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.
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