Seagate Demonstrates Major Advances in Flash Storage Technology

Seagate Technology has demonstrated two major innovations in flash technology that extend the limits of storage computing performance in enterprise data centers to unprecedented levels.

Seagate showed a prototype 60 terabyte (TB) Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid-state-drive (SSD), the largest SSD ever demonstrated, and the 8TB Nytro XP7200 NVMe SSD, a technology that can hyperscale the needs of data centers seeking to easily grow without losing the ability to quickly access and process information.

These two new products represent the high performance end of Seagate’s technology – a complete ecosystem of HDD, SSD and storage system products designed to help users manage the deluge of data they face.

The 60TB SAS SSD and 8TB Nytro XP7200 NVMe SSD are the newest additions to Seagate’s data center portfolio and are designed to help major users cope with the rapidly expanding amount of information they must contend with under the most demanding conditions.

The 60TB SAS SSD features twice the density and four times the capacity of the next highest-capacity SSD available today — equivalent to the capacity needed to accommodate 12,000 DVD-quality feature filmes. This single controller architecture also delivers the lowest cost per gigabyte for flash memory available today.

The 60TB SAS SSD also simplifies the configuration process of accommodating “hot” and “cold” data, enabling data centers to use the same enterprise HDD 3.5 inch storage form factor. This eliminates the added step of separating out different types of data for near-term availability versus long-term storage — largely based on estimations or best-guesses of future data usage.

Instead, data centers can rely on an SSD that helps address their need to quickly accommodate and ensure accessibility of ever-increasing large amounts of data without having to add additional servers or incorporate additional management steps.

Because of the drive’s flexible architecture, it also provides a pathway for data centers to grow from the current 60TB capacity to accommodate 100TB of data or more in the future — and all in the same form factor.

The 8TB Nytro XP7200 NVMe SSD features a single PCIe interface for high-speed data transfers and four separate controllers, providing processing power up to four times faster than comparable drives, but without the higher cost, power levels and latency required from a PCIe switch or bridge.

Applications can process more transactions faster using the industry’s highest bandwidth through one PCIe slot, and without having to invest in more hardware. The technology integrates into all flash system arrays.

Seagate said the 8TB Nytro XP7200 NVMe SSD will be available in the fourth quarter of 2016. The 60TB SAS SSD, currently a demonstration technology, is anticipated in 2017. No prices were given for either.

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