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Seagate Launches Nytro 1000 SATA SSD Series with SandForce's DuraWrite Technology


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Expanding on its Nytro portfolio of enterprise flash products, Seagate today announced the launch of its new Nytro 1000 Series SATA SSD drives. The Seagate Nytro 1000 SATA SSD series (which includes the Nytro 1351 and Nytro 1551 SSDs) delivers ultra-fast, consistent performance for read-intensive workloads. Globally available in the fall, the Nytro SSDs is being demonstrated at this week's Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara.

The Nytro SSD series is designed to serve as the backbone of the enterprise's cloud infrastructure, making it ideal for data center managers looking to upgrade their existing systems.

Unique DuraWrite technology reduces cumulative amount of data written
Among the innovations behind the Nytro SSD is Seagate DuraWrite technology, a unique lossless data reduction technology which compresses data flowing through Seagate's internally-developed controller. The NAND flash memory inside SSDs is sensitive to the cumulative amount of data written to it; the more data written to flash, the shorter the SSD's service life and the sooner its performance will degrade.

Seagate's DuraWrite technology uses intelligent lossless compression techniques to reduce the amount of data stored on the flash. That enables up to 3.5 times higher random-write performance than competitive offerings, along with greater power efficiency and cost savings.

"No other company offers this type of technology," says Yev Koup, enterprise SSD product marketing manager. "Having less data to write leads to better SSD endurance and performance."

Suited for the most demanding database and cloud environments
The Nytro SSD offers impressive speeds, with random-write performance of 55,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second), making it well-suited for the most demanding database and cloud environments, Koup explains.

The Nytro 1000 SSD is available in several capacity options, from 240GB up to 3.84TB.

The Nytro SSD line supports "tunable capacity," Koup says, which means data center managers get the flexibility to optimize the drive for performance or capacity considerations. In addition, it comes with a range of Seagate Secure data-protection options for peace-of-mind security.

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Nice. I never thought we'd see SandForce controllers again. Despite early firmware issues and criticisms of compression which heavily affects non-compressible data performance, I was always a huge fan of it because of how radical it was compared to other crude solutions. I wonder if they mitigated the performance when data can't be compressed and kept the high gains when it can be compressed. Also, it comes in huge capacities now which was also limitation of first SandForce controllers. Looking forward to reviews seeing its hardware and software parts explained in details with real world performance results. Just realized these are aimed at Enterprises, despite showing SATA on image. Don't they use SAS? Hm. Would be nice if they also had them for consumers with same controller, up to 2TB at least.