Articles about Seagate

Seagate REJECTED buyout offer for Virident – analyst

Hard drive supremos Seagate had first refusal on buying out enterprise flash startup Virident – and turned it down, leaving WD free to snap it up for $685m. This little bombshell burst forth from a report on a Seagate Analyst Day by Stifel Nicolaus' chief, Aaron Rakers. A second juicy nugget was that Rakers thinks there were …
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2013
Seagate Ultra Mobile HDD

Seagate parades spinning skinny model to oust flash from fondleslabs... almost

Would you trust a tablet or a smartphone with a hard disk rather than flash storage? Seagate hopes its Ultra Mobile HDD will persuade you to trade rugged but pricey solid-state memory for 30 times more storage space than your average (16GB) tablet sports. Seagate claims the skinny, 96g 500GB UM HDD offers the same “power, …
Tony Smith, 10 Sep 2013

Seagate goes back to ASICs, slurps upstart's brains in return for cash

Seagate has invested in a bespoke chip designer that can whack new interfaces to the hard disk giant's products. The silicon slinger is privately-held eASIC, which was tapped up for its "expertise in fast time-to-market, low-cost and low-power" custom chip knowhow, we're told. The draw for Seagate seems to be the ability to add …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2013
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Sneaky Seagate slips 'world's fastest' enterprise disk mutant into the wild

Seagate has quietly built an enterprise-class 600GB hybrid drive: it combines the capacity of spinning platters with a fast flash cache of hot data. Up until now Seagate has only delivered notebook-computer-class hybrid disks, namely the Momentus XT and the Laptop SSHD product lines. Oddly it hasn't actually formally announced …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2013
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Seagate private equity whispers begin... AGAIN

Seagate is reported to be talking to private equity firms about shifting off the stock market and back into private ownership. This would be the second time it has held such talks, so it's anybody's guess if anything will come of it. We heard about it from Aaron Rakers, a Stifel Nicolaus analyst of good repute, and he heard …
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

Shingle me timbers! Seagate brags of 1m SMR drives - where are they?

Seagate has said it's shipped a million shingled disk drives to date. Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) increases a device's capacity by squeezing more readable tracks of data onto a platter's surface, albeit by hammering rewrite speeds. When committing bytes to disk, the tiny electromagnet in the disk head that writes the …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2013

You know flash is king when disk giant Seagate grows its SSD line

Seagate is going to expand its solid state drive (SSD) line this year using co-developed Samsung controller technology and introducing its first multi-level cell drive. Seagate and Samsung have a flash chip supply and controller partnership. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers has talked to Seagate execs and gleaned that: …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2013

Seagate: Fibre Channel? RAID? SATA? File System? All RUBBISH

Seagate is building hard disk drives with a direct Ethernet interface and object-style API access for scalable object stores, a plan which - if it works - would destroy much of the existing, typical storage stack. Drives would become native key/value stores that manage their own space mapping with accessing applications simply …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013
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Now Seagate posts declining results. Can new tech lift it upwards?

Seagate announced disappointing quarterly results but its underlying trends are positive as it makes big bets on new technologies. In the quarter ended September 27 Seagate’s revenues were $3.5 billion ($3.7 billion a year ago) with profits of $427 million ($582 million a year ago). The annual compare is coming off the tail-end …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2013
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IT'S HERE: Seagate ships 'affordable' desktop hybrid drive

Seagate is developing an internal desktop hybrid hard drive with a flash cache to speed PC boot and application load times to near-SSD levels at little more than plain ordinary disk prices. It's also rebranding its Momentus XT notebook drives as Laptop SSHDs and introducing a single platter laptop Thin SSHD. This third …
Chris Mellor, 05 Mar 2013
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Every SECOND there are EIGHT more Seagate drives in the world

Seagate boasts that it has shipped a billion drives in just four years after taking nearly three decades to build its previous billion. The company shipped its first billionth disk in 2008; its inaugural product, the 5MB ST-506, hit the market in 1980. Now Seagate's factories - busy spewing drives to a world enthusiastically …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2013

Want to know about Seagate's tech specs? Ask a BEANCOUNTER

Comment You have to smile when the financial guy rather than the techie is the one giving the talk on what a vendor's product is going to look like next year. But this is not uncommon in the disk drive and SSD industry, especially among its Big Three: Seagate, Toshiba and WD. Their respective chief financial officers want investors to …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2013
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Seagate eyes UltraViolet for cloud pie in the sky

Storage specialist Seagate has joined the organisation behind the universal online movie locker service UltraViolet. A company focusing on local storage keen to get its foot in the door of a cloud-based service? That can’t be right surely? Don’t forget that for all Seagate’s promotion of external hard drives and network …
Tony Smith, 02 Nov 2012
WD Purple surveillance HDD

Surveillance, that's a hot topic right now. We'll make some disk drives for that – WD, Seagate

Not so long ago, Apple went through a list of big cats to name its OS X releases and it seems that WD is doing the same with a box of crayons. So far we’ve had WD Black (flash-disk hybrid), Green (eco-friendly), Blue (desktop-friendly) and Red (NAS-friendly). The spectrum is widening though, as WD announced its Purple range of 3 …
Bob Dormon, 26 Feb 2014
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Seagate: Oh no, is my enterprise disk sales slip showing?

Seagate saw a 9.3 per cent slip in enterprise disk drive sales in its first fiscal 2013 quarter and revenues fell to $3.732bn compared to the previous quarter's $4.482bn. However, revenues were higher than the year-ago quarter's $2.8bn, when a profit of $140m was made. In the latest quarter profits were substantially higher at $ …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2012
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Seagate takes 7.2k notebook drives out back - and shoots them

A momentous moment: Seagate will end production of its Momentus 7,200rpm 2.5in disk-only drives. The storage giant will stop making the gear by the end of this year to focus on drives mixed with flash memory, although it will continue to pump out 5,400rpm disks for cheap laptops. “We are going stop building our notebook 7, …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2013
Seagate VIdeo 2.5 HDD

Seagate slips out super-silent 2.5in video hard drive

Seagate has decided the set-top box and digital video recorder market is now big enough to warrant having its own special drive - and the Video 2.5 HDD is it. It's chosen a 2.5-inch format because it holds enough video - 250, 320 or 500GB of the stuff - is barely audible at 22dB, and draws niggardly amounts of power. The new …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2012
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Juniper, Seagate stuff cash down Cloudscaling's OpenStack trousers

The founders at Cloudscaling - one of the myriad companies trying to become the "Linux of the cloud" by enhancing and commercializingthe OpenStack cloud control freak - have just landed a second wad of cash from investors. Cloudscaling was founded in the middle of 2009 by Randy Bias, the company's CTO, and Adam Waters, the COO …
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Seagate: Stuff the cloud, back it all up on our box

CES 2013 Seagate is showing off two new "cloud storage alternatives" at the Las Vegas CES shindig. Both are disk products that wirelessly stream data to mobile devices and back up a network of home desktop and notebook computers. Seagate has introduced Seagate Central Shared disk drive storage, with 2TB, 3TB or 4TB capacity, for those …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2013

Seagate dock hands: Tea, lads? Fewer hard disks than last year, eh...

Seagate's fourth quarter and full year results show a company that's declining in revenues, profits and disk drive units. The hard disk business just isn't spinning as fast as it used to. The company shipped 53.9 million units in the quarter, down from 65.9 million a year earlier, representing a shipments slip of 18 per cent. …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2013

Seagate joins OpenStack foundation and Open Compute Project

In an effort to stay relevant in the new cloudy world Seagate is loading money into OpenStack and joining the Open Compute Project. The storage specialist "will help cloud builders to develop more scalable, customizable solutions using open platforms," it said in a statement on Wednesday, announcing its involvement. "Seagate is …
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2013
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Helium HDD prices rise way above air-filled spinning rust

A 6TB Helium-filled drive from HGST costs $120 more than a traditional 6TB drive from Seagate. Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, interviewed Seagate’s CFO, Pat O’Malley, and noted afterwards that Seagate estimated an approximate $30/drive extra cost versus traditional air-filled drives. Rakers notes the “HGST (WD) …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2015

Seagate: Storage industry ill-prepared for onrushing big data tsunami

Flash Memory Summit The world is producing such a rapidly surging amount of data that the storage industry – both solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard-disk drives (HDDs) – will be hard-pressed to keep up with demand, says one storage-industry insider. "You can take that as a crisis; we see it as an opportunity," HDD manufacturer Seagate's SVP in …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Aug 2013

Finally, a use for Microsoft Azure: Storing Seagate biz backups

Seagate's online backup service EVault will use the Microsoft Azure cloud as its back-end data vault. According to the Redmond software giant, Azure is good for storing bytes as well as crunching computational tasks. Seagate's EVault Endpoint Protection (EVault EP) product promises cloud-connected backups and data security for …
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2012

Seagate backup biz deletes name, restores EVault brand

Seagate's cloud backup biz, i365, has renamed itself EVault, the name it was called when Seagate bought it five years ago. Why bother? The i365 name was applied to EVault, and to Seagate's acquired paperwork search biz MetaLincs and Seagate Recovery Services, in September 2008. The three operations were combined in the wholly- …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2011

WD: Enjoying our $630m, Seagate? Let's ruin your day with our results

It might still be smarting from the $630m it just doled out to Seagate, but WD widened the gap between itself and its arch competitor with its fourth quarter and full year results. Overall, the world's biggest HDD maker sold more drives more profitably - and coped with the PC downturn better. Revenues for WD's fourth financial …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2013
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WD escapes $630m hit over Seagate 'trade secrets' ... for now anyway

Western Digital is off the hook for a cool $630m in an arbitration case it initially lost over the alleged misuse of Seagate's confidential information, including trade secrets. Back last year, Seagate complained about the activities of WD and a former Seagate employee who had joined WD, alleging that WD was using Seagate trade …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2012
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Seagate fscks up: Disk drive sales fall short by $500m

Seagate will miss its fourth quarter's sales target as its competitors recover faster than expected from floods that knackered hard drive supplies. The storage biz also had a quality-control issue with an enterprise disk product, which reduced shipments by 1.5 million units to 66 million, and increased costs. It issued a …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2012
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Seagate: Who us... no flash cred? Check out our PCIe card, suckers

Seagate has opened up fresh fronts in its assault on the flash market and announced SATA and SAS SSDs as well as a PCIe flash card, signalling for the first time in a product sense just how serious it is about becoming a major league flash product supplier. There are basically four products: the 600, 600 Pro and 1200 SSDs and X8 …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2013
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Lucky Luczo: Seagate sales will beat expectations

Seagate is expected to shift $3.5bn worth of kit in its second fiscal 2013 quarter ending 31 Dec, 2012, but says it has exceeded that number, providing a revenues figure of at least $3.6bn. This is $132m less than the previous quarter but $400m more than the year-ago quarter. It looks like the Thai flood sales boost has played …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2013
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Apple extends fail-prone Seagate HDD swap scheme

Apple has extended its 2011 iMac hard drive replacement scheme. Originally pegged to all-in-one desktop maps purchased between May and July 2011, the programme now runs from October 2009 to July 2011. If you own a 21.5in or 27in iMac bought new during that period, you may qualify for a free hard drive replacement. At issue are …
Hard Reg, 15 Oct 2012

OCZ shares jump as Seagate gobble speculation echoes

Reuters is reporting that flash products hustler OCZ may have received a buyout offer from Seagate and its shares are up a fifth. Reuters quotes an industry blog, Fudzilla, which ran a speculative story about the potential deal and said there was more than one suitor. Micron is identified as one such. OCZ has grown quickly and …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2012
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Seagate's shingle bathers stalked by HGST's helium HAMR-head sharks

A performance-versus-capacity war is brewing in the hard drive industry with Seagate leading on disk-flash hybrids and WD-HGST on helium-filled devices. At a briefing session for tech journos yesterday, Seagate dropped hints of new solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) - which combine a non-volatile NAND cache with spinning platters …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2013

Seagate's bottom line smacked as users bin desktops for tablets

Hard drive-maker Seagate's third quarter profits slipped by a whopping 64 per cent year-on-year as the company's bottom line was hit by users deserting desktops for tablets. Revenues for its third fiscal 2013 quarter were $3.53bn, 20 per cent down on an annual basis when revenues were pumped up through Thai flood drive shortages …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2013

Seagate stuffs $40m into flash card shuffler Virident

Number two disk drive manufacturer Seagate reported adequate results for its second quarter and also 'fessed up to making a $40m investment in PCIe flash card maker Virident. Revenues for its second fiscal 2013 quarter were $3.67bn, a nice 14.7 per cent increase on the same quarter a year ago but down 1.7 per cent or $62m on the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2013
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Seagate's latest GoFlex kit 'bolts into stores

Seagate rolled out its latest batch of external hard drives this week alongside a new Thunderbolt adaptor, bringing the high-speed connectivity tech to its entire GoFlex range. Four drives are available. The GoFlex Pro for Mac is the company's 500GB entry level model. Memory is doubled with the GoFlex Special Edition for Mac …
Caleb Cox, 26 Apr 2012
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Is it a bird? Is it a cloud? No! It's just a new Seagate biz NAS box

Seagate has added one, two and four-bay desktop filers to its product range, calling it Seagate Business Storage. The boxes also feature an external SATA bus to hook up removable drives. The manufacturer has, unlike its rivals, mercifully resisted the temptation to call the network-attached storage a personal or small-biz "cloud …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2013
EVault PnP Appliance

Seagate's cloud backup baby gets software boost

Seagate has given its backup-to-the-cloud EVault sub an appliance software boost, probably in a bid to lure in more of that small and medium biz customer goodness. EVault appliances have now been updated with the latest v7.0 version of its software. according to the firm, this means faster backups, up to 100 per cent faster for …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2013
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Buy a flash kit maker now, Seagate... good ones will be gone soon

Blocks and Files With Western Digital buying sTec and SanDisk buying SMART Storage Systems, Seagate is looking like the last player standing in the game of flash musical chairs. These days, a lot of serious storage suppliers are keen to get into enterprise flash storage devices - meaning component devices and not complete arrays such as those …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jul 2013
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'Seagate's OCZ gobble was real, but went sour in CEO row'

Juicy scuttlebutt from storage insiders suggests the Seagate acquisition of OCZ fell through because the larger firm refused to give OCZ's CEO Ryan Petersen a seat on its board. According to our sources, this, in combination with flash NAND shortages at OCZ, led to Petersen's eventual resignation. Petersen founded and ran OCZ, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2012
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Return of the disk drive bigness? Not for poor old, busted WD

Western Digital has reported mixed numbers for its latest quarter, with a small revenue rise and a larger profits drop compared with the numbers it reported a year ago. Seagate reported sparkling numbers yesterday in comparison. For its first fiscal 2015 quarter, ended 3 October, revenues of $3.9bn were up modestly year-on-year …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2014

Spinning rust into gold: WD profit grows ... though sales dip

+Comment Western Digital sold 61 million drives in its latest quarter, 2.1 million less than a year ago, but made $30m more profit, and it out-shipped and out-earned rival Seagate – CEO Steve Milligan's men must have ear-to-ear grins on their faces. The company’s revenues, including its WD and HGST operations, for Q2 in its fiscal 2015 ( …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2015
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Dash for Flash: Seagate in NAND cash splash

You can't even afford to blink in the flash storage business without something big happening. Now Seagate's gone and invested in DensBits, the start-up that aims to make cheap slow NAND perform as well as fast flash. There are three kinds of flash: single-level cell or SLC, with 1 bit per cell, which is fast and long-lived; 2- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2012
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Seagate: We'll bring down HAMR in 2014 ... this year, you get shingles

Seagate aims to ship enhanced capacity shingled magnetic recording (SMR) disk drives later this year and bring in Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) technology next year, a full two years earlier than supposed. Possibly this is its riposte to the helium gas attack mounted by WD subsidiary HGST. Shingled magnetic recording …
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2013

Cleversafe CEO: We would tell you about the 8TB drive, but...

Hot on the heels of the light-on-details announcement about Seagate's 8TB hard disk drive, The Register pressed Cleversafe CEO John Morris on whether his firm would be using the enormo capacity drives. Morris answered: "We are happy to help you whenever it’s possible, but we can’t comment on this subject.” Seagate spokesperson …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014

Seagate’s EVault joins the backup providers swarm

+Comment Seagate has a new backup target appliance (BTA) that can shoot data to a private, public or partner cloud, as well as having 65TB of usable storage capacity. Why in a mature market are there so very many suppliers? It announced 50TB (3U) and 100TB (4U) EBA (Enterprise Backup and recovery Appliances) appliances last September and …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2015
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Seagate mulls flogging precious drives at auction

CES 2012 At CES Seagate boss Steve Luczo said the company was considering running open market auctions of its disk drives to gauge spot prices and demand. Luczo was talking at an informal investor event attended by Stifel Nicolaus' Aaron Rakers, who wrote that Seagate could run the auction events itself or hire a third party to do it. …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2012
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Apple recalls 1TB Seagate HDDs

Apple is recalling a "very small number" of Seagate-made internal 1TB hard drives fitted in 21.5in and 27in iMacs sold earlier this year. The machines shipped between May and July. Some of the drives have failed, prompting the recall. Apple said it will replace the drives free of charge, though you'll have to take your machine …
Hard Reg, 25 Jul 2011

DRAM-firm-fattened flash bods double last year's profits

Memory/flash chip maker Micron, fattened with Japanese DRAM firm Elpida, has recorded record revenues of $4.57bn. Its first quarter of fiscal 2015 finished with a bang on December 4, 2014, delivering revenues 13 per cent higher than a year ago and eight per cent up on the fourth fiscal 2014 quarter. Profits of a round billion …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2015
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Disk areal density: Not a constant, consistent platter

Comment A disk's areal density varies according to where you look on a platter. This writer had thought it was constant cross a platter but, wouldn't you know it, it's not. The data recording technology can provide a uniformly dense layer of potential bits across a disk platter's surface but differing track lengths and radii, and head: …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2014