IBM uses Seagate SSHD technology

IBM is using Seagate SSHD technology — Enterprise Turbo SSHD — the world’s fastest hard drive.

After months of testing in Seagate and IBM labs, the first enterprise solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) has been introduced as an option for the IBM System x servers, Seagate said on Tuesday.

The industry’s first enterprise SSHD combines the capacity of a hard drive with solid-state flash enabling high-speed performance for mission critical data.

The Enterprise Turbo SSHD provides up to a 3X increase in random performance over existing 15K-RPM drives and is available with up to 600GB of capacity.

In addition, by unifying the best of solid-state and magnetic technologies, Turbo improves tiered storage performance combining accelerated speed with hard disk drive (HDD) high-capacity.

A 10K-RPM version of enterprise SSHD boasts IOPS over 2X better than a standard 600GB 10K-RPM hard disk drive.

The end result is much improved and more cost effective performance for servers running mission critical applications such as big data analytics, virtual desktop infrastructure, and database and transaction processing.

The Enterprise Turbo SSHD enables lower cost server and storage configurations, making it appealing for OEMs and system builders who demand the highest, scalable performance at an affordable cost.

It also delivers up to 3X the current mission critical HDD random performance at an HDD-comparable price. An extremely efficient and economical storage solution, the drive provides significantly improved $/IOPS.

The drive fine tunes storage tiering by caching at the I/O level, thereby addressing performance gaps and bottlenecks often found in tiered system environments. It also offers a self-encrypting drive option to maximize security for data-at-rest.

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