Seagate unveils ‘world’s fastest’ enterprise hard drive

Hybrid unit said to deliver threefold performance increase over existing solutions

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Seagate unveils ‘world’s fastest’ enterprise hard drive Said to be the industry’s first enterprise solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD), the Enterprise Turbo SSHD combines the high-capacity attribute of a hard drive with the high access speeds associated with solid-state flash memory.
By  Stephen McBride Published  August 10, 2013

Storage specialist Seagate Technology this week announced it is beginning shipments of "the world's fastest hard drive", the Enterprise Turbo SSHD.

Said to be the industry's first enterprise solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD), the Enterprise Turbo SSHD combines the high-capacity attribute of a hard drive with the high access speeds associated with solid-state flash memory.

"Setting a new standard in mission critical performance, the Enterprise Turbo SSHD provides up to a threefold increase in random performance over existing 15K-RPM drives, and is available with up to 600GB of capacity," Seagate said in an emailed statement.

"By unifying the best of solid-state and magnetic technologies, Turbo improves tiered storage performance combining accelerated speed with hard disk drive (HDD) high-capacity."

Over the past year, Seagate and IBM have collaborated on an enterprise SSHD prototype, bench-testing the unit in their labs with a view to integrate it into IBM System x servers.

According to Seagate, preliminary industry-standard performance testing of a 10K-RPM version of enterprise SSHD indicates IOPS (input/output operations per second) that are over twice that of a standard 600GB 10K-RPM hard disk drive. Seagate believes theperfrmance level is ideal for servers running mission critical applications such as big data analytics, virtual desktop infrastructure, and database and transaction processing.

Seagate will also aim the Enterprise Turbo SSHD at OEMs and system builders looking for lower-cost server and storage configurations.

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, Seagate claimed. It is also said to offer a self-encrypting drive option to maximise security for data-at-rest.

"Typically the most demanding mission-critical applications for 15K drives have improved performance by compromising on capacity and cost per GB," said Rocky Pimentel, Seagate executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer.

"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 is 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."

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