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Seagate Pulsar: the first enterprise-ready SSD

PulsarIt’s official!  Seagate’s new SSD is called Pulsar, and is shipping to enterprise OEMs.  Pulsar is targeted at the enterprise blade server and general server market. 

Pulsar is the first truly enterprise-ready SSD from the world’s leader in enterprise storage devices.

The specs you might expect:

  • Up to 200 Gigabytes
  • SLC technology
  • 3 Gb/s SATA interface
  • Improved IOPS per Watt (vs. hard drives)
  • 2.5″ form factor with 7mm height

These make a lot of sense given the needs of today’s enterprise server market – 3Gb/s SATA, 2.5″, etc.  The 7mm height provides some great density opportunites for blade server manufacturers in particular. 

It is the first of many SSD strorage devices from Seagate.

The specs that make Pulsar uniquely enterprise-ready:

  • Stable data rate performance across the device’s multi-year useful life
  • Power Loss Protection – logic to protect data in volatile buffers long enough to write to non-volatile memory at power loss
  • Balanced perfomance between reads and writes
  • 0.44% Annual Failure Rate (AFR) in enterprise applications
  • 5 year warranty

SSD is not just flash media.  Extensive pre- and post-sales support is needed for true enterprise drives. Pulsar’s enterprise-ready capabilities come from Seagate storage device IP applied to solid state media and validated with extensive testing that enterprise customers require. 

For example, Power Loss Protection – achieved by the integration of a super-capacitor in Pulsar’s data architecture - protects enerprise data, enabling customers to use Pulsar with the write cache enabled. 

“Where’s Seagate?”

Some in the industry have been asking “Where’s Seagate?” as other companies have launched SSD products into the enterprise market over the past year or so. 

The answer is “In the lab and meeting with customers, building a true enterprise SSD.”

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