Seagate's 10 GB/s PCIe enterprise SSD may be fastest ever

By Scorpus ยท 9 replies
Mar 8, 2016
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  1. Seagate has today unveiled a new enterprise-class PCIe solid state drive that they claim is the fastest ever, and it's ready for production ahead of an expected launch later this summer.

    The drive will be shown off at the Open Compute Project Summit this weekend, and it should pack immensely fast transfer speeds. Seagate hasn't gone into specifics on performance, but they do claim their latest PCIe 3.0 x16 unit is capable of 10 GB/s throughput. It's most likely that this refers to sequential performance, but nevertheless it's an impressive figure.

    This NVMe drive is "more than 4GB/s faster than the previous fastest-industry SSD on the market", according to Seagate. The company says this drive is specifically designed for enterprise applications that demand ultra-fast storage, such as real-time data processing, weather modeling, statistical analysis, and high-speed cloud infrastructure.

    A rendering of the 10 GB/s drive appears to show four M.2 SSDs connected to a single PCIe x16 expansion card, which would explain how Seagate has achieved such ludicrously fast speeds. It also has a heatsink, as these drives could get quite warm during continuous operation.

    Seagate also revealed a second ultra-fast SSD that uses PCIe x8 to deliver throughput up to 6.7 GB/s, which they claim makes it the fastest eight-lane SSD on the market. It will be available this summer along with the 10 GB/s model, likely at prices suited to enterprise customers.

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  2. G0DofPaiN

    G0DofPaiN TS Booster Posts: 58   +35

    I think they wanted to say "the fastest failing ssd ever."
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  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    Fusion IO drives were available 5 years ago, with their 10TB cards and 6GB/s read-write speeds.

    Nobody was terribly excited about them back then, because they were selling for $125K a piece. Here's the latest one can buy from Amazon now:

    If this new product is the same, for high-end enterprise market, it is the same yown for a regular buyer.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2016
  4. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,040   +678
  5. Nice news, but the brand Seagate attached to it gave me the creep.
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  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    That's not a nice thing to say about their jun... er, products.
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  7. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    Yup, I still don't trust them
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  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,343   +1,987

    Yeah, I would have to second that one! I currently have a 4 GB Seagate drive that I'm watching (and listening to) like a hawk. Lots of claims about great reliability, but my past experience has been anything but. Frankly, lately I have seen quite a few drives with failure rates that are increasing.
  9. I have my Barracuda 3TB disappearing at any moment. Sometimes it disappears in the middle of backups, and Acronis warns me that the back up stopped. Frustrating. I have used many brands, from Maxtor, Samsung to Western Digital, and those disks never disappeared!
  10. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,572   +714

    Everyone bashing Seagate on reliability really should check out the numbers.... nowadays, their harddrives are just as reliable (or more so) than any other - the failing barracudas from a few years back are a thing of the past...

    Also, this is an SSD - so I highly doubt it will be a failure... plus, it's an enterprise model, so even if it does, you will get a new one....

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