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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 phatboye on 5/30/2008 7:17:43 PM , Rating: 1
to all those who replied to my post and even rated my post down to -1 should re-read what I wrote.

as majority of home and even business users won't need more than 100GB for some time.

I hardly think that anyone who posts om dailytech about having over 1TB of data on their HD is representative of a typical (see majority) computer users. Of course there will be people like yourselves here on dailytech who need to store large amounts of data but as you can see my post wasn't directed toward you. Honestly what percentage of users have 6 or 7 OSes installed or who have hundreds of backed-up movies installed on their computer taking up +1TB of data? Sure their are a lot of these people floating around dailytech but if you put that in perspective and compare that number to the general population you will see that percentage wise people who need +1TB of data ATM are few and far between.

RE: Who cares
By kyleb2112 on 5/31/2008 12:22:12 AM , Rating: 3
Well the title of your post is "Who cares", and you got your answer. The fact that you or the Average Joe don't need the capacity doesn't mean there's no need for it.

RE: Who cares
By phatboye on 5/31/2008 1:22:58 PM , Rating: 1
OK "Who cares" is a bad title I will admit that, I should have made a better title.

Also again I never said their is no need for super high capacity hard drives. What I said was there is a greater need for faster hard drives then super high capacity hard drives. Hard drives are the greatest bottleneck on many modern day computers and we have been stuck using 7200RPM drives for a long time now. It's time for these hard drives manufactures to start focusing in consumer level higher speed (ie 10k/15k RPM) SATA hard drives.

RE: Who cares
By phatboye on 5/31/2008 1:25:25 PM , Rating: 1
..and yes I do know that as data density is increased HD read/write speed is increased.

RE: Who cares
By Nik00117 on 6/1/2008 3:52:09 PM , Rating: 1
If you add up all the space that I use it currently is around 842 GIGs, i'm not typical of the average user.

None of my friends have as many movies as I do (all my movies are 700 to 1.3 gig packages) I have a huge ammount of docus, and TV shows along with music, now what kills me is the way games are sizing up. 6-8 gigs for a game is typical. I mean the avg size of a game for me nowadays are 8 gigs, in fact if I installed off my video games I could easily have 150-200 gigs of legal games, esp if i'd install guild wars (which I believe sucks BTW) and age of conan I heard was hugee.

I honsetly believe the days of 120 gig, and 250 gigs are out the door to be honset. Even a moddest gamer with some itunes and vista can easily fill up 250 gigs.

O BTW I just recently cleaned up a huge ammount of RAW AVI files which are fucking huge from a 1 1/2 hour movie project I did, the file itself was like 18 gigs, now imagine all of the little clips and your easily talking 36 gigs, on top of this I had a lot of minor mistakes and fixed so you can go ahead and add another 30 gigs, if you include pictures, audio, and other sources of videos which I used. Boom one video project 66 gigs, and i'm not even strecthing the limits.

RE: Who cares
By Silver2k7 on 6/2/2008 6:16:32 AM , Rating: 2
nah GW was really cool for a while, havn't tried the expansions thought.

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