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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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Nice and fast but...
By cyberguyz on 1/16/2007 9:58:38 AM , Rating: 0
36 & 73Gig?

C'mon, 2.5" Notebook drives are hitting 160G and they have to contend with shock and heat issues. There is no reason for an enterprise class drive like this supporting this kind of capacity too.

RE: Nice and fast but...
By Goty on 1/16/2007 10:08:22 AM , Rating: 2
You have to remember that these are operating at much higher rotation speeds, so fewer platters must be used to reduce rotational inertia. Most drives operations at 10-15K RPM use only one platter, so this kind of data density is just fine.

RE: Nice and fast but...
By patentman on 1/16/2007 12:22:38 PM , Rating: 2
one word..microwaviness. See the links in my post above.

RE: Nice and fast but...
By jordanclock on 1/16/2007 7:10:41 PM , Rating: 2
These aren't for storage. Capacity isn't as important as speed and reliability for the role they fill. Those consumer class drives probably fail quite a bit more often than these drives. Look at the capacities of the line they are replacing, the Cheetah. Those have 73GB and 146GB capacities. I wouldn't be surprised if the next generation of these have similar capacities, but at the same time, the demand may not be there for such sizes.

RE: Nice and fast but...
By Axbattler on 1/16/2007 7:55:37 PM , Rating: 2
The Cheetah 15k.5 comes in 300GB flavour too. And I suspect that there is still a place in the market (e.g. video editing) for a moderately large HD, with insane transfer speed.. Which is exactly what the Cheetah 15k.5 is. It doesn't break any record for random access and I/O (though it is far from being a slowpoke), but the 82.6MB/sec to 135MB/sec transfer (sans RAID-0) puts it on a fairly confortable position right now.

Still. It -is- interesting to see that they are now branding the Savvio, previously a 10k RPM drive as their new benchmark setting drive.

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