Seagate Launches Its First Enterprise SSD

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-12-08 Print this article Print

Seagate's Pulsar drives, which use single-level cell flash memory, come with SATA interfaces and are available in 50GB, 100GB and 200GB capacities, all on a 2.5-inch card. They are also quite fast, as one might imagine.

A lot of people do not realize that Seagate Technology, the world's largest spinning-disk hard drive maker, hasn't brought a solid-state drive to market until now-nearly two years after NAND flash SSDs started making major inroads in the data center.

EMC started making SSDs from STEC available for data center storage use in its Symmetrix arrays back in January 2008.

Seagate on Dec. 7 introduced its own SSD, dubbed Pulsar, as the first in a new line of enterprise-quality NAND flash-based drives that it will sell to OEMs.

Pulsars, which use SLC (single-level cell) flash, come with SATA (serial ATA) interfaces and are available in 50GB, 100GB and 200GB capacities, all on a 2.5-inch card.

The drives, as one might imagine, are fast: They are rated at 30,000 read and 25,000 write IOPS, with 240MB per second sequential read and 200 MB per second sequential write throughput. These, of course, are peak-performance numbers.

Seagate, like most IT hardware companies, sees SSDs as a strategic building block in the construction of new-generation data centers, and said the Pulsar is only the first of many solid-state products it will deliver.

"Seagate is optimistic about the enterprise SSD ... and views the product category as enabling expansion of the overall storage market for both SSDs and HDDs," Seagate Executive Vice President Dave Mosley said.

"Our strategy is to provide our customers with the exact storage device they need for any application, regardless of the component technology used. We are delivering on that strategy with the Pulsar drive, and you can expect additional products in the future from Seagate using a variety of solid-state and rotating media components."

IDC analyst Dave Reinsel said Seagate's long-established "ecosystem relationships and long history of serving global storage OEMs" will enable it to get established quickly in the SSD sector.

Gartner research director Joseph Unsworth has reported that the overall enterprise SSD market is well positioned for growth, from both a revenue and unit perspective. Gartner estimates that unit growth will double and sales will reach $1 billion for calendar year 2010, Unsworth said.

Competitor Micron, also a bit late to the SSD market, unveiled its own SSD on Dec. 3.

More information for OEMs about Seagate's Pulsar SSD can be found here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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