Seagate Technology will launch its Small Form Factor (SFF) hard drive aimed at server and storage consolidation.
Seagate claims that its 2.5in enterprise disc drive platform will enable a new era of rack server and storage arrays and blade servers.
The drive looks set to use the existing Cheetah 3.5in 10K or 15K 65mm platter encased in a smaller 2.5in form factor enclosure, one that is 70mm wide and 15mm high.
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The drive will be shipped with one or two platters and hold 36.7GBytes or 73.4GBytes respectively. It will spin at 10,000rpm and come with fibre channel, SCSI and serial-attached SCSI interfaces.
Seagate has worked with Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Microsoft to ensure support for the technology.
The company claims the drive offers a greater I/O rate from a given rack space. For example, a 2U rack storage array with 2.5in drives will be able to outperform today's common 3U rack storage arrays by nearly 140% on an IOPS-per-U basis while providing equal or greater storage capacity
1U servers using the SFF drives will be able to offer six-drive functionality allowing RAID 5 and full mirroring, drawing 40% less power while delivering more than 50% more IOPS-per-U of rack space as well as allowing better airflow within the server.
It is positioned as an enterprise drive, one for high-duty cycles and not as a desktop SATA-type unit.
Chris Mellor writes for Techworld.com