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Seagate announces next gen advanced storage arrays

Seagate Technology Holdings has announced its next-generation Exos X, the advanced storage arrays powered by Seagate's sixth generation controller architecture.

The new Exos X systems feature up to twice the performance of the previous generation and enhanced enterprise-class durability, the company states.

To help protect the stored data, Exos X systems incorporate ADAPT (Advanced Distributed Autonomic Protection Technology) erasure coding solution with Seagate's innovative self-healing storage technology ADR (Autonomous Drive Regeneration).

The Exos X series is a family of petabyte-scale, rack-mounted block storage enclosures that aggregate and virtualise dozens to hundreds of hard drives and SSDs for maximum data resiliency, availability and performance. Exos X systems are ideal as highly available enterprise storage infrastructure for conventional enterprise data centres as well as private clouds, Seagate states.

Onboard the Exos X storage arrays is Seagate's ADAPT erasure encoding solution that minimises data redundancy overhead and accelerates recovery time with rapid system rebuilds.

Paired with ADAPT, ADR can continuously monitor, diagnose, and automatically rebuild the drives in-place without the need for a manual swap. This allows data centres to reduce physical drive handling, human intervention and computer e-waste.

Additionally, the new VelosCT controller enables superior performance up to 725,000 IOPS (I/O per second) at 1ms latency, sequential read speeds up to 12GB/s and writes at 10GB/s.

According to Seagate, data centres can take advantage of the hyperscale-class efficiency, simple frictionless deployment, and streamlined data management across a broad range of demanding workload, always-on environments.

Ken Claffey, Senior Vice President Systems at Seagate says, “Leveraging Seagate's unique vertical integration that spans from silicon device design and manufacturing to services, we bring new levels of innovation and value to the enterprise storage systems market.

"Featuring the new controller engineered and built by Seagate, the new Exos X systems can achieve a new level of RAID array availability, reliability, and performance for better efficiency while significantly reducing administrative burden. Exos X systems will help our data centre customers form a future-proof data management strategy.”

Dorin Vanderjack, Vice President and General Manager, Intel U.S. OEM & Strategic Account Sales, says, “We are delighted with the introduction of Seagate's new RAID controller that delivers high performance and cost-effective system solutions.

"At this time of unprecedented data growth, integrating Intel Xeon D Processors with Seagate's enhanced ASIC-based architecture improves customers' total cost of ownership and helps drive greater business value from their hardware and from their data.”

The Exos X systems also provide support for the Redfish and Swordfish open standard management protocols. Seagates Exos X 2U12, 2U24, and the high-density enclosure 5U84all with the new VelosCT ASIC controllers are available globally via qualified Seagate distributors.

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