Seagates Cheetah Sprints for the Channel

The new Cheetah 15K.5 hard drive offers faster response time and double the capacity of standard 15K drives, Seagate says.

Seagate Technology on April 18 unleashed its new Cheetah 15K.5 hard disk drive, giving enterprise customers a storage device capable of transporting up to 300GB of capacity at speeds of 15000 rpm.

Currently shipping to OEMs, Cheetah 15K.5, which is the fifth generation of the product, will be launched to the distribution channel later this quarter.

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The disk drive is designed to help balance the burden of rising storage consumption with the greater application usage of customers who are typically dependent on e-mail and other business process operations.

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The speedy hard drive features embedded perpendicular recording technology that allows the storage device to offer twice the capacity of standard 15K drives, with 30 percent more I/O per second and over 20 percent quicker response time than traditional 3.5-inch 10K rpm drives, according to officials of Seagate, based in Scotts Valley, Calif.

The Cheetah 15K.5 is available in a choice of 3G-bps SAS (serial attached SCSI), Ultra320 SCSI, and 4G-bps Fibre Channel interfaces with capacities of up to 73GB, 147GB and 300GB.

In terms of performance and uninterrupted reliability under constant data taxing and usage, the hard disk drive offers an MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) rating of 1.4 million hours at full duty cycle.

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