Seagate Unveils New Exos X Storage Arrays with Self-Healing Technology

Seagate booth

The most recent version of Seagate’s Exos X systems has been introduced, their advanced storage arrays powered by the company’s sixth generation controller architecture. The performance of the new Exos X systems would be up to twice as fast as those of the previous generation, and their durability would be improved.

Exos X systems combine Seagate’s advanced self-healing storage technology ADR (Autonomous Drive Regeneration) with ADAPT (Advanced Distributed Autonomic Protection Technology) erasure coding solution to assist safeguard the stored data.

Ken Claffey, SVP, Systems at Seagate
“Featuring the new controller engineered and built by Seagate, the new Exos X systems can achieve a new level of RAID array availability, reliability, and performance,” said Ken Claffey, SVP, Systems at Seagate.

For optimal data resilience, availability, and speed, the Exos X line of rack-mounted block storage enclosures aggregate and virtualize dozens to hundreds of hard drives and SSDs. Seagate’s Exos X systems would be great for both traditional company data centers and private clouds as highly accessible enterprise storage infrastructure.

“We are delighted with the introduction of Seagate’s new RAID controller that delivers high performance and cost-effective system solutions,” said Dorin Vanderjack, Vice President and General Manager, Intel U.S. OEM & Strategic Account Sales. “At this time of unprecedented data growth, integrating Intel Xeon D Processors with Seagate’s enhanced ASIC-based architecture improves customers’ total cost of ownership and helps drive greater business value from their hardware and from their data.”

RAID Array Performance

Seagate’s ADAPT erasure encoding technique, which lowers data redundancy overhead and speeds recovery time with quick system rebuilds, is built into the Exos X storage arrays. Without the need for a manual exchange, ADR can continually monitor, diagnose, and automatically rebuild the drives when used in conjunction with ADAPT. This would enable data centers to minimize handling of physical drives, human interaction, and electronic trash.

The new VelosCT controller would also offer improved performance, with sequential read and write rates of up to 12GB/s and 725,000 IOPS (I/O per second) at 1ms latency, respectively. In a wide range of high workload, always-on situations, data centers might benefit from the “hyperscale-class efficiency, easy frictionless deployment, and simplified data management.”

“Leveraging Seagate’s unique vertical integration that spans from silicon device design and manufacturing to services, we bring new levels of innovation and value to the enterprise storage systems market,” said Ken Claffey, Senior Vice President, Systems at Seagate. “Featuring the new controller engineered and built by Seagate, the new Exos X systems can achieve a new level of RAID array availability, reliability, and performance for better efficiency while significantly reducing administrative burden. Exos X systems will help our data center customers form a future-proof data management strategy.”

Additionally, the Redfish and Swordfish open standard management protocols are supported by the Exos X systems.

Through authorized Seagate distributors, the new VelosCT ASIC controllers are now available in the Exos X 2U12, 2U24, and 5U84 high-density enclosures.