There are several business strategies used when a company moves into a new market space or product line. "Dive in Head First" is strategy of choice here as Seagate unveiled their latest product line-up which includes consumer, enterprise, and PCIe SSD's. The Seagate 600, 600 Pro, 1200, and X8 Accelerator PCIe card will cover a large variety of markets distributed through their normal partners.
The Seagate 600 series currently is available at NewEgg in 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB with competitive pricing and performance. Thanks to the LAMD (Link-A-Media Devices) controller, first introduced by Corsair in their Neutron SSD lineup (see our review), have sequential speeds of up to 530 MB/s read and 440 MB/s write. If you order now, they will begin shipping to customers on May 28th, 2013.
The Seagate 1200 is the high performance server and enterprise SSD in capacities up to 800 GB. Using a dual port SAS these drives will be capable of up to 12 Gb/s providing twice the performance of a standard SSD.
The Enterprise market will also see the X8 Accelerator, a PCIe based SSD. These cards, while half-height half-length, will come in up to 2.2 TB sizes with speeds of 1.1 million IOPS for those who need the best access times for Virtualization and SQL databases.
This addition of an SSD line by the major mechanical drive manufacturers is long over due. Even though I think the SSD market is over saturated I am curious to see what Seagate can do in this space, besides helping to drive down prices. Full press release at the link below along with photos to drool over.