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“My hard drives get no respect!” – Tales of SeaTools and Seagate support

To paraphrase the late Rodney Dangerfield, “Hard drives get no respect. No respect I tell ya!” And this may actually be a fact, as drives tend to be the first to be blamed when a PC starts acting erratically. Interesting fact, though, is after testing more than 20 percent of the drives returned to Seagate for warranty replacement [...]

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Security, standards and performance are key trends at Flash Memory Summit 2011

At this year’s annual Flash Memory Summit held in Santa Clara, CA, Seagate participated in a number of panel sessions, tutorials, and delivered a keynote address. Well over 2,000 people registered to attend, and the event certainly earned its spot as “the place to be” for flash designers,…

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Tom’s Hardware investigates SSD reliability

Coming off of last week’s post about SAS vs. SATA myths, let’s now shift gears to review an old myth about SSDs vs. HDDs. Of course Seagate makes both, so we’re especially interested in understanding and demystifying how the divergent features of SSDs and HDDs fit best into the…

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SAS mythbusters: Data highways and SAS vs. SATA

With LSI’s recent announcement that the company has begun sampling 12Gb/s SAS technology to OEMs, it seemed a good time to write about SAS. Also an opportunity to clear up a couple common misconceptions. SAS, or Serial Attached SCSI, is the current interface of choice in the enterprise for…

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Shrinking enterprise storage form factors?

In a recent StorageNewsletter.com story, an argument was presented that SSDs and HDDs are different technologies and are therefore going to follow different paths with regard to form factors. Because an SSD is not a mechanical device with rotating platters, it is less constrained as to any form factor restrictions. Makes sense, and while it’s [...]

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New SSD Performance Test Specification Brings Clarity, Levels Playing Field

We’ve blogged about the importance of testing and standardization when it comes to defining and validating enterprise-level SSD reliability. Industry organization JEDEC has brought that to the forefront of the industry with its standards work. But what about the need for having industry-accepted test methods for measuring and reporting real-world SSD performance? Especially when considering [...]

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Is MLC the Future of Enterprise SSD Storage?

A few years ago when Solid State Drives (SSD) really began getting the attention of many within the storage industry, NAND memory was one topic hot on everyone’s mind, namely Single-Level Cell (SLC) vs. Multi-Level Cell (MLC). The story at the time was easy enough to understand – SLC was…

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How Can You Evaluate Consistent SSD Performance?

Everyone knows that solid state drives are fast. And while speed is great, consistent performance is essential. Why? Because datacenters are driven by service level agreements that demand the same level of fast, storage performance 24x7x365 – regardless of the workload complexity or changing IO intensity levels. So how can you evaluate consistent SSD performance? [...]

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The SSD Party Is Just Beginning…

Seagate’s recently announced next-generation Pulsar SSDs created lots of positive industry buzz in the news. It helped that both the Pulsar XT.2 and Pulsar.2 SSDs have a number of class-leading features between them that will undoubtedly benefit the enterprise. But some may wonder, are these products late to market and is Seagate behind the technology [...]

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Seagate and LSI Discuss Nearline SAS Storage Systems and Applications on Let’s Talk Computers® Radio Show

Barbara Craig, Seagate Senior Product Marketing Manager, and Gina Geisel, Product Marketing Manager with LSI Engenio Storage Group, were recently invited on the Let’s Talk Computers radio show to discuss many of the benefits companies will receive by turning to storage systems that deploy Nearline SAS drives for all Tier 2 and archiving requirements. The [...]

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