Seagate has been dipping its toes into the flash industry for several years now, boldly proclaiming that the solution for end users was its hybrid mixing of flash and rotating storage. It looks like they’ve changed their minds.
As time has progressed, many have wondered how traditional storage companies can maintain their relevance in a world where flash storage has become increasingly pervasive. SSDs offer super fast transfer speeds that reach several times (sometimes, a full order of magnitude higher) than hard drives. They also consume less power, take up less room, and are less likely to stop working if you accidentally shake your computer around when something is being written to the disk.
The Seagate 600 SSD is the company’s first consumer-oriented solid state drive. It’ll come in quantities of up to 480GB, while maintaining an extremely svelte 5mm (or 7mm, depending on model) height – naturally, it comes in a 2.5-inch form factor.
Seagate doubled down on the tech behind the 600 SSD and created the 600 Pro SSD – the company is promising an industry maximum IOPS per watt, which is an important consideration for the intended end users of the drives – datacenter and cloud storage providers. It reportedly uses just 2.8 watts on average, and automatically adjusts its energy use depending on workload.
It likewise maxes out at 480GB and also uses a 6Gbps SATA interface – no write speeds have been offered for either drive.
Continuing on the enterprise beat, Seagate also released the new 1200 SSD, which uses a 12Gbps SAS connector thanks to dual 6Gbps ports. That means it could theoretically deliver double the maximum bandwidth, though in practice even the fastest single flash device won’t hit that threshold.
The 1200 SSD will be created in capacities of up to 800GB, and offered in both 1.8- and 2.5-inch sizes.
Finally, designed for the ultimate performance, Seagate also showed off the X8 Accelerator, which follows the path set by other flash storage companies and shoves high-end flash memory into a package with a PCI interface – which bypasses the limitations set by other pathways, such as SATA and SAS.
Seagate says that the X8 can offer 1.1 million IOPS, and speed that is “up to 2X faster than the closest competitor”. Those are fightin’ words, and impressive, to say the least. Thanks to the non-limiting form factor, Seagate can cram up to 2.2TB of storage into the X8 Accelerator, while keeping things down to a half-height form factor (meaning that it’ll fit inside low-height servers, workstations, and more).
It uses an x8 PCI-e Gen-2 interface, but again, Seagate was unwilling to offer potential speeds or pricing data.