Back in the spring, Seagate Technology LLC introduced its “Enterprise Disc Drive,” a new 2.5-inch hard disk format with enterprise-class performance and interfaces. According to marketing materials seen by eWEEK.com, the company will brand the forthcoming drive as “Savvio.”
The drive will ship in both 36.7GB and 73.4GB capacities, according to Seagates materials. The product family has not yet been added to the companys Web site.
As unique as the Savvio moniker is, the name has been used before by now-defunct Savvio.com, an online travel site born in the dot-com boom of 2000 and that died shortly thereafter in the first week of 2001.
Seagate, meanwhile, has higher hopes for its own enterprise drive. Even though its called a 2.5-inch drive, Savvio will measure 15mm high, thicker than most notebook drives. The companys materials did not indicate how much cache memory would be included in each drive.
Company officials said at the drives May announcement that data center managers will be able to fit a greater number of 2.5-inch drives inside a rack than 3.5-inch drives, in part due to the drives smaller size and the reduced thermal output. While the capacity per disk drive will be smaller than a comparable 3.5-inch model, the overall capacity of the rack will remain the same.
Meanwhile, the greater number of drives will be able to provide an equivalent number of I/O operations as a rack populated with 3.5-inch drives, Seagate said. In total, the Savvio 2.5-inch drive will be 70 percent smaller than a 3.5-inch drive and consume 40 percent less power, the documentation said.
Seagates Savvio drives will include a choice of three interfaces: Serial SCSI (SAS), 2Gbit Fibre Channel or Ultra320 SCSI, as Seagate had previously indicated. The drive will be rated at a Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF) of 1.4 million hours.
Seagate representatives did not respond to calls by press time.