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Seagate Unveils New Enterprise SSDs

Storage giant Seagate has announced today the launch of two new solid state drive models which are aimed at the high performance, enterprise market.

The Pulsar.2 line of solid state disk drives use the less expensive multi-level technology and is available in 100GB, 200GB 400Gb and 800GB size with the latter featuring optional self-encrypting drive (SED) technology.

All four will come with 6Gbps SAS or SATA 3 with the 800GB coming only with the enterprise oriented SAS interface; interestingly, they all feature error-correction technology that has been produced in partnership with Samsung, one of Seagate's biggest competitors; Seagate declined to provide performance figures for the Pulsar.2 SSDs

Up the ladder is the Pulsar XT.2 which is a single-level cell model available in 100GB, 200GB and 400GB iterations with 6Gbps SAS interface only.

The SSD can reach up to 48K random read IOPS (input/output per second) in 4KB blocks with a peak transfer rate of 360MBps (just under 3Gbps).

Seagate claims that the drives will come with a MTBF (mean time before failure rate) of two million hours and can sustain up to ten full drive writes per day for up to five years.

Both models have yet to be priced and Seagate did not say when they'd be available. In addition, they will be only available in a 2.5-inch form factor and won't have a PCIe interface unlike the previous generation.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.