Seagate and Micron Team for Enterprise Flash Storage

By Pedro Hernandez

Hard drive manufacturer Seagate and flash chip maker Micron have formed a strategic alliance to help the companies address the growing market for enterprise-grade flash storage solutions.

Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will work together on next-generation storage solutions. But first things first: obtaining a steady supply of NAND flash chips and solid-state drives (SSDs).

Phil Brace, executive vice president of Seagate Electronics Solutions, said in a statement that the deal "enables Seagate to secure a strategic supply of NAND flash memory and enables collaboration on future products and technologies. Our companies are leaders in the storage industry, and in working together we build on that success."

According to the companies, they will work on "enterprise storage solutions featuring Micron NAND flash memory."

Since late 2009 with the introduction of its Pulsar SSDs, Seagate has been making steady inroads in the enterprise flash storage market. Last September, the company launched two new Nytro PCIe flash cards – a consequence of last year's acquisition of LSI's flash division – including the XP6209, which tops out at a whopping 1.86 terabytes (TB).

For Micron, the deal gives the company firmer footing as it seeks to capture a bigger slice of corporate IT budgets.

In 2013, the company targeted big data workloads with the release of its high-endurance P400m SSD. "The growth in Big Data is placing tremendous pressure on IT administrators. Users require fast, on-demand access to data. This means data centers must deliver more data, faster than ever before — in an environment that has zero tolerance for data loss," stated Micron's Ed Doller, VP and general manager of Enterprise SSD division, at the time.

"The relationship provides Micron access to enterprise drive technology and platforms, expanding our portfolio and accelerating our push into the enterprise market segment," said Darren Thomas, vice president of Storage for Micron, in prepared remarks.

Two major storage vendors have already signaled their approval.

EMC's Mike Kerouac, president of Global Product Operations, said in a statement that his company is looking forward to the benefits of this Micron and Seagate collaboration in future NAND flash-based storage technologies." Meanwhile, Trevor Schick, senior vice president of Enterprise Group Global Supply Chain at HP, stated that the "agreement between Micron and Seagate promises to deliver new and innovative flash-based storage solutions."

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on February 13, 2015