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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 cgrecu77 on 1/16/2007 9:38:59 AM , Rating: 3
these hdds are used for servers, most servers that use this kind of disk are dedicated to a single website. There are very few websites out there that require more than 30GB of space - and the biggest bottleneck for a wisele configured server is usually the disk system.

for storage you don't need speed, you need capacity ...


RE: cool... i guess
By OrSin on 1/16/2007 9:58:35 AM , Rating: 2
So many people wrong. The one guy got it that these are for servers. Servers are all going to small form factors. Blade 1 and 2 U servers. Even data pass 4-8 processors are using very small forms. Servers are all all going to NAS or SAn or SAS. Its getting harder and harder to get big raid arrayies to support servers. Its going to centralize management. That measn these drive are made to boot servers and unsder some circumsances run small data base at least ont he server end. On the storge end this are very different from just 5 years ago. Before SAN was ll rate by size of storge but thats is no long the case. Size is easy OI processes is not. WE current ha server with 12 TB and it not even 50% full and the server is bottled necked every day. New SANs need IO and the easy wasy to get it more and smaller drives. Also the smaller driver have better seek time. I hope I explained it clear.


RE: cool... i guess
By NotAok on 1/16/2007 10:22:39 AM , Rating: 2
oh i see, thanks guys. I guess I primarily was thinking of a home user rather than business use. I was in that mindset simply because I recall a friend or two going nuts over the fact that their pc had a 10,000 rpm hard drive, yet it barely had any storage.


RE: cool... i guess
By Axbattler on 1/16/2007 7:28:22 PM , Rating: 2
Well, a fast HD can benefit the home users too. Having a fast drive as an OS drive is a plus. It's poor value per GB, but there are people from the enthusiast crowd who would pay a good chunk of extra to maximise performance. Prior the Raptor, a relatively small proportion of enthusiasts would go SCSI to have access to HD faster than IDE solutions. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if there are still enthusiasts taking that path (the Raptor is very fast, but not the fastest).

And if capacity is needed, there is always the option of getting a large SATA HD for data storage.


RE: cool... i guess
By wrekd on 1/16/2007 11:09:20 AM , Rating: 2
"for storage you don't need speed, you need capacity ... "

I work on an Enterprise SAN and find this statement completely false. If you want to synchronously replicate data offsite, you need speed. All of our drives are 146GB Fibre Channel drives for EMC Symmetrix systems.

This drive featured here would ideally be use for the OS.


RE: cool... i guess
By masher2 (blog) on 1/16/2007 11:24:29 AM , Rating: 2
> "for storage you don't need speed, you need capacity ... "

I had to laugh at that also. I have a 5TB scientific dataset, most of which has to be updated daily. Try doing that with a slow array of drives. For transactional systems, the low latency of these drives would be even more important.


RE: cool... i guess
By patentman on 1/16/2007 12:21:09 PM , Rating: 2
Actually the problem with storage capacity and high rotational speed is a technical issue. It has nothing to do with marketing. See my post below.


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