Seagate Introduces First Solid State Drive: 2.5" Pulsar, Up To 200GB

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For a company with a 2TB hard drive and a serious chunk of market share in the overall storage sector, it's really tough to believe that it has yet to produce a solid state drive of its own. But sure enough, Seagate is still standing on the sidelines while OCZ, Kingston, Super Talent and a host of other outfits soak up the rays over in NAND land. Er, that was the case--until today.

The industry mainstay has just today introduced its very first SSD--years after SSDs first hit the market place and not a moment too soon from a consumer point-of-view. The company is angling this as the "first true enterprise-class SSD," and given its prominence in the enterprise storage sector, we fully understand why it is playing this card.

Designed specifically for enterprise blade and general server applications, the Pulsar drive uses single-level cell (SLC) technology, delivers up to 200GB capacity, and is built in a 2.5-inch small form factor with a SATA interface. It supposedly achieves a peak performance of up to 30,000 read IOPS and 25,000 write IOPS, 240MB/s sequential read and 200 MB/s sequential write, and its SLC-based design optimizes reliability and endurance and helps provide a .44% AFR rating with a 5-year limited warranty. As an additional safeguard, the Pulsar drive leverages Seagate’s enterprise storage expertise to protect against data loss in the event of power failure.

Select OEMs have been receiving samples of the drive since September, though exact pricing details are yet to be published. We're hoping that this is just the first of many SSDs to come from Seagate. The world needs more competition in the space if prices are ever going to settle down, and a company like Seagate could provide some serious downward pressure.



First true enterprise-class SSD from the world’s #1 enterprise storagesupplier


SCOTTSVALLEY, Calif. December 8,2009Seagate (NASDAQ: STX) todayintroduced the Seagate® Pulsar™ drive, the first product in its new enterprise solidstate drive (SSD) family. Designed for enterprise blade and general serverapplications, the Pulsar drive uses single-level cell (SLC) technology,delivers up to 200GB capacity, and is built in a 2.5-inch small form factorwith a SATA interface. The Pulsar drive leverages Seagate’s 30 years ofleadership in meeting large enterprise customer needs in product development, qualification,and support.

“Seagate isoptimistic about the enterprise SSD opportunity and views the product categoryas enabling expansion of the overall storage market for both SSDs and HDDs,”said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president, Sales, Marketing, andProduct Line Management. “Our strategy is to provide our customers with theexact storage device they need for any application, regardless of the componenttechnology used. We are delivering on that strategy with the Pulsar™ drive, andyou can expect additional products in the future from Seagate using a varietyof solid state and rotating media components.”

The Pulsar SSDdelivers the necessary performance, reliability, and endurance to match theapplication environments of enterprise blade and general servers. It achieves apeak performance of up to 30,000 read IOPS and 25,000 write IOPS, 240MB/ssequential read and 200 MB/s sequential write. Its SLC-based design optimizesreliability and endurance and helps provide a .44% AFR rating with a 5-yearlimited warranty. As an additional safeguard, the Pulsar drive leveragesSeagate’s enterprise storage expertise to protect against data loss in theevent of power failure.

Seagate beganshipping Pulsar units to select OEMs for revenue in September 2009. WithSeagate’s enterprise knowledge and expertise, OEMs have peace of mind knowingthat Seagate has the global enterprise systems, people and processes in placeto support their largest requirements.  

“To deliver and serve the enterprise SSD marketplaceeffectively, it is critical for suppliers to understand the needs of theirstorage system customers with respect to design, manufacturing, supply chaindelivery, and support,” said Dave Reinsel, IDC group vice president. “With itswell-established OEM and eco-system relationships and a long history of servingglobal storage OEMs, Seagate is in a unique position to fortify its leadingenterprise storage position with its entry into the enterprise solid statestorage market.”

As the worldwidemarket leader in enterprise storage and the first enterprise HDD vendor todeliver an enterprise-class SSD solution, Seagate brings credibility,experience and leadership to this new market segment.

“The enterpriseSSD market is now primed and well-positioned for growth from both a revenue andunit perspective, with Gartner estimating unit growth to double and sales toreach $1 billion for calendar year 2010,” said Joseph Unsworth, researchdirector at Gartner. “Superior enterprise SSDs provide transformational capabilitieswhen optimized in storage and server environments.”

The Seagate Pulsar SSD isavailable to OEM customers for qualification. More information can be found at


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Copyright 2009 Seagate Technology LLC. All rightsreserved. Printed in USA. Seagate, Seagate Technology, the Wave logo and Pulsarare trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or itsaffiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks orregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  When referring to drive capacity, onegigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes. Your computer’s operating system mayuse a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. Inaddition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions,and will not be available for data storage. Seagate reserves the right tochange, without notice, product offerings or specifications.

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Jeremy replied on Tue, Dec 8 2009 8:20 PM

"Enterprise" typically means expensive. The SSD market is already filled with performance at a price consumers aren't going to in droves. I don't see this as much of any "not a moment too soon from a consumer point-of-view" news here.

On another note, how do they figure Intel's SSD drives aren't "enterprise class"?

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acarzt replied on Tue, Dec 8 2009 8:44 PM

Good Read/write speeds. Good IOPS. What's the price tho?

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