Seagate Unleashes World’s Fastest SSD Flash Drive

Seagate breaks SSD flash drive speed record with latest device

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Storage and hard drive manufacturer, Seagate, opened the curtains on its new cutting edge flash drive, an SSD drive capable of 10 gigabytes per second data rates.

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The 10GB/s drive is about 4GB/s faster than the previous fastest-industry SSD on the market.

SSD is used for performance gains. Those who would benefit the most from this type of super-speed flash drive are in need of processing data in real-time, where speed is critical. Some use-case scenarios cited by Seagate include use by large-scale cloud providers and web applications, for weather modeling, or for statistical trends analysis.

The drive could also be used in an all-flash array to maximize performance or with hard-disk drives (HDDs) for a more cost-effective hybrid storage alternative.

Seagate’s drive will work with any system supporting the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) protocol, which was developed by Seagate with other vendors to replace the legacy Serial AT Attachment (SATA) technology. NVMs was designed to reduce informational bottlenecks by decreasing the layers of commands to create a faster, simpler language between flash devices.

“Your data is only as good as how easily you can access it and put it to use,” said Brett Pemble, Seagate’s general manager and vice president of SSD Products. “Seagate is committed to providing the full spectrum of technologies to help meet the diverse needs of organizations so they can unlock this value. Whether for consumer cloud or business applications, this SSD will help improve on demands for fast access to information, where split seconds drive incremental value gains.”

Technology advancements continue to stretch the limits of SSD speed and performance due to growing enterprise demands that require fast data processing at scale,” said Gregory Wong, founder and principal analyst, Forward Insights. “Seagate has effectively rewritten the rules for performance with this latest SSD unit. Based on our latest analysis, Seagate is already the leading provider to the emerging PCIe OCP market.”

The new flash drive will be available this summer and will be on display at the upcoming Open Compute Project Summit 2016 in San Jose, Calif. March 9-10 at Seagate’s booth.