Preface to Pulsar: Why Seagate Needs This

To say that the SSD revolution caught the HDD makers off guard would be an understatement. With the exception of Samsung, none of the players in the HDD business have an even remotely competitive SSD.

Sitting this one out isn’t an option. In the enterprise market, a handful of SSDs can easily outperform dozens of 15,000 RPM hard drives. And when I say outperform, I mean by an order of magnitude.

It’s not just about performance, there’s a tremendous power advantage as well. The best SSDs use less than 3W per drive under full load. The fastest 15K RPM SAS drives gobble up a good 7W per drive. In a datacenter with thousands of servers, the power savings alone are enough to make the switch.

I use servers as my first example because the cost isn’t as touchy of a subject there, but the advantages in desktop and notebook PCs are more than tangible. Again, the key words are order of magnitude: SSDs are worth their weight in gold if performance matters to you.

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Two years ago the argument was that the technology wasn’t mature enough. Intel changed all of that with the X25-M and X25-E. Even today companies like OCZ are using Indilinx’s Barefoot controller to compete everywhere from mainstream PCs to high end servers.

PCIe cards based on SSD controllers with tons of NAND flash are the next frontier for the technology. Why deal with the current SATA bottlenecks when you can push close to a Gigabyte per second of data over some PCIe lanes?

Performance and power data aside, Gartner expects SSD sales to hit $1 billion in 2010. Like I said, sitting this one out isn’t an option.

Earlier this year Western Digital acquired SiliconSystems for $65 million and rebranded their drives. Western Digital’s true attempt at a competitive SSD won’t come until sometime next year as even the latest WD Silicon Power III isn't very competitive.

Seagate has been the quiet one, until today that is. Today Seagate is announcing that it is shipping its first SSD to OEMs. The drive is called Pulsar and this is a render of what it looks like (if it appeared in front of a star apparently):

Seagate Goes Light on the Details
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  • semo - Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - link

    aren't they also the only SAS SSD maker. If not the only then maybe one of a few. I remember IBM was very sceptical about SSDs but if STEC have convinced them otherwise then they must have a winner on their hands
  • Penti - Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - link

    I think Hitachi and Intel is coming with SAS SSDs soon. There are other FC vendors though.
  • StormyParis - Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - link

    you did manage to stretch over 3 page views with ... not much to say...
  • pkoi - Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - link

  • reinkarnation16 - Thursday, December 10, 2009 - link

    Oh cmon! The guy loves to write! So just let him! :D
    & I am sure there are a handful of our species who would crib about the preview being just one page short!
  • vol7ron - Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - link

    Yes, thanks for the heads up, but a one page article of things to come would have been a little better.... especially since all of this will be repeated in what I'm sure will be a 10 page review.
  • spaz mk will - Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - link

    I'm still on the Intel bandwagon because of the 1.8 inch SSD's, but boy do I wish they would get around to releasing the X-18m G2.
  • Pandamonium - Friday, December 11, 2009 - link

    I'm in the same boat as you. I wish the my Latitude XT2 used standard 2.5" disks, but it looks like they had to go with 1.8" disks because of how small the chassis is. One of the guys on the AT forums has a contact with Intel distribution and word is that the X18-M G2 is due in early January.
  • Zok - Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - link

    50 GB? That's not very much porn... Bill Watkins would be ashamed.
  • piroroadkill - Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - link

    Haha! I actually have that quote printed out and stuck on my wall

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