Seagate Unveils Enterprise Turbo Solid State Hybrid Drive

Paul Lilly

World's fastest enterprise hard drive

Seagate on Tuesday said it has begun shipping what it claims to be the world's speediest enterprise-class hard drive, the Seagate Enterprise Turbo SSHD. In addition to being the fastest enterprise HDD around, supposedly it's also the first enterprise-class solid state hybrid drive (SSHD), which combines the low cost and high capacity of traditional HDD storage with the speed and performance of solid state flash.

According to Seagate, its Enterprise Turbo SSHD offers up to a 3X increase in random performance over today's 15,000 RPM drives. It does this by using specialized algorithms to jettison frequently accessed data to the solid state portion of the drive for quick access.

"Typically the most demanding mission critical applications for 15,000 RPM drives have improved performance by compromising on capacity and cost per GB," said Rocky Pimentel , Seagate executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer. "With the Enterprise Turbo SSHD, we deliver a no compromise drive that provides high-speed performance while enabling customers to leverage all of Turbo’s capacity. The result, a combination of performance and capacity that we believe represents a new paradigm shift for mission critical, enterprise storage— a real game changer in storage solutions now and for generations to come."

Is it reliable? Seagate says it's been working with major OEMs to put the drive through its paces, and after months of testing and partner labs, the drive has been shown to improve overall system performance for servers running mission critical applications without issue.

The new drive is offered in capacities up to 600GB. No word yet on price or availability.

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