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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 Staples on 5/30/2008 5:10:11 PM , Rating: 2
I am glad that I am not the only one who does not care. My biggest drive is 250GB. Drives these big are impossible to back up so I like smaller drives for the simple fact that they I don't need a ton of DVDs to back up their contents.

But the guy on the bottom bringing up Media Center has a point. My TIVO broke a year ago and I use Media Center as my DVR. HD broadcast can take up 12GB an hour so if you record a lot, your space will be eaten up very fast. Luckily, I just record things, watch them once and then erase them. I do not archeive things or keep them sitting months before I watch them so I get by just fine with what I have.


RE: Who cares
By bigboxes on 5/30/2008 6:32:08 PM , Rating: 3
You back up one drive with an identical sized drive. If one drive starts to faulter you stop using your drives and purchase another one and then back up the healthy drive.


RE: Who cares
By phil126 on 5/31/2008 10:41:24 PM , Rating: 2
Sadly I am even more anal than that. I have two drives mirrored and then a larger drive that I store a ghost image of the drive on. And before anyone wonders why I do not just do a RAID5... I need to keep incremental back ups not just the mirror of what is currently running. Once I got into video editting (kids) I can never seem to have enough space. It is easy to eat through a TB with out even doing that much.


RE: Who cares
By mindless1 on 6/2/2008 4:56:14 AM , Rating: 2
There's nothing anal about that, it's the beginning of a sane strategy that combines both constant uptime of a RAID redundant set along with the security of an offline backup copy. That's assuming you unplug that larger drive so it's not subject to corruption, malware, or power surges.

Anal might be someone who takes that larger drive and puts it in a safe deposit box somewhere if it doesn't have thousands of dollars worth of data on it, and yet anyone who has a few hundred hours worth of work (or data that would take as long to reproduce for whatever reason) does have a few thousand dollars worth of data.


RE: Who cares
By larson0699 on 6/3/2008 2:49:10 AM , Rating: 2
Big-ass Lian Li case, 12 1TB drives, and a RAID 60.

Four stripes (one on each RAID 6, which in itself is double parity, giving you 33% storage efficiency, but for the anal...) under one big stripe.

Solved.

So worried about losing something.. build a network.


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