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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 SteelyKen on 6/1/2008 6:34:22 PM , Rating: 2
Since 12x burners were the hot item in the first half of 2000,
I highly doubt any 52x burners were around in 98.
Grandpa is more wise here than you, my son.

RE: Cost per GB
By mindless1 on 6/2/2008 4:12:23 AM , Rating: 2
Indeed, I recall it was about the middle of 2000 that CD burners finally dropped down to the $100 price point, and were 24X at that time and price.

RE: Cost per GB
By Quiescent on 6/3/2008 4:18:35 AM , Rating: 2
Hahaha, the old gateway my mother got in 1998 had a CD burner in it. I think after 2001 and a nice lightning storm, it died. She never used it anyways. There wasn't much use for a CD burner at the time. It sounded like a race car when you tried using it, and it couldn't read nor write!

Besides, why use CD-R when you could use a nice 100mb zip drive floppy! (I'm sure not many know of this technology, it wasn't exactly popular, and I remember newegg still selling these back in 2004)

I like to collect old hardware/computers/software. My first computer was a $40 computer with the monitor attached to the desktop, and it could only run Windows 3.11. I had all the floppy disks too. I wish I would of saved that. I got this in 2000. Sure I was dragged behind in technology with computers, but to experience the older technology is just fantastic!

I may be 18, but old technology is very exciting for me, to be honest. It's no longer like it used to be, I'd suppose. Now, the new "thing" comes out and I guess you would just take it for granted.

I have this one Soundblaster soundcard with two SIMM slots on it. I also had an 8bit ISA parallel and serial controller. (I'm pretty sure that's what it was!) Now I want the harddrives with their controllers as expansion slot devices!

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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