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.