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Seagate Outlines the Future of Storage

Seagate Outlines the Future of Storage



About Desktop Drives

About Desktop Drives

HWZ : Seagate just recently launched their ninth generation of the Barracuda drive with capacities of up to 500GB. Warranty is still set at 5 years and it now supports the newer SATA 3Gbps interface. To us, that's already an enterprise class drive. Do you think SATA drives are positioned to take over SCSI now, or in the near future?

Chirico : Serial ATA will have its niche in the enterprise space but it won't overtake the enterprise space itself. There will be areas that will fit, but SCSI and Fiber Channel (FC), I think are still going to be the two main drivers from the interface perspective. In the real core of the enterprise space, I don't see much will change to that. We're shipping some SATA in that, and as you grow higher in areal density, you'll see it take over some area but I think most of the core applications, you'll see SCSI and FC.

HWZ : Any possibility of 10K or 15K RPM SATA drives with SATA 3G technology?

Chirico : Obviously there's opportunity for everybody to work on different ways to exploit markets they are not in today or empty spaces in the market segments. As we're working closely with a number of the top five or six vendors in the enterprise space, and looking out at their roadmaps and how much time we spent in joint development activities with them, I don't see anything in the near term that's going to be disruptive to that. Anything is possible, but I don't see it today.


HWZ : When do you think SATA will completely replace the legacy PATA interface?

Chirico : We get tremendous fluctuation, believe it or not, that flip flops back between SATA and PATA. Drives going out to key OEMs today are still being equipped with PATA and looking out into the horizon, we still see the demand for PATA, so I honestly don't know.