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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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A major improvement of a huge bottleneck.
By TheBluePill on 1/16/2007 9:42:44 AM , Rating: 3
A major improvement of a huge bottleneck.

Hard drives have been a huge bottleneck for all PCs since the get-go. Going from a 5.4K to 7.2K RPM Drive is a major boost, even for home users. The high priced 10K raptors and the like are another “trim” off the bottleneck. At 15K, things are even better.
Everyone should be happy to gain even a little bit of disk performance. I think this is just as important for the home user as the business user as it makes the PC experience and usability that much better. Even if you are only cutting 1-2 Seconds off a disc read when opening a large word document or a video on your hard drive is worth it. It’s a step in the right direction and the cost will come down as the technology and demand matures.

On the flip side, I do see flash based drive demand outpacing disk based storage over the next 5 years. You have much better power consumption, much faster access time and much lower failure rate. But these 15K drives are a great stop-gap.

RE: A major improvement of a huge bottleneck.
By Pirks on 1/16/2007 3:48:05 PM , Rating: 1
look, just put two 16GB SSDs in a raid0 stripe, you get double the write speed (so this bottleneck's gone) and you can say bye bye to this 15k crap. ok, if you're uber 1337 and have dough - get FOUR such 16GB or even 32GB SSDs, stripe 'em... and see 15k seagates waaaaay behind ya, desperately trying to catch up :)))

that's right now. don't even wanna know what second gen cheaper SSDs will bring us. I gonna save some money, stripe a couple of those and forget about Vista and games taking forever to load. SSD, here I come baby. seagate, kiss my middle finger :P

By Hawkido on 1/19/2007 4:40:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I thought about that. However, I also thought about the fact that while newer PC's can boot off of USB. It cannot setup software RAID on USB before it boots, so therefore it cannot boot to a USB stripe without a hardware RAID USB controller.

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