Seagate pumps up product lines

Seagate pumps up product lines

Seagate has introduced 10 storage products for the Australian market extending across consumer and portable segments to the enterprise. But many will be unavailable locally until the new year.

Its latest enterprise products, the 146GB Savivio 10k.2, a 2.5in drive for blade servers; and the 750GB Barracuda ES STA drive for high capacity servers, are shipping now.

The company is also talking up its Momentus 5400 PSD notebook drive. It is a hybrid 2.5in drive that stores to both solid state and magnetic storage. The drive is designed to work on Windows XP and Vista, and Mac OS and will hit local shores in January.

Seagate managing director of APAC channel sales and marketing, Kevin Lee, said the drives would ultimately save battery life as there was less need for the hard drive platter to spin if it was relying on solid state memory.

Also on the notebook front, Seagate has introduced the 160GB Momentus 5400.2 FDE which provides hardware-based disk encryption; and the Momentus 7200.2. This 2.5-inch drive spins at 7200RPM, stores 160GB of data and employs the new perpendicular recording technology.

The company has also launched into the embedded portable storage space with its first 1.8-inch hard drive. These are the drives employed by MP3 and PMP makers such as Apple's iPod.

The 60GB ST18 Series would allow the vendor to compete head-on with Toshiba in the 1.8in drive market, Seagate executives said.

The ST18 has power management features to prolong battery life and is shock proof for joggers and other activities. The drive will be available early next year.

Other products launched this week included the LD25 Series drives built specifically for game consoles; the 750GB DB35 Series hard drive DVR/PVR recording; 8.0GB Pocket Drive and Seagate Mirra Sync and Share Personal Server that connects Mac and Windows drives together.

The new lines bring the vendor's total storage products to 42 across eight market segments.

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