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By | Simon Sharwood 11th September 2014 07:01

Seagate spins up new Cloud Systems and Solutions group

ClusterStor kit refreshed and 'enterprise capacity' two terabytes, two-incher revealed

Seagate has announced a new “Cloud Systems and Solutions group” it says will deliver the planet's very best storage rigs for cloud operators, a raft of new arrays and some new enterprise disk drives.

The company's rolling out the “explosion in unstructured data” line to explain the need for the group, which it says melds the expertise it acquired when slurping Xyratex and Evault with stuff cloud operators have whispered in its ear, to produce kit those wrestling lots of data will want in their corner.

The result is four offerings: integrated solutions for HPC; “Scalable, modular components and engineered solutions” that build into either reference designs for object stores or bespoke storage rigs for those who like to tinker; custom systems for OEMs and; as-a-service cloud backup and archiving kit for those who can't be bothered building it themselves.

HPC customers get a new ClusterStor to consider. The model 9000 is said to deliver a terabyte-per-second while transferring files and can store 3.4 petabytes in a rack if six-terabyte drives are used. One spec to watch: it weigh 1,141 kilograms. So don't set it down just anywhere. There's also a new Evault Enterprise Backup & Recovery Appliance capable of handling 100TB of data.

On the disk front, Seagate's touting a “Enterprise Capacity” class two-terabyte 2.5 incher it says slurps so little power you can put it to work as nearline storage. Or perhaps you'd prefer the new 15k performance drive with 600GB capacity. If that doesn't take your fancy, how about a 10K machine with up to 1.8TB capacity?

While we're talking about things with 1.8TB aboard, let's note that Seagate has also released a new Nytro PciE Flash card – the XP6209 – with 1.86TB aboard, and the littler XP6302 with just 1.7TB of embittered media.

Anyone with even a passing interest in enterprise storage knows that traditional arrays are going to be harder to sell in coming years. Seagate looks to be positioning itself to sell whatever it is that those with plenty to store will buy next. And as it points out, it is well-positioned to do so given it can provide something for just about any storage application from the desktop to the data centre. ®

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