The alliance between storage solutions providers Seagate Technology plc and Micron Technology Inc. has launched its first solid state drive (SSD) for enterprise and cloud computing systems.
The 1200.2 serial attached SCSI (SAS) SSD is a 12 gigabits-per-second (Gb/s) SAS drive that is optimized for dual channel throughput with up to 1,800 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) sequential reads and offer multiple endurance choices within a single hardware and firmware design, the companies say.
Brett Pemble, vice president of flash products at Seagate, says in a statement that cloud and enterprise vendors are facing growing storage demands that is “challenging the performance of their IT system to churn through mass amounts of data, while being restricted by opex/capex expenditure limits.” he says this SSD allows for engineers to meet these challenges.
Micron and Seagate entered into a NAND flash-based storage agreement in February to focus on SSDs and for Seagate to secure a supply of NAND flash memory for future storage offerings. The agreement also called for collaboration on future products and technologies, wherein SCSI SSD is the first result.
Micron has had a busy few weeks after announcing with Intel a next-generations storage technology, dubbed 3D XPoint, that is claimed to offer a 1,000 time faster performance and up 1,000 times great endurance than traditional NAND technology (Read: SSD Manufacturers Will Not Be Threatened by 3D XPoint Storage…Yet).
Despite this new technology that will no doubt challenge SSD makers, Micron is sticking with SSDs as it sees a 59% growth rate for SAS SSDs over the next four years. Much of this growth will come in business-critical, data-intensive applications such as credit card transactions and health records processing where emphasis is needed for data availability and reliability, Micron says.
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