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Seagate unleashes first consumer SSD; enterprise version gets blazing fast 12Gbps SAS connectivity

Lucas Mearian | May 8, 2013
Seagate Technology today announced its new portfolio of flash-memory devices, taking the wraps off its first consumer SSD and its next generation of enterprise models.

Seagate 1200 SSD

Seagate's new 1200 series SSD is also an enterprise-class drive, but is aimed at enterprise storage and server applications with complex, write-intensive mixed workloads, such as high-performance computing and data analytics.

The 1200 SSD delivers Seagate's top performance in an SSD and the highest levels of data integrity, the company said.

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," Seagate said.

For resiliency, the 1200 SSD incorporates a dual-port 12Gbps SAS connector. It has twice the I/O bandwidth compared to its 6Gbps predecessor. As with all 12Gbps SAS products, the drive is backwards compatible with 6Gb/s SAS environments.

The 1200 SSD is available in 200GB, 500GB and 800GB capacities and comes in either a 1.8-inch or 2.5 inch form factor.

The drive has a top sequential data transfer rate of 750MB/sec and can generate up to 110,000 read IOPS and 40,000 write IOPS.

Seagate X8 Accelerator

The Seagate X8 Accelerator, which uses a Virident controller chip, is a server-based PCIe flash card. It comes in a single, low-profile card that can generate up to 1.1 million IOPS in order to boost application performance. Seagate claims the X8 Accelerator's performance is closer to volatile DRAM than non-volatile NAND flash.

The X8 comes in capacities that range from 500GB to 2.2TB in a half height, half length form factor.

Because of its small size, the X8 Accelerator fits in any server. The card comes with an 8-lane PCI Express Gen-2 interface, and is designed to boost the performance in database and virtualization applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Enterprise Server, MySQL and VMware.


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