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Seagate introduces small form factor 15,000-rpm enterprise hard drive
Press release, January 17; Eric Mah, DIGITIMES

Seagate Technology introduced its 2.5-inch serial attached SCSI (SAS) enterprise drive, the Savvio 15K drive. According to the company, the Savvio 15K drive provides the highest hard drive performance density and reliability while ensuring ultra-low power consumption, reducing thermal loads in data centers.

The Savvio 15K drive was recently validated as the world's fastest drive within the latest HP ProLiant family of servers, according to Seagate, which added that HP ProLiant servers with 15K Savvio drives are shipping in volume and are leading the transition of small form factor drives in mainstream enterprise environments.

The 15,000-rpm Savvio disc drive offers a number of advantages over 15K-rpm 3.5-inch drives including: size (70% smaller), weight (1.12 lbs less), power (30% lower), drive seek time (12% faster than any other drive) and reliability (1.6 million hour MTBF), according to Seagate.

The Seagate Savvio 10K and 15K families of drives are shipping immediately, said Seagate. Savvio 10K.2 and 15K drives are currently available through several leading OEM customers. The Savvio 10K.2 drive will launch in the Distribution Channel this quarter as a replacement product for Savvio 10K.1 and as a transition path from Cheetah 10K.7 drives. The Savvio 10K.2 drive provides the highest capacity choices to the family with up to 146GB, while the Savvio 15K.1 drive is ideal for the most transaction-intensive applications.

HP is first to qualify and ship systems with Savvio 15K drives. Savvio 15K drives ship in the SAS interface at 36GB and 73GB capacities, the ideal sizes to meet the IOPS-intensive performance requirements of enterprise server environments, according to the company.

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