Seagate Ironwolf NAS SSD

Seagate Ironwolf 110 SSD for NAS – Gimmick or Genius?

When I first heard that Seagate was a developing a range of solid-state drives (SSD) to be used in NAS servers, I have to admit I was a little dubious. Although hard drive technology has advanced in some incredible tailored ways to best suit the end users (with NAS dedicated, surveillance dedicated and desktop dedicated models), commercially available solid state drives are very, very similar indeed in the and I find it hard to see how you can differentiate one commercial SSD drive from another, let alone class one as optimised for network attached storage devices. NAS hard drives are ideal for servers because they are optimised for 24/7 use, RAID configurations, power efficiency and sporadic read and write access. However most of these factors can be applied to almost all solid state drives and therefore on the face of it, it seems that a NAS based SSD is rather unnecessary.

March 2019 Update:

The NASCompares Reviews are in, check out what I thought of the Seagate 110 NAS SSD Below:

Seagate Ironwolf 110 NAS SSD Review

What makes a NAS SSD different from a normal SSD?

However, if we take a closer look at the field of network attached storage, we can see that in fact more and more NAS users are switching to solid state drive storage. This is thanks, in part, to the rise of 10-gigabit ethernet (10Gbe)becoming more affordable, as well as photo and video editors using NAS as a means to edit large files. These two factors have resulted in a combined need for much much faster internal storage in NAS and till now have largely relied on SSD drives from WD, SanDisk and Seagate to populate their NAS. However these commercial SSDs lack certain software and support features only found in NAS drives and in an effort to combine the features and functionality of hard drives and SSD for NAS, Seagate has introduced their Ironwolf 110 NAS SSD,. The full specifications are available at the bottom of this page, but for now, let’s talk about the NAS based highlights:

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Seagate Ironwolf 110 NAS SSD are Available in 240GB to 3.83TB Size

Although SSD are available in these sizes already, you often have to switch to more enterprise-class drives (more expensive) to exceed 2TB per SSD. I am pleased to confirm that the Seagate Ironwolf 110 NAS SSDs will be available in 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB and 3.84TB at affordable prices straight away.

Seagate Ironwolf 110 NAS SSD arrive with Rescue and Recovery Service for 2 Years

Much like the Seagate Ironwolf Pro series, every SSD in the Ironwolf 110 range will arrive with the Rescue+ Recovery service that will help you retrieve data from a dead/malfunctioning drive. Data recovery alone is vastly expensive and I am glad to see this feature included. Of course, SSD is typically more reliable in terms of hardware than HDD (far less mechanical parts) but its still a nice service to have at hand when needed – nothing is perfect!

Seagate Ironwolf 110 NAS SSD feature Ironwolf Health Management (awaiting confirmation)

Another Seagate Ironwolf exclusive is the Seagate Health Management system. This is built into the SSD firmware and means that you can access more tailored health and scanning tools to check on the status of your SSD. This is something taht is included with the bulk of the Seagate Ironwolf HDD range and is great to see featured on the Ironwolf 110 NAS SSD. Though we are still awaiting the full extent of the coverage, as sometimes new drives from Seagate do not include this tool until the drive has been available for a while. We will wait and see!

Seagate Ironwolf 110 NAS SSD Include a 5 Year Warranty

Not hugely unique in SSD, in fact, many commercially available SSD arrive with 5 years of manufacturers warranty, but in a NAS that features a mixture of SSD and SSD, it can be of great benefit to have drives of the same brand/model. Whether it is easier warranty handling or better bulk purchasing, I like that Seagate has gone straight in at 5 years, and not the 3/5 mix that WD provides with their WD Green/Blue drives.

Here is a little from the official press release:

 

Seagate IronWolf 110 SSD is built for NAS with capacities from 240 GB, through to 3.84 TB. Each drive includes AgileArray firmware (so WD have NASware 3.0 and Seagate have AgileArray) to keep your NAS enclosure maximised for demanding 24×7 and multi-user environments, and can be used in an all-flash array or in a NAS capable of tiered caching, such as the QNAP TVS-951X, TVS-1282 and Synology DS3617xs.

IronWolf 110 SSD is an enterprise-class drive equipped with DuraWrite technology, allowing for increased performance and reliability. This helps to achieve high and consistent performance in All-Flash NAS arrays

In such All-flash array systems (such as the Synology FS3017) can be fully utilised with sustained data rates up to 560 MB/s, which means your NAS will hit those overall max read and writes, as manufacturers promise. If you are a creative professional who urgently needs assets for editing or works in a high workload multi-user environment, IronWolf 110 SSD performance is there when you need it. The IronWolf portfolio includes both hard drives and solid state drives for NAS systems. This allows you to integrate IronWolf 110 SSD for caching capabilities on compatible NAS, such as the QNAP TVS-951X, or for pure performance in AFAs.

Seagate Ironwolf 110 NAS SSD Specifications

The official specifications of the Seagate Ironwolf NAS SSD are available below and unsurprisingly are all pretty impressive, detailing all of those lovely tech specs that you IT fans want to know before taking the plunge and populating your drive fully or partially with these NAS SSDs.

Seagate even goes to good lengths to compare these NAS SSD with their own range of NAS hard drives, which is a little daft in the grand scheme of things, but still nice that they are comparing each of these drives within their own range nevertheless.

 

Seagate Ironwolf 110 NAS SSD – Good or Bad?

I am going to reserve any real judgement on these drives until they are fully released and available, as until we are able to compare them in terms of speed and reliability against the current popular NAS market SSD of choice, Samsung Evo and Samsung Pro, I think all that we know right now is marketing blurb and  Seagate rhetoric. If these drives arrive with the Seagate health management and rescue recovery service that the ironwolf Pro series features, then these two factors may be more than enough to swing many buyers to choose them. Plus of course, if you are fully populating a NAS with both hard drives and SSD, there are certainly warranty and saving advantages that will become available to you from most storage retailers. I will be updating you all with speed tests and comparisons in the next few weeks and look forward to sharing my final verdict. In the meantime, use the links below to each capacity Ironwolf 110 NAS SSD to get up to date information regarding specifications, availability, prices and more from SPAN.

Don’t forget to check the compatibility of the Seagate Ironwolf NAS SSD range with your NAS drive in advance. Use this NAS-System Compatibility list to check that it suits your system first – https://www.seagate.com/gb/en/internal-hard-drives/ssd/ironwolf-nas-ssd/#compatibility

ZA3840NM10001 – IronWolf SSD 110 3.84 TB

ZA1920NM10001 – IronWolf SSD 110 1.92 TB

ZA960NM10001 – IronWolf SSD 110 960 GB

ZA480NM10001 – IronWolf SSD 110 480 GB

ZA240NM10001 – IronWolf SSD 110 240 GB

Key Specifications

2.5” Form Factor
SATA Connection
5 Year Warranty
3.8 TB, 1.9 TB, 960 GB, 480 GB, 240 GB
2Mhr. MTBF
3D TLC NAND Type
The Right Drive for NAS



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