Xyratex recently announced support for Seagate’s Savvio 15K.2 and Savvio 10K.3 Small Form Factor (SFF) enterprise hard disk drives.

As a result, Seagate’s Savvio 2.5 inch hard drives have been completely incorporated into Xyratex’s OneStor SP1224s, 2U 24 drive storage system, writes Samantha Sai for storage.biz-news.

Currently, this is the only fully integrated external storage subsystem to convey the high-performing, energy resourceful drives for enterprise storage systems.

Xyratex says that when compared to the standard 3.5-inch drives, these SFF drives burn up less power with twice the functioning density.

The company says this makes the OneStor SP1224s perfect for transaction-intensive use, allowing consumers to get enhanced time to data devoid of any penalties with decreased capacity or higher electric bills.

IDC is anticipating that 2.5-inch drive consignments will overtake 3.5-inch ones later this year – largely because of their improved performance and lesser power profile.

This raises the prospect of both HP and Dell coming out with storage products using the 15K.2 Savvios.

Both companies provided supporting quotes in the Seagate release.

The 2.5-inch Seagate Savvio 10K.2 enterprise hard drive offers up to 146-GB capacity and has the premier consistency rating in the world.

Savvio 10K.2 drives are 70 per cent smaller than 3.5-inch drives, enabling more drives per system for improved performance per U (vertical usable space) and optimized performance per watt.

The Savvio drive also uses less power and enables more airflow to cool faster processors.

Carla Kennedy, vice president of enterprise PLM at Seagate, said Xyratex and Seagate were committed to meeting the key data center requirements of reduced power consumption and improved system performance with Small Form Factor hard drives.

"In addition to delivering the highest performance and largest capacity SFF drives in the industry, these new drives enable new levels in system efficiency when the market needs it most," she said.

The Xyratex OneStor SP1224s is the SFF companion of the company’s highly flexible OneStor Extensible Storage Platform family. The SP1224s is a 2U, 24-drive storage system supported on 2.5-inch drives and make available eighty-five percent proficient power translation.

While no set time for the shipment has been planned, both the 15K.2 and 10K.3 drives may be ready to go out sometime in December.

However, the self-encrypting versions won’t be released at least until the beginning of 2010.

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