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Seagate Announces New Storage Platform with New Exos AP Enterprise Data Storage System Controller

Managing massive datasets is excessively complex and costly. Today, Seagate Technology Holdings haS announced the new Exos Application Platform (AP) with a new controller featuring 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors. The efficient, scalable, affordable end-to-end compute and storage platform delivers integrated compute and storage in a single enclosure optimizing rack space utilization, power efficiency, heat dissipation, and storage density.

The need for advanced storage solutions continues to rise to unprecedented levels with the ever-increasing growth in data generation. According to a report commissioned by Seagate and conducted by the research firm IDC, Rethink Data, enterprise data is expected to grow at an average rate of 42.2% over the next two years. The survey, which was conducted by IDC, also found that only 32% of data available to enterprises is put to work. The remaining 68% is unleveraged.

“Data is often discarded because the cost of keeping it is immediate, despite significant potential future payoffs,” said Ken Claffey, Senior Vice President, Systems at Seagate. “The new Exos AP with AMD EPYC processors can help IT professionals build a cost-effective data management strategy that intelligently captures, stores, and analyzes data today and leverages it in the future to drive success.”

Exos AP options with the all-new AP-BV-1 controller, offer exceptional compute and storage performance in a single chassis. With dual AMD EPYC processor-based controllers, the system delivers high availability or controller partitioning, with the flexibility of a common controller slot allowing connection to additional EXOS E SAS expansion units in matched chassis.  The architecture is perfectly balanced for current and future CPUs and drives capacities.

“We are excited that Seagate picked AMD EPYC processors to power new Exos AP solution,” said Rajneesh Gaur, corporate vice president, and general manager, Embedded Business Unit, AMD. “Combining the processors’ high performance and formidable I/O connectivity capabilities and Seagate’s industry-leading mass data expertise creates a solution that delivers flexibility and performance while helping enterprises customers improve TCO.”

AMD EPYC processors offer a combination of features to help support the need for advanced storage solutions. In the Exos AP Enterprise Data Storage System Controller, AMD EPYC processors offer core counts of 8, 12, or 16 for varying levels of performance. The processors also provide the solution with dedicated PCIe® 4 lanes that deliver 200GbE network connectivity, and high bandwidth to SAS controller for faster HDD and SSD response. Finally, the Exos AP system supports 25GbE on the motherboard providing base I/O which is often an added cost on other competitor platforms.

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