Seagate’s Kinetic Storage Platform Promises to Reduce Cloud Infrastructure Costs by 50%

New Seagate Breakthrough Fundamentally Alters Cloud Economics

by Anton Shilov
10/24/2013 | 11:15 PM

Seagate Technology, a leading developer of storage solutions, this week introduced its Kinetic open storage platform. Seagate Kinetic simplifies data management, improves performance and scalability while lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) of average cloud infrastructures by up to 50%.


“With the Seagate Kinetic open storage platform, our internal R&D teams have designed an unique, first-of-its-kind storage architecture to enable cheaper, more scalable object storage solutions that free up IT professionals from having to invest in hardware and software they do not need – while empowering them with the most innovative storage technology available. This technology optimizes storage solutions for a new era of cloud storage systems, while drastically reducing overall costs,” said Rocky Pimentel, Seagate executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer.

The Seagate Kinetic open storage platform eliminates the storage server tier of traditional data center architectures by enabling applications to speak directly to the storage device, thereby reducing expenses associated with the acquisition, deployment, and support of hyperscale storage infrastructures. Companies can realize additional cost savings while maximizing storage density through reduced power and cooling costs, and receiving potentially dramatic savings in cloud data center build outs.

The platform leverages Seagate’s expertise in hardware and software storage systems to integrate a new key/value API – which will be open sourced – and Ethernet connected with Seagate hard drive technology. Designed for rapid implementation and deployment in any cloud storage software stack, this technology can be deployed across a portfolio of storage devices enabling system builders and software developers to design new solutions that will deliver against a full array of cloud data center use cases.


The platform enables cloud service providers and independent software vendors to simply and effectively optimize scale-out file and object-based storage. With the Kinetic open storage platform, applications can now manage specific features and capabilities and rapidly implement and deploy in any cloud storage software stack. The technology also increases I/O efficiency by removing bottlenecks and optimizing cluster management, data replication, migration, and active archive performance.

“Seagate's ambitious move into the storage platform space is a natural extension to their core storage business and their new Kinetic open storage platform is one that could redefine how data centers are architected going forward. Implementing this technology will empower data centers with more scalable solutions at an industry low TCO, driving change in the world of storage,” said, Laura DuBois program vice president IDC storage systems, software and solutions.

So far such companies like Yahoo, Dell, Basho Technologies, EVault, Huawei, Hyve Solutions, Rackspace, Newisys, Supermicro, SwiftStack and Xyratex expressed strong support for Seagate’s Kinectic.