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Seagate, LSI Planning PCIe SSDs for Market

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Seagate and LSI are teaming up to offer PCIe-based SSDs.

Late Tuesday, LSI Corporation and Seagate Technology revealed a joint venture that will bring PCIe-based solid state drives to the market. The products will be geared towards the data storage and cloud computing sectors, with LSI providing the board-level aspect and Seagate providing the solid state disk technology. When available, these new storage solutions should help address "architectural challenges" many IT's face when upgrading storage with limited space and resources--mainly, speed.

Even the fastest SATA based SSDs are no match for PCIe SSDs, which can reach nearly 1TB/s read rates.

"IT professionals want server and storage solutions that can deliver the performance and efficiency benefits of solid-state technology without impacting system resources or further complicating already complex enterprise storage environments," said David Mosley, executive vice president, Sales, Marketing, and Product Line Management, Seagate.

Currently there is no pricing or ship dates for the PCIe SSDs, however product samples will be available for OEM customers sometime in Q2 2010. Expect the results of this joint venture to be similar to PCIe-based SSDs already available on the market by OCZ, Fusion-O, and other manufacturers.

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    Shadow703793 , January 27, 2010 11:05 PM
    Nice. Now what about price?
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    falchard , January 27, 2010 11:06 PM
    Thats good. I really like the performance numbers and capacity on these drives. It tempts me to buy one even though they sell at $4/GB and are always sold out.
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    JonathanDeane , January 28, 2010 3:35 AM
    I am sure these things will be expensive, at the same time I can't help but want one.... Some day when they are cheap we will all have them but for now its a drool tool.
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    daft , January 28, 2010 3:44 AM
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    which can reach nearly 1TB/s read rates

    i want!
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    r0x0r , January 28, 2010 9:34 AM
    Shadow703793Nice. Now what about price?


    IT'S OVER NINE THOU- no, I'm not gonna say it.

    Quote:
    Even the fastest SATA based SSDs are no match for PCIe SSDs, which can reach nearly 1TB/s read rates.


    Wait, shouldn't that be 1GB/S?
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    mjello , January 28, 2010 10:29 AM
    I was very disappointed over their read/write performance. Apparently it is no better than a single/(sometimes 2 in raid 0) intel 160 GB drive SATA drive due to inadequate software or controller performance
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    mjello , January 28, 2010 10:30 AM
    mjelloI was very disappointed over their read/write performance. Apparently it is no better than a single/(sometimes 2 in raid 0) intel 160 GB drive SATA drive due to inadequate software or controller performance


    Correction random read/write
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    drksilenc , January 28, 2010 11:26 AM
    depends on the brand... ocz has one that blows the doors off of any raid array as far as pure speed goes but then again its a 1tb drive and costs like 3grand
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    El_Capitan , January 28, 2010 5:34 PM
    I think it's going to fail, just from a business perspective.

    1. It's going to be expensive.
    2. It's not doing to have redundancy (no RAID).
    3. It's not going to be upgradeable (with RAID, you can increase storage space by adding more drives, you can't do that with drives using PCIe).
    4. It's not going to be bootable.
    5. It's writes will be limited for what it's intended purposes.

    A better alternative (and probably the same price) is to buy a PCIe RAID controller card and expanders and create as many RAID arrays as you want or need.