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Seagate's Savvio 15K hard disk drive

Seagate's Savvio and Cheetah at 15K compared

The Savvios compared at 10K- and 15K-RPM
Seagate claims that its newest 2.5-inch 15K-RPM hard drive is the fastest in the world

Seagate Technology has announced what it claims to be “the world’s fastest hard drive” – the Savvio 15K with a seek time of a mere 2.9 ms. The new 15K-RPM addition to the Savvio family offers a number of advantages over 15K-rpm 3.5-inch drives including size and weight (due to 2.5-inch form factor), 30% decrease in power consumption (5.8 watts at idle), and reliability (1.6 million hour MTBF).

 “Seagate is committed to delivering solutions that will meet the needs of today’s demanding IT environment, and no product demonstrates this better than the Savvio 15K drive,” said Sherman Black, senior vice president and general manager, Seagate Enterprise Compute Business. “The development of the 2.5-inch Enterprise form factor represented a new way of thinking. Now, with the added number of performance and capacity choices offered, many of the leading enterprise system makers are transitioning from 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch form factor enterprise solutions.”

The move to small form factor enterprise disk drives was driven by data center requirements for greater storage performance density while focusing on lowering power consumption and cooling costs.

“The trend in IT is to scale down the physical size of components while scaling up capacity and performance,” said John Rydning, IDC’s research manager for hard disk drives. “Seagate’s first generation 2.5-inch 15K-rpm HDD is fitting with this trend, delivering fast I/O performance in a small package to meet the needs of demanding server applications.”

The Seagate Savvio 15K drives are shipping today in 36GB and 73GB capacities through OEM customers. HP is now shipping Proliant systems with 15K Savvio drives. The Savvio 10K.2 drive will launch in the channel this quarter as a replacement product for Savvio 10K.1 and as a transition path from Cheetah 10K.7 drives.

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RE: cool... i guess
By SteffenThomsen on 1/16/2007 9:31:11 AM , Rating: 3
This drive is not designed with the private user in mind. The selling point of this drive is the incredibly low seek times, physical size, power consumption and MTBF.

The low seek times improve the performance in many server environments because of the many random reads and writes (unlike the more sustained transfer oriented usage pattern of private users).

The physical size allows more drives in less space, which enables more drives in less space which is especially good in blade servers as they're very cramped already.

The power consumption reduces the need for cooling in large scale server farms.

The MTBF improves overall data security.

The amount of available storage is not as important for this kind of drive as the performance aspect. With today's cool technologies like SAS it is easy to incorporate large SATA drives for storage in your servers to take care of the storage needs, and low capacity, high speed drives like the Savvios for performance.

RE: cool... i guess
By AllYourBaseAreBelong2Us on 1/16/2007 10:20:08 AM , Rating: 2
MTBF stands for "Mean Time Between Failure". It is the average time a component works without failure.

RE: cool... i guess
By zsdersw on 1/16/2007 10:56:52 AM , Rating: 3
Data security can also mean something to the effect of: "secure the data's availability". A higher MTBF means the data is more secure in the sense that it's less likely to be lost due to device failure.

RE: cool... i guess
By Mday on 1/16/2007 11:10:35 AM , Rating: 3
I think he meant integrity, versus security.

RE: cool... i guess
By Oregonian2 on 1/16/2007 3:10:24 PM , Rating: 3
Another way to look it is that after the MTBF amount of time, half of one's units will have failed and half still work.

RE: cool... i guess
By JCheng on 1/18/2007 2:57:44 AM , Rating: 2
No, that would be Median Time Between Failure. ;)

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