of a hard drive with solid-state flash enabling high-speed performance for mission critical data.

 

“Typically the most demanding mission critical applications for 15K drives have improved performance by compromising on capacity and cost per GB. With the Enterprise Turbo SSHD, we deliver a no compromise drive that provides high-speed performance while enabling customers to leverage all of Turbo’s capacity. The result, a combination of performance and capacity that we believe represents a new paradigm shift for mission critical, enterprise storage— a real game changer in storage solutions now and for generations to come,” said Rocky Pimentel, Seagate executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer.

Seagate Enterprise Turbo SSHDs will be available in 300GB, 450GB and 600GB capacities. Each drive will be equipped with 32GB eMLC NAND flash cache, 128MB DRAM cache and SAS interface. The drive features 15K RPM spindle speed, 900 IOPS and comes in 2.5” form-factor.

Seagate Enterprise Turbo SSHD provides up to a 3 times increase in random performance over existing 15K-RPM drives. Based on preliminary performance testing using standard system benchmarking tools, a 10K-RPM version of enterprise SSHD boasts IOPS over 2X greater than a standard 600GB 10K-RPM hard disk drive. The end result is much improved and more cost effective performance for servers running mission critical applications such as big data analytics, virtual desktop infrastructure, and database and transaction processing.

The Enterprise Turbo SSHD enables lower cost server and storage configurations, making it appealing for OEMs and system builders who demand the highest, scalable performance at an affordable cost. An extremely efficient and economical storage solution, the drive provides significantly improved $/IOPS.

The drive fine tunes storage tiering by caching at the I/O level, thereby addressing performance gaps and bottlenecks often found in tiered system environments. It also offers a self-encrypting drive option to maximize security for data-at-rest.

Over the past year, Seagate has been working with major OEMs to put its enterprise SSHD prototype through its paces. After months of testing in Seagate and partner labs (IBM), the first enterprise SSHD has been shown to greatly improve overall system performance for servers running mission critical applications, and is available as an option for IBM Series x servers.