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Seagate says it will target enterprise customers with its first SSD

Seagate doesn’t currently have any drives in the SSD market. Seagate currently is one of the largest makers of traditional hard drives and while it foresees a time when the solid state drive (SSD) is a better value than traditional HDDs; that time is not now.

Seagate announced that next year it will double its highest capacity traditional HDD to 2TB and will introduce its first SSD. CEO Bill Watkins says Seagate will first target enterprise customers with its SSDs where the benefits of lower power consumption and faster data access will be most welcome. The enterprise environment will also be willing to pay the premium SSDs will still demand whereas the majority of the consumer market is not willing to pay the premium at this time says Seagate.

PC World quotes Watkins saying, “SSDs are not price-competitive yet.” The cost per gigabyte for SSDs isn’t expected to come down for several years. Watkins believes that SSDs will become a focus for Seagate when the cost per gigabyte of SSD storage is around $0.10.

Currently, the cost per gigabyte for the average SSD is about $3.58 per gigabyte according to Krishna Chander, an analyst at iSuppli. There are problems with SSDs to be tackled over the next few years other than price. The typical SSD still has a storage capacity too low for most users and the SSD lifespan is short compared to a traditional HDD.

The answer to the problem of durability may lie in using the SSD for data reading and fast access to commonly used files and having less frequently used stuff moved off to a HDD for more permanent storage according to some. Despite the fact that Seagate doesn’t currently sell SSDs, it does own several patents that cover technology currently used in many SSDs on the market.

In April 2008 Seagate announced it was going to begin filing patent infringement suits against SSD makers who were using its patented technology in their products with the first suit filed against STEC.



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RE: Cost per GB
By ksherman on 5/30/2008 3:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
I was just noticing the same thing! That is quite an outrageous statement.


RE: Cost per GB
By rudy on 5/30/2008 3:53:23 PM , Rating: 2
No it's not if you extrapolate the price per GB of a hard drive at say 30 cents now to what it will be per GB in several years it makes sense that it should be around 10 cents by that time a gigabyte wont be much data.


RE: Cost per GB
By dragonbif on 5/30/2008 8:29:44 PM , Rating: 1
I don’t know, I just went to newegg and looked at WD 640GB HD and it was $99.99 (.25/G) and it was not on sale. It is one of the high performing HD in the 500-750GB range. It is true that when you get into the 1TB range it gets to .20/GB but that will change when the 1.5+TB drives start coming out. New stuff just costs more.


RE: Cost per GB
By dragonbif on 5/30/2008 8:30:27 PM , Rating: 3
ACK sorry the .25/G should be .15/GB.


RE: Cost per GB
By winterspan on 5/31/2008 4:15:19 AM , Rating: 2
Yep. waiting till $0.10/GB to focus on SSDs is such crap.

Evan at $1-1.50 per GB for a fast 2.5" SSD would be incredible for premium laptops, considering the largest 2.5" 7200RPM drive you can get is 300GB. You could get a 256GB SSD for $250. Better yet, high-end/enthusiast users would readily add $400-500 on to the price of a mobile workstation/gaming machine for a 512GB SSD. For god sakes, people are paying almost $1,000 for the 64GB SSD upgrade in the Macbook Air, and $700 for the 64GB upgrade in Dell XPS laptops. If you could get 4x the size of that for 1/4 the price, people would be all over that --- even 1-2 years down the road.


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