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Seagate unveils new SSD and HDD solutions

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Seagate Technology (http://www.seagate.com) has announced its latest enterprise solutions designed to deliver storage for the widest range of application environments.

These solutions include: two new members of the Pulsar Solid State Drive (SSD) family; two next-generation Savvio 15K and 10K hard disk drives (HDD) optimized for a balance of high performance and capacity; and the latest Constellation ES.2 3TB HDD (pictured) for pure capacity-optimized mass storage needs, says Kurt Richarz, Seagate EVP of Product Line Management.

He says the Pulsar.2 SSD is the first MLC-enabled, (up to 800GB) SSD from an enterprise HDD vendor. Unlike other MLC SSDs that have been designed for consumer applications and lack the robust data integrity and endurance feature set required for enterprise applications, the Pulsar.2 SSD has been designed from the ground up for the enterprise, Richarz says. It reportedlly has the intelligence to automatically detect and correct a multitude of data errors than can occur during normal drive operations to deliver the highest levels of enterprise-class data integrity and endurance.

By enabling MLC NAND technology for the enterprise, this drive addresses the market concerns on SSD cost and endurance and will enable adoption of SSDs in the enterprise, says Richarz. The Pulsar.2 supports both native 6Gb/s SAS and SATA 6Gb/s interfaces.

The Pulsar XT.2 is a 2.5-inch, SLC-based, native 6Gb/s SAS, up to 400GB enterprise SSD. It’s the fastest drive in the Seagate portfolio, with sustainable random reads at 48K and writes at 22K IOPS and sequential reads at 360MB/sec and writes at 300MB/sec.

The Pulsar XT.2 is currently shipping to original equipment manufacturers. Both the Pulsar XT.2 and Pulsar.2 will be generally available to the channel beginning in the second quarter of this year.
Seagate’s latest-generation Savvio 2.5-inch small form factor enterprise class HDDs are built to deliver high performance, reliability, and capacity for tier 1, mission-critical server and storage systems. The 2.5-inch enterprise small form factor has transitioned to becoming the form factor of choice over 3.5-inch, with Savvio drives further maximizing data center capabilities without increasing footprint, says Richarz. By unifying an optimal small form factor size with higher performance and greater capacity and use of the latest 6Gb SAS interface, Savvio HDDs ultimately help provide IT data centers with improved storage efficiency, he adds.

The Savvio 10K.5 delivers the world’s highest capacity in a 2.5-inch mission-critical HDD with up to 900GB. It’s the only 2.5-inch 10K-rpm drive family to provide four capacity points (900GB, 600GB, 450GB, 300GB) on a single platform, and a choice of 6Gb/s SAS or 4Gb Fibre Channel interfaces.

The Savvio 15K.3 is the highest performing HDD available and is optimized for tier 1 storage applications. It comes capacities of 300GB and 146GB

The new Constellation ES.2 HDD has 3TB capacities and powers both server and bulk storage solutions, maximizing the storage footprint by supporting up to 114TB per square foot. It also introduces a new Seagate RAID Rebuild feature for enterprise HDDs. With large capacity drives comes longer RAID recovery times, but with the new Seagate RAID Rebuild development platform, customers can significantly reduce hours of lost productivity during RAID recoveries, says Richarz.

The Constellation ES.2 also features the SAS-based Protection Information feature for end-to-end data protection, Self-Encrypted Drive (SED) option for protecting data-at-rest, Rotational Vibration Feed Forward (RVFF) technology that sustains performance when placed in closely-packed multi-drive system environments, and PowerChoice on-demand low power options that keeps drives and systems running cool.

The Constellation ES.2 is offered in both 6Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA) and 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interfaces. It is currently shipping to original equipment manufacturers and will be available in the channel in quarter two of 2011.

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