15K – that’s a fast, hard disk
15K – that’s a fast, hard disk

It seems spinning hard disk drives are alive and well with Seagate upping the ante with a new 15,000 RPM, 2.5” form factor, hard disk aimed at mission-critical enterprise use.

Its Enterprise Performance 15K HDD Version 6 features capacities from 300GB to 900GB and the industry’s highest data performance (up to 315MB/s sustained transfer rate), 2 million hours MTBF (mean time between failures) and a low annualised failure rate of 0.44 percent. It is best suited for mission critical data and being a 2.5” form factor will fit into laptops to servers with the SAS 12Gbps interface.

John Morris, vice president of global HDD products at Seagate, said, “Our new Enterprise Performance 15K HDD ensures that the data is secure, available on demand and always bringing more value to our customers. With Seagate’s broad portfolio of both HDDs and SSDs, we’re able to cover the full range of storage solutions, delivering high performance and capacity with the affordable versatility to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s data centres.”   
“Performance demands on enterprise data centres today are increasing as customers consider agile storage solutions to handle diverse workloads. The key to success is to apply the right technologies to the right workloads, and we see increased adoption of hybrid arrays of HDDs and SSDs enhanced by software-based caching,” said Brian Payne, executive director, server solutions, Dell EMC. “By delivering higher performance and capacity, Seagate’s latest Enterprise Performance 15K HDD will be a sound investment for dynamic server-storage environments.”

15K is interesting as it reduces latency which is important for both complex renderings to high data transactions. Seagate claim a 10x faster response time in real-world workloads and a 3x improvement over its Generation 5 drives. The 2.5” size opens this up for use in 1RU servers as well. It can use the 512n format or a new Fast Format feature for advanced formats (4Kn and 512e).

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