Seagate’s Big Intro: Four New SSD Families in One Day

Seagate's Four New SSD FamiliesSeagate this week updated its SSD portfolio with four new product families and now claims to have the broadest portfolio of storage products in the industry.  This announcement squarely places the company in all the key SSD markets: SATA, SAS, and PCIe.

Here’s Seagate’s new lineup:

  • Seagate 600 6Gb/s SATA, a drive that Seagate calls: “The ultimate laptop upgrade”.  The company claims that this is the first 5mm-high 2.5″ SSD on the market (although it is also offered in a 7mm thickness).  It comes in 120, 240, and 480GB capacities and can support 40GB of writes per day.


  • Seagate 600 Pro is also a 6Gb/s SATA SSD, aimed at lowering power consumption in servers and storage by delivering 10K IOPS per Watt when presented with a 50/50 read/write balance and adjusting its power consumption to the workload.  Seagate calls this an “entry-level enterprise SATA SSD offering best in class IOPS/Watt.”  The product has been tuned to provide consistently low latency under balanced workloads, and has a tight latency distribution when presented with a 70/30 read/write mix.  This SSD ships in capacities of 120, 240, and 480 GB for lower write-load applications, and in 100, 200, and 400GB capacities that support 2 drive writes per day.  To appeal to the data center this drive offers a 1.8 million hour MTBF and offers error recovery and power-loss data correction.


  • Seagate 1200 is a 12Gb/s SAS SSD.  This device has been designed for write-intensive mixed workloads, and uses sophisticated algorithms to optimize data placement and prioritize reads and writes.  The self-encrypted SSD is offered through distribution channels in a 2.5″ form factor and to OEMs in both 1.8″ and 2.5″.  Its 12Gb/s SAS interface is backwards-compatible with standard 6Gb/s SAS ports.  The 1200 comes in two models – the base model (supporting 10 drive writes per day) in capacities of 200, 400, and 800GB, and the high endurance model (offering 25 drive writes per day) in capacities of 100, 200, and 400GB.  Like the Seagate 600 Pro above, this SSD tunes its power consumption to the workload.  Seagate is seeking FIPS certification for this model.  The company is proud of the fact that the controller was designed 100% internally by Seagate to use Samsung’s 21nm flash leveraging the Seagate/Samsung strategic agreement.


  • Seagate X8 Accelerator is Seagate’s brand for the Virident FlashMAX II PCIe SSD, but one that has been put through the full suite of Seagate’s quality assurance tests.  This 1.1 million IOPS SSD is offered in 550GB, 1.1TB and 2.2TB capacities in a half-height, half-length (HHHL) PCIe form factor and offers an average latency below 20 microseconds.  End-to-end data protection supports data integrity in this 8-lane device.  One interesting aspect of this PCIe SSD is that it is scalable – multiple drives can be added to a server to appear as a single very large volume.

All of the new SSDs are engineered to deliver ultra-fast speed and high data integrity, to protect against data loss in power failures or other corruption.

Objective Analysis publishes a number of market reports on Client and Enterprise SSDs that can be purchased for immediate download on the web.  For a full listing of these reports visit the Objective Analysis Reports page.

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