Seagate admits its latest toy is not ready for enterprise

While the rest of us have a snooze at the mention of storage, it turns out that some people in the industry got quiet excited about the release of Seagate’s new Momentus XT which we reported on here.

The Momentus is a 7200 RPM, 2.5 inch hard drive that boasts up to 500GB of storage plus a 4GB solid-state disk (SSD) to boost performance.The Momentus has “Adaptive Memory” that analyses your most-used data and places it on the SSD.

Seagate has been telling the world+dog that hybrid drives are the best thing since sliced wafers and will bring about peace in our time or at the very least a tierless storage implementation. Since most storage involves tears, if only tears of boredom, we thought the Momentus would be packed off to the data centre where it would be quietly celebrated by the denizens that exist there swinging from the server racks and playing Counterstrike.

Not so fast storage boy: apparently Seagate says it is not ready for that yet. While Seagate says the drive is ideal for use in “fast external enclosures,” David Seesdorf, its Director of Seagate Notebook Product Line Management has ruled it out for enterprise users.

“Momentus XT is not designed for use in data centre storage arrays or as an alternative to Savvio, Seagate’s 2.5-inch enterprise drive.”

Apparently it does not offer the rotational vibration tolerances, power mitigation capabilities or reliability rating required for the transactionally intensive, 24×7 operation of enterprise storage arrays. Sheesh, and we hoped it would just be because the colour was wrong.