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Seagate demonstrates its new Kinetic disk drive at the OpenStack summit

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November 3, 2014

Seagate said earlier this morning that it's currently demonstrating its new Kinetic disk drives at the OpenStack summit in Paris.

Seagate says it has a rather broad support for its proprietary, single-source technology.

To be sure, Kinetic is new disk drive technology that is directly addressed over Ethernet using Get and Put-style object storage commands using an open source API.

The concept is that applications can directly use banks of these drives without having to go through complex filesystem software stacks or block access protocols and storage array controllers, making the whole process about 15 to 18 percent faster.

Seagate marketing vice president Scott Horn claims that cloud service providers can simplify infrastructure, improve scalability and reduce costs by using Kinetic drives.

Seagate says its new drive is getting support from various respectable businesses like AOL, Digital Sense and HP.

AOL's chief architect for storage operations, Dan Pollack, provided a quote for Seagate, saying the new drive "will help AOL improve data centre efficiency by reducing the number of servers required to store data for modern enterprise applications" and will improve total cost of ownership "when storing the enormous data sets required by those applications, while simplifying management and reducing the effort required to operate reliable data storage systems".

Michael Tran, Digital Sense's CTO, provided a quote as well-- "We are seeing up to a 75 percent reduction in costs as compared to our current storage systems."

You can see the new drives at booths D-11 and E-48 at the Palais des Congres in Paris this week until Friday.

Source: Seagate.

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