Seagate Unleashes NAS-Grade IronWolf SSDs and FireCUDA NVMe Drives

Seagate is going all-in on the SSD market

Seagate Unleashes NAS-Grade IronWolf SSDs and FireCUDA NVMe Drives

Seagate Unleashes NAS-Grade IronWolf SSDs and FireCUDA NVMe Drives

Relying exclusively on HDD technology is not a viable strategy moving forward. Yes, technology like HAMR and MACH.2 will inject some extra life into the HDD market, but that will do little to withstand the onslaught of solid state storage in the long term. There is a reason why Sandisk was purchased by Western Digital and a reason why Seagate has invested in solid-state storage and hybrid HDD/SSD technology in recent years. 

Seagate has announced several new SSD products at CES 2019, moving the brand deep into the SSD market with both high-performance models and NAS-grade high capacity offerings. Yes, you read that right, Seagate has created a NAS-grade SSD. 

We'll start by talking about Seagate's 510 series of SSDs, which range in capacity from 256GB to 2TB over BarraCuda and FireCuda lines. Both lines will use TLC NAND with a Phison E12 controller, with each drive using varying amounts of SLC cache, with BarraCuda drives offering 24GB of SLC cache while the FireCuda offers 28GB of SLC cache. 

The BarraCuda line will come in 256GB and 512GB flavours and ship in the form of a single-sided M.2 2280 card, which uses four PCIe 3.0 lanes to offer maximum read/write speeds of 3,400MB/s and 2,100MB/s. The FireCuda will ship in larger capacities of 1TB and 2TB and deliver higher sequential read/write speeds of 3,450MB/s and 3,200MB/s. At this time the pricing of both drives is unknown.  

Seagate Unleashes NAS-Grade IronWolf SSDs and FireCUDA NVMe Drives
And now for the interesting bit. Seagate has revealed a NAS-grade SSD; an IronWolf branded drive that offers DuraWrite support and contains integrated capacitors that enable power loss data protection. 

Seagate's IronWolf 110 SSDs are built using the same 3D TLC NAND as the BarraCuda and FireCuda M.2 drives, with Seagate citing the power savings offered by SSD storage as a major benefit for 24/7 NAS systems, aside from the performance benefits that solid-state storage already provides. 

Alongside Seagate's 5-year limited warranty, IronWolf SSDs also ship with a two-year plan of Seagate's Data Recovery Services. 

 BarraCuda SSDBarraCuda 510 SSDFireCuda 510 SSDIronWolf 110 SSD
Form Factor2.5-inchM.2 2280 Single-SidedM.2 2280 Double-Sided2.5-inch
InterfaceSATA 6Gb/sNVMe 1.3NVMe 1.3SATA 6Gb/s
Max Seq Read Speed560MB/s3,400MB/s3,450MB/s560 MB/s
Max Seq Write Speed540MB/s2,100MB/s3,200MB/s535 MB/s
Capacity250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB256GB, 512GB1TB, 2TB240GB, 480GB,
960GB, 1.92TB, 3.84TB 
Warranty5-year limited5-year limited5-year limited5-year limited

Seagate Unleashes NAS-Grade IronWolf SSDs and FireCUDA NVMe Drives

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