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nitrene 2 posts  |  Last Activity: 9 hours ago Member since: May 9, 2002
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  • Why did management skyrocket their dividend payments 350% over 4 years? That seems very foolish. They should have just increased it like 10-20% per year. And how are they going to pay $195 million per quarter if they're only making $50-$100 million?

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Seagate - poised for failure in SSDs

    by semiconductorgenius May 29, 2016 12:39 AM

    I use a lot of Enterprise SSDs mainly for database queries I run. I can tell you that the best SATA III SSDs are by Intel and a distant second & third is Micron & Samsung. The best SAS SSDs by far is made by HGST and I'd say Toshiba is close second -- Samsung has very few SAS SSDs. I use these because they are cheap on the used market aka eBay.

    The future, however is in the NVMe flash drives which are dominated by Intel & HGST (based on old Virident technology). These NVMe drives have IOs that are 5-10 times as much as the old SATA SSDs. I think the HGST FlashMAX drive even does 3-4 Gb/sec reads.

    Anyway, Seagate's SSDs are indeed mediocre. They are expensive and have middling performance -- similar to the Micron SSDs which are mediocre as well. None of this matters right now since they can continue to sell Enterprise disc drives to the Cloud/Rack/NAS/SAN market but eventually it will matter when flash becomes cheap enough but that could be quite a while.

    Sentiment: Hold

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