Seagate – LSI Ink Deal to Manufacture PCIe SSDs Page: 1

The SSD market is growing by leaps and bounds and manufacturers are all hoping to grab a bigger share for themselves. Seagate and LSI have come together to do just this – the drive makers have inked an agreement to manufacture PCI-Express SSDs. The jointly developed drives would be aimed at the data center and cloud computing domain.

Seagate is a minor player in SSDs market while LSI has good command over SAS and PCIe technologies. The joint enterprise will create and market enterprise-grade storage solutions that will reportedly provide higher performance and solid reliability compared to other solutions currently available.

“IT professionals want server and storage solutions that can deliver the performance and efficiency benefits of solid-state technology without impacting system resources or further complicating already complex enterprise storage environments,” said David Mosley, executive vice president, Sales, Marketing, and Product Line Management, Seagate.

“These new LSI products will accelerate enterprise application processing and help reduce I/O latency by using standards-based interfaces and protocols to minimize the impact to existing end user enterprise infrastructures. The collaboration extends Seagate's enterprise solid-state strategy, which is focused on delivering the best-fit solutions for IT using both traditional hard disk drives and solid-state storage.”

The first SSDs from the joint venture are expected to start rolling out in Q2 2010.

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