Seagate teams up with Virident on next-gen PCIe SSDs
Hard disk drive maker Seagate Technology and NAND flash memory specialist Virident Systems on Monday announced a partnership to work jointly on next-generation NAND flash-based storage products for the enterprise storage market. This includes both hardware and software components that can be deployed in data centers.
The agreement will see Seagate making a $40 million equity investment in Virident, a seven-year-old company backed by partners such as Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) Systems, Micron and NEC. In exchange, Seagate will immediately be able to sell rebranded flash-based PCIe products from Virident to system makers and partners. This move essentially broadens Seagate's existing portfolio of SAS-based SSDs and hybrid drives.
In a prepared statement, Gary Gentry, senior vice president of solid-state drives at Seagate wrote: "Together, we are working to develop the next-generation hardware and software solutions in the PCIe space." PCIe is a computer expansion card standard designed to serve as the interconnection backbone of computers, and is substantially faster than the SAS and PATA storage interfaces.
As reported by Computerworld, Virident currently offers a line of high-end PCIe-based storage modules called FlashMAX. Available in both single-level cell and multi-level cell flash of up to 2.2TB capacity, the performance on the more expensive SLC product ranges from 340K IOPS using 4K blocks to 1.4 million IOPS using 512-byte blocks.