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.
quote: Except that 3DLabs has all but stood still with respect to the Wildcat line (they've pretty much thrown in the towel in the workstation market), whereas NVIDIA has continued to develop the Quadro (and I'd imagine that a G70 based, and definitely a G80 based, Quadro could best the Realizm 800).