Seagate Shipping New 2.5-Inch, 600GB Enterprise HHD

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-02-09 Print this article Print

The world's highest-volume producer of HHDs has begun shipping a new 600GB, 2.5-inch enterprise drive to its OEMs that runs at 10,000 rpm. This doubles the capacity of conventional 3.5-inch drives.

When it comes to enterprise-grade hard drives, smaller is turning out to be better-and for a lot of reasons.

Seagate, the world's highest-volume producer of HHDs, Feb. 9 began shipping a new 600GB, 2.5-inch enterprise drive to its OEMs that runs at 10,000 rpm. Most enterprise drives run at 5,400 or 7,200 rpm.

Seagate said the Savvio 10K.4 features twice the capacity of previous drives, despite its smaller size-thanks to marked improvements in areal densities from the disk makers during the last six or so years. 

And, thanks to improvements in HHD architecture, the Savvio 10K.4 is said to be able to deliver about 200K hours MTBF (mean time between failure) reliability. Standard drives have MTBFs in the 50K- to 100K-hour range.

Because the new drives offer double capacity in about the same rack space as the larger drives, IT managers can install more smaller-yet denser-drives in the racks for about the same power and space.

Since 2.5-inch spinning-disk drives are smaller than standard devices, they require less electricity and thus are cheaper to run. They also radiate less heat and require less cooling-saving more power costs.

Seagate also said that the Savvio 10K.4 (10,000 rpm, fourth generation) also features enhanced protection of data in flight, optional self-encryption and spin-down for power savings during idle time.

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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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