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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: Who cares
By Screwballl on 5/30/2008 4:41:26 PM , Rating: 2
hmmm I have a 500GB backup SATA drive that is around 75% full.
I have a 320GB SATA drive in my main system that is around 50% (was more until I got the backup drive). Also have a 120GB SATA drive that is used for my OS installs and software testing, so usually 30GB for the OS stuff and the rest of the 90GB is almost full as well. Then another 160GB PATA drive in my older system that has stayed around 60-70% full for the past 5 years.
Then the home servers (yes multiple home type servers for different purposes) each with 80GB drives (1x SATA, several others with PATA) and they tend to stay around 50-60% full.
Oh and then my older laptop (Celeron M, 2.4GHz) with its new 60GB ATA hard drive is already 40% full with normal OS stuff and security programs and such (of course it is dual boot with Ubuntu 8.04 and XP Home)...

Thats around 1.5TB of space with around 1TB of OS and "stuff".

One key thing that sets me apart is that there is ZERO porn on anything here.

RE: Who cares
By cubby1223 on 5/31/2008 12:22:30 AM , Rating: 3
When you look at the numbers you give, minus the backup, you're still sitting at an average of less than 100gb per computer. That would actually be in support of the original comment...

RE: Who cares
By Screwballl on 5/31/2008 11:38:29 AM , Rating: 2
but how would I be able to maintain the 400+GB worth of data if all I had were 100GB drives? Would be a nightmare trying to find specific files needed or backup a single computer...
Take out the server setups and the laptop, and it is closer to 200GB per.

Now if you want, add in the HTPC (build in progress) that has 2x 1TB hard drives and see his post go to crap.

My post was merely stating that sure, some computers can get by with 100GB or less but for the rest of us gamers and HTPCs and file backups is looking at minimum 500GB nowadays.

RE: Who cares
By mindless1 on 6/2/2008 4:52:17 AM , Rating: 2
The natural evolution of our storage tends towards having a large central store and clients with only what they need for performance reasons. Thus there is a need for the fewest, largest drives possible with one exception that some want a bit of RAID redundancy.

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