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LSI and Seagate Collaborate to Make PCI Express-Based Enterprise Solid-State Storage

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  1. btarunr

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    LSI Corporation today announced a collaboration with Seagate Technology to deliver robust, PCI Express (PCIe)-based solid-state storage (SSS) solutions for data center and cloud computing environments. Through this joint effort, LSI is expected to deliver board-level products that integrate LSI SAS and PCIe technology with Seagate solid-state drive (SSD) technology. The products are designed to provide enterprise OEMs and channel partners with new levels of performance, reliability and ease of use while addressing architectural challenges that have limited SSS adoption. Product samples are expected to be available to OEM customers in the second quarter of this year.

    "LSI is uniquely positioned to execute a broad solid-state storage strategy," said Jeff Richardson, executive vice president and general manager, Semiconductor Solutions Group, LSI. "We're already deeply engaged in delivering solid-state storage technologies, from custom silicon to storage systems. Entering the emerging PCIe-based SSS market segment is a natural extension of our core competencies. By building upon the industry's most widely deployed SAS software stack, OEMs and system builders will gain a proven, lower-risk path to market and continuity across technology generations."

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    "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. "These new LSI products will accelerate enterprise application processing and help reduce I/O latency by using standards-based interfaces and protocols to minimize the impact to existing end user enterprise infrastructures. The collaboration extends Seagate's enterprise solid-state strategy, which is focused on delivering the best-fit solutions for IT using both traditional hard disk drives and solid-state storage."

    Market research firm IDC forecasts that SSD revenue in the enterprise segment will reach $2.0B by 2013.[1] PCIe-based solutions will constitute a significant portion of this growing market segment due to their ability to further boost performance, reliability and ease of use within an existing IT infrastructure.

    "Solid-state drives remain in the spotlight as a technology and an area of growth in the storage market," said Jeff Janukowicz, research manager, Hard Disk Drive Components and Solid-State Drives at IDC. "Future market requirements related to price per gigabyte, performance, power consumption and reliability align well with the benefits of solid-state storage, and PCIe-based SSS solutions are poised to meet these requirements in data center environments where higher performance is at a premium."

    LSI and Seagate bring decades of enterprise-level experience in the design, manufacture and support of storage products for critical applications. Having two experienced leaders with proven engineering capabilities and the global scale to commit resources toward the development of PCIe-based SSS solutions will help pave the way to market maturity and broad enterprise adoption.
     
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    wolf Performance Enthusiast

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    w00t, these things tend to have awe inspiring read/write speeds, hello OS+Steam files drive.

    SSD's themselves still aren't nearly as cheap as they could be tho, still to hard for me to bite the bullet on a 128gb here is Aus.
     
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    Finally seagate :)
     
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    The problem with these particular drives is price and no boot.

    The IO-Xtreme is killer cept the price and not being able to boot from the drive is a real boner killer.
     
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    wolf Performance Enthusiast

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    Huh, I had no idea you can't boot from them, thats a deal breaker.

    is it the sort of thing that can be fixed, or no boot just because of the nature of the drive itself?

    perhaps being on pci-e for the throughput but also needing a sata connector for booting could work...
     
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    Fusion-IO continues to promise "some day" :/

    Others are bootable because they're designed around off the shelf RAID controllers.
     
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    i cant wait to see the headline read something like....

    "LSI, Seagate and Kmart collaborate to make Affordable PCI Express-based Solid-State Storage"

    :rolleyes:
     
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    lol, it's written "FusionIO 2008" on the board ...

    I hope Seagate will straighten up things up at LSI so they can actually sell those moster-fast ssd.
     
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    Yes Yes Yes Yes Oh Yea Finaly :d !!!
     
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    If these are bootable I will be buying one!
     
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    Considering the IO Fusion isnt, i doubt these are.
     
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    I doubt LSI is just going to disable that function on one of their controllers for the hell of it.

    Otherwise we'll have to start making our own with slot rafters... ;)

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    Ugh... just mess of wires there... don't disappoint us LSI/Seagate!
     
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    So setting first boot device in BIOS to "bootable add-in cards" is a no go? :wtf:
     
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    Not a complete list yet and haven't double-checked it all, but it's really just the Fusion IO devices that are not bootable so far. Other solutions are more or less standard RAID controllers with the SSD's slapped on, in which case they inherit bootability.

    Manufacturer Series Model Capacity (GB) Flash Type Interface Bootable Read (MB/s) Write (MB/s) Write Sus. (MB/s) Max IOPS Part Number Warranty (Years) MTBF (Hours)
    1
    2 OCZ Z-Drive e84 256 SLC x8 Yes 800 750 - 16000 OCZSSDPCIE-ZDE84256G 3 1200000
    3
    4 OCZ Z-Drive e84 512 SLC x8 Yes 850 600 - 16000 OCZSSDPCIE-ZDE84512G 3 1200000
    5
    6 OCZ Z-Drive p84 256 MLC x8 Yes 770 640 600 10000 OCZSSDPCIE-ZDP84256G 3 1200000
    7
    8 OCZ Z-Drive p84 512 MLC x8 Yes 870 780 600 10000 OCZSSDPCIE-ZDE84512G 3 1200000
    9
    10 OCZ Z-Drive p84 1024 MLC x8 Yes 870 780 600 10000 OCZSSDPCIE-ZDE841T 3 1200000
    11
    12 OCZ Z-Drive m84 256 MLC x8 Yes 750 650 600 - OCZSSDPCIE-ZDM84256G 3 1000000
    13
    14 OCZ Z-Drive m84 512 MLC x8 Yes 870 780 600 - OCZSSDPCIE-ZDM84512G 3 1000000
    15
    16 OCZ Z-Drive m84 1024 MLC x8 Yes 870 780 600 - OCZSSDPCIE-ZDM841T 3 1000000
    17
    18 Super Talent RAIDDrive* GS 256 - 2048 MLC x8 Yes 1400 1200 - - RGSx-xxxx 2 1500000
    19
    20 Super Talent RAIDDrive* ES 256 - 1024 SLC x8 Yes 1400 1200 - - RESx-xxxx 3 1500000
    21
    22 Super Talent RAIDDrive* WS 256 - 1024 SLC x8 Yes 1400 1200 - - RWSx-xxxx 3 1500000
    23
    24 Fusion-IO ioDrive 80GB 80 SLC x4 NO 750 500 - 119790 - - -
    25
    26 Fusion-IO ioDrive 160GB 160 SLC x4 NO 750 670 - 116046 - - -
    27
    28 Fusion-IO ioDrive 320GB 320 MLC x4 NO 700 490 - 71256 - - -
    29
    30 Fusion-IO ioDrive Duo 320GB 320 SLC x8 / x4 (2.0) NO 1500 1400 - 185022 - - -
    31
    32 Fusion-IO ioDrive Duo 640GB 640 MLC x8 / x4 (2.0) NO 1400 1000 - 122601 - - -
    33
    34 Fusion-IO ioXtreme 80GB 80 MLC x4 NO 700 280 - - - - -
    35
    36 Fusion-IO ioXtreme Pro 80GB 80 MLC x4 NO 700 280 - - - - -
     

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