Seagate Savvio 10.4K Hard Drive Provides Enterprise-Level Service On 2.5" Form Factor

There are a few things you have to do right in the storage world to stay on top: speed, capacity, price and reliability. Seagate is hoping to master all four with their newest drive, which is said to be the "world’s highest-capacity and most reliable 2.5-inch enterprise-class drive."

The Savvio 10.4K hard drive just started shipping out, and it's probably headed for enterprise and small business users who demand more from their HDDs than typical consumers. This one was built for the "demands of enterprise servers and to enable new levels of data density in external storage arrays," and it doubles the capacity of its nearest competitor to 600GB. It's also the first HDD to achieve an unprecedented 2 million hours Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) reliability rating, which should help archival nuts rest easy. Or easier, anyway.

What's wild is that this drive is a 2.5" one, meaning that it's perfect for field-ready notebooks that take a beating out in the real world. It has enhanced protection of data-in-flight, a self-encrypting drive (SED) option for the ultimate protection of sensitive data-at-rest and PowerChoice, which allows the Savvio 10K.4 hard drive to deliver improved power savings during idle. There's no mention of a price just yet, but we bet it'll be a bit more than your average drive. There's a premium to pay for all that reliability, you know?

“Our customers face challenging storage needs requiring the most efficient use of space and power while maintaining the highest performance possible,” said Howard Shoobe, senior manager, Dell Storage Product Management. “The new 2.5-inch 10K-rpm 600GB capacity point allows a doubling of capacity within the same rack space of current 3.5-inch 15K 600GB drives while increasing overall system-level performance and decreasing power usage.”

The combined features of Savvio 10K.4 deliver greater overall value and can reduce the total cost of ownership to IT organizations and administrators eager to optimize their data center’s power and performance efficiency. Leveraging the enterprise 2.5-inch small form factor as its platform, Savvio 10K.4 serves as a powerful storage building block when compared to 3.5-inch based systems.

“A transition to 2.5-inch enterprise-class HDDs by server and storage system OEMs is building momentum,” said John Rydning, IDC’s research director for hard disk drives. “There continues to be nearly insatiable demand for digital content accessed via numerous applications and devices, content that is increasingly delivered from storage systems equipped with high capacity enterprise-class HDDs such as Seagate’s Savvio® 10K.4.”