Category Archives: Datacenter

Seagate leaders talk about the future

Seagate’s CEO Bill Watkins and Marketing SVP Pat King on the Wild West of storage


Chris Meilor listened in as Seagate CEO Bill Watkins and Marketing SVP Pat King talked about Seagate’s plans for home NAS, SSD, hybrid storage and more at a recent press event.  It’s a good read – check it out here.

Chris refers to the consumer storage market as the Wild West, but that moniker could easily be used to describe the storage market in general.  Dramatic change is underway across the spectrum, from the largest corporations overwhelmed with petabyte growth and data on the loose to the Dawning of the Digital Consumer. 

The storage industry is exciting (and always has been) for those who work in it.  It’s becoming more relevant and entertaining to those outside of the industry as content and its storage matter like never before.


2.5″ enterprise drives cross the storage system barrier

Savvio is the world’s fastest drive – and uses up to 75% less power than 3.5″ drives


Seagate has rolled out a new generation of  Savvio 2.5″ enterprise drives.  They have better capacity, performance and power efficiency, of course.  But the really big news? These drives signal the performance/capacity/power crossover point between 3.5″ and 2.5″ drives. 

So for a 24-drive 2.5″ 10K rpm storage system vs. a 12-drive 3.5″ 15K rpm storage system:

  • Capacity is now the same (up to 300GB for 2.5″, up to 600GB for 3.5″)
  • Performance is 60% higher
  • Power consumption is 20% lower 

Until now, 2.5″ drives had won over the server market but not the storage system market.  Lower power 2.5″ drives didn’t make up for the cumulative power impact of packing twice as many drives into a single system.  And 2.5″ capacities peaked at 147GB.

No longer!  Expect to see accelerated adoption of 2.5″ into high performance storage systems.

i365 gets physical with on-site storage

Local appliance addresses the biggest objection to cloud storage: loss of control

i365 has added an on-premises backup and recovery appliance to its EVault online backup and recovery services. 

One of the biggest inhibitors to Cloud Storage for backups has been that businesses don’t want to lose control of their data.  Drunken Data mounted the soapbox on this topic Monday. No matter what assurances a Cloud service makes, it’s hard not to feel safer with data on-site.

The poster child for this reluctance is Amazon S3, which guarantees 99.95% uptime, yet has a history that falls short of this level.

The EVault Express Recovery Appliance stages backups locally, allowing transfers to the Cloud over time.  The incremental costs for the appliance are small compared to conventional 100% on-site backup.  Near-term recovery time is quicker, but maybe more important is the emotional benefit of having recent backups within the company walls (locally or at a remote facility). 

This pragmatic tweak to the Cloud Storage model could open up the business market for SaaS in a big way.  What do you think?

Results of SNW PR reader poll

 “None of the Above” took 7th place out of 31 news items.

Last week I asked readers to vote for their most newsworthy news releases from Storage Networking World (SNW).  Here’s how you ranked them:

  1. StorServer and Mimosa Together (68 votes)
  2. Axxana Births EDR (22 votes)
  3. StoraMagic Customers Are Award Finalists(15 votes)
  4. Verrari Adds SSD (10 votes)
  5. Nirvanix CEO Demystifies (6 votes)

None of the Above came in tied for 7th, ahead of 22 SNW news releases. 

Does that say something about the value of “offline” style press releases to the online community? What does it mean to you?

Barracuda ES SAS tops SPC’s first component tests

7200 rpm SAS is a secret weapon for content streaming applications

For the first time, the Storage Performance Council is testing components – drive performance in a multi-drive enterprise system.  These tests are data center equivalents of PC benchmarks.  Until now, SPC has been focused on system-level performance.

The Seagate Barracuda ES SAS drive outperformed the fastest equivalent SATA drive by 8% in the SPC-1C tests (simulating online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads) and by 34% in SPC-2C tests (simulating sequential read/write environments).    

SPC-2C is especially interesting, given that it represents fast-growing content streaming applications.  These systems are gated by performance and capacity.  Unlike OLTP apps that are mostly about performance, and backup/archive apps that are mostly about capacity, content streaming wants to have its cake and eat it too.

Barracuda ES SAS is the first of its kind: a 7200 rpm drive (for capacity) with a SAS interface (for performance). It doesn’t compare to 15K rpm drives in speed of course. Given the price per terabyte difference, that’s OK.

Reader poll: best SNW press releases

Vote for the new releases that are news to you

Here are all the Storage Networking World press releases according to Business Wire.  Click on the one(s) that intrigue you.  I’ll report back here on the results. 

UPDATE: I reported results in a new post hereNone of the Above took 7th place out of 31.

I’ve included a None of the Above option at the bottom.

Rackable Systems Announces Support for Intel Solid-State Disk Drives




IT is more than Business Technology

Information is now the center of business – leave the name alone

Some argue that Information Technology is an outdated term, and should be changed to Business Technology to reflect its increasingly strategic relationship to the bottom line. 

I say leave it alone.  IT is more strategic than ever for the business because information is becoming more strategic.  

Information drives business today.  And it’s technology that brings it to life and puts it to work. Let’s stay focused on the task at hand!

Wear your badge proudly, data center dudes!  You don’t need to change your name to claim your role at the center of your company’s future.