Seagate’s New Cheetahs Drive Down Storage Total Cost of Ownership

Disc drive manufacturer Seagate today announced its latest Cheetah enterprise-class disc drives, the Cheetah 15K.3 and the Cheetah 10K.6. The new disc drives are designed for all enterprise applications and serve the needs of IT managers focused on lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) of their storage systems by using drives with the highest reliability, increased capacity and performance. Seagate’s new Cheetah family of disc drives offer a range of capacities from 18 to 146 gigabytes, spindle speeds of 10K and 15K, and a choice of Ultra320 SCSI and 2 Gb/second Fibre Channel interfaces.

As the industry’s only third generation 15K-rpm disc drive, Seagate’s Cheetah 15K.3 is the enterprise drive of choice when running more I/O intensive applications and delivers the lowest cost per I/O. The low-profile Cheetah 10K.6 drive is ideal for more data-intensive applications and delivers up to 146 gigabytes at the lowest cost per gigabyte.

The new Cheetahs are being unveiled in live demonstrations this week at Networld+Interop in Las Vegas, at CMP’s Tech Builder XChange in Coronado, CA and at media and analyst briefings around the globe.

“Although IT users tend to focus on the costs of acquiring storage, Gartner Research reported that storage acquisition costs are only about 20 percent of the total cost of ownership,”(1) said Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president, Worldwide Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service. “Seagate’s 10K.6 and 15K.3 Cheetah disc drives are solutions designed to help enable IT departments store their data more efficiently, while using and managing less hardware at the same time. Through Seagate’s technology leadership and time-to-market execution demonstrated consistently with the Cheetah family of disc drives, the Cheetah 10K.6 and 15K.3 disc drives are the premier choices to ultimately reduce system TCO.”

“Simple, cost-effective manageability of data and storage is the number one requirement for customers purchasing enterprise servers and SAN systems,” said Neal Clapper, general manager of network storage array systems at HP’s Network Storage Solutions Organization. “Technologies such as Seagate’s Cheetah disc drives help HP deliver systems to customers with even more storage capacity and performance in much less space and with fewer infrastructure changes required. Overall, this contributes to a more efficient, streamlined system that requires less support.”

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