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In a perfect world, solid state drives (SSDs) would offer the same capacity as mechanical hard drives for the same or similar price, but we don't live in a perfect world. Mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) still offer the best bang-for-buck, and due to their large capacities, they're often desirable in the enterprise environments. So it goes with Seagate's new Terascale HDD and Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7, a pair of drives optimized for emerging cloud infrastructures and large scale data centers. "Over the next eight years, the capacity shipped into the cloud will double and by 2020 personal... Read more...
Seagate on Tuesday unveiled a new line of drives custom-built for always-on network attached storage (NAS) systems. Multiple capacities are available, including a 4TB model that's currently the industry's highest capacity available from a single NAS HDD. The new drives are intended for NAS boxes with up to five drive bays. "Today about 50 percent of NAS arrays are sold diskless meaning that customers are challenged with identifying and installing the right storage for their system. By developing a drive like NAS HDD, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it and made it easy for customers to identify... Read more...
Remember the days when a 9.5mm hard drive seemed thin? And then the 7mm drive came along? Say hello to one that's even slimmer: the 5mm HDD. Western Digital may have hit first, but Seagate is close behind -- this week launching a 5mm ultra-thin hard drive of its own, which is destined for ultra-mobile PCs and tablets from OEMs like Asus and Dell. In fact, the drive will begin shipping this week, enabling those product makers to produce form factors that are even thinner. "When we originally demonstrated this solution last September, we knew we had a truly innovative product that would empower our... Read more...
Sure, you love video. You love streaming it, and you love storing it. But have you ever stopped to wonder where all of that digital goodness is stored? Seagate is thinking about that, hence the introduction of the industry's first purpose-built 4TB Video HDD. The Seagate Video 3.5 HDD has been built specifically for use in video applications such as digital video recorders (DVRs), set-top boxes (STBs), and surveillance systems. Purpose-built for video solutions, the Video 3.5 HDD can store up to 480 hours of high-definition (HD) content making it the industry’s highest-capacity drive designed... Read more...
As it turns out, Seagate isn’t going “all-hybrid” after all; the company announced today that it’s releasing an entire lineup of SSDs, including its first client side SSD and updates to its enterprise SSDs. Previously, Seagate had made a niche for itself with hybrid drives (SSHDs), offering the slim, faster-than-HDD options for notebooks, but now the company is braving the waters of the SSD market. The 2.5-inch Seagate 600 SSD is designed for laptops and offers multiple z-heights (including a 5mm drive) and with a SATA 6Gbps interface with up to 550/450 sustained sequential... Read more...
Although it’s by no means the only 4TB desktop hard drive on the block, Seagate’s new Desktop HDD does boast an impressive density of 1TB per platter, which the company claims is an industry first. Seagate has a couple more industry-leading declarations for the drive, too, including the lowest cost per gigabyte and highest average data rate (146MBps). We’ll hold off on declaring much of anything until we lay one of these puppies down in a test bed, but in any case the 3.5-inch Desktop HDD has solid specs, including a SATA 6Gbps interface, OptiCacheT technology for a performance... Read more...
This weekend, we posted news that Seagate is discontinuing its 7200RPM notebook hard drives, which is a move that signaled more of a focus on flash-based storage solutions over spinning magnetic disks. As it turns out, Seagate isn’t abandoning HDDs in favor of SSDs--the company is going all-hybrid. Seagate announced the Seagate Laptop SSHD (“solid state hybrid drive”), slim 7mm Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD, and the a desktop version, the Seagate Desktop SSHD. Flash has clearly been the superior alternative to spinning magnetic disk-based consumer storage for a long time, but cost... Read more...
We've long since wondered when SSDs would hit a price (and size) threshold that most mainstream consumers would opt for one over a conventional HDD. We're still a few years out from that, we imagine, but you can see the writing on the wall. Seagate, one of the world's largest storage companies, already has a mind to kill off the 2.5" (laptop-sized) 7200RPM hard drive from its portfolio. Why? Flash storage is taking off in a major way for portables, while desktops still seem to favor slow-but-huge in many cases. Moreover, the introduction of the hybrid HDD (part flash, part HDD) has made getting... Read more...
Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE). Ever heard of it? Probably not, but you may very well have heard of UltraViolet. DECE is the organization behind UltraViolet, which the entity describes as "a unique way to collect and enjoy movies and TV shows in the cloud." It's really nothing more than a fancy, cloud-friendly DRM for watching streaming movies, and outside of Apple, it has gobs of support from movie studios and most consumer companies. Now, you can add another name to that list: Seagate. DECE members include major Hollywood studios such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers,... Read more...
Mac users need backup love too, don't you know? All kidding aside, Seagate has added a new hard drive to its collection today with the unveiling of the Backup Plus Storage for OS X. In order to cater to newer Macs with USB 3.0 built in from the factor, the new Backup Plus Portable for Mac and Backup Plus Desktop for Mac drives will support SuperSpeed transmissions while also maintained backwards compatibility with USB 2.0. Furthermore, the Seagate Dashboard software included on Backup Plus for Mac drives delivers a quick and easy path to Save and Share personal photos and videos on Facebook and... Read more...
We knew the story had to end sometime, and now there's confirmation. Seagate and Lacie have just announced the completion of a deal that'll see the latter acquired by the former. Seagate was already the larger of the two, and now it's even bigger. Picking up Lacie is probably a wise move; it'll expand its portfolio, and it'll give it access to a panache and design that was lacking from Seagate's existing offerings. Now that the deal is done, Seagate has procured all of the shares of Philippe Spruch and his affiliate, representing 64.5% of the outstanding shares of Lacie for a provisional price... Read more...
Street cred isn't easy to come by on your own, but sometimes it can be bought. Just ask Seagate, which is rumored to be interested in buying out OCZ, an established player in the enthusiast solid state drive (SSD) market. As the story goes, Seagate is trying to make up for lost time from being late to the SSD party, and getting cozy with OCZ would give the storage player a major solid state presence in consumer, enthusiast, and enterprise circles. This could be a good move for OCZ, too. Obviously there's the financial aspect, but assuming OCZ is left to continue doing what it's been doing, having... Read more...
We often ask, why can't the world just hug it out and get along. Just look at Apple vs. Samsung, if you need an example. Today, however, there's a story about just that. Seagate and DensBits have just announced a new strategic agreement for development of SSDs, for both the consumer and enterprise spaces. DensBits, if you haven't heard, is the inventor of the world's first Memory Modem. In conjunction with the agreement, Seagate has made an undisclosed equity investment in DensBits. The two are teaming up in order to reduce costs and hopefully make the adoption of SSDs a bit more widespread. The... Read more...
Seagate just issued a range of new hard drives, and perhaps not surprisingly, "backup" is at the forefront. The company's new Backup Plus storage devices brings one-click backup and the ability to save and share your content on Facebook and Flickr, as well as a variety of form factors and prices. The drives work with Mac and PC platforms, and each ones comes with Seagate Dashboard software for one-click local backup. These are also the first in the industry to offer backup for content on social networks, such as Facebook and Flickr. Storing a local duplicate copy of photos from social networks... Read more...
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