Seagate Launches New Storage Solutions in the Philippines

On July 18, Seagate Philippines went to Davao City to formally introduce their newest and upcoming storage solutions that will cater to all the walks of life in the digital space who are in need of a reliable, easy to use and powerful extra storage devices. I was lucky to be one of the invited guests to be part of this event.

Seagate is a world leader in data storage solutions providing services not just to consumers around the world but also to tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft to name a few. They have been in the business for 40 years now. The company estimates that the "global datasphere" will balloon from 33 zettabytes this year to a whopping 175 zettabytes by the year 2025 as more and more users adapt to digital lifestyles. How big is a zettabyte? One zettabyte is equivalent to ONE TRILLION GIGABYTES. And that nearly 30% of the global data will need real-time processing and this the future that Seagate has been preparing for by continuously innovating their products both in the enterprise and consumer industry. Speaking of the consumers, their latest portfolio includes external hard drives that are super easy-to-use, install and look stylish and sleek, as well as more dedicated SSD storages for personal, professional, gaming use and more.

Going back to the products that Seagate just launched, this year's theme is called "Level Up" encouraging us to level up our data storing, accessing, and managing lifestyles. These new products include new BackUp Plus series for external hard drives and new SSD products for our laptops and desktop computers,  maximizing the speed and power of our machines are capable of providing whether it's for business and professional needs or hardcore gaming.

BackUp Plus UltraTouch

The BackUp Plus UltraTouch offers more aesthetics, and "touch" thanks to its woven fabric texture that dominates its outer shell. Apart from its stylish design language, there are a lot to be excited about this product. One of those is the 2-year Data Recovery Services that comes with each purchase of this external storage device. Data recovery service is very useful in case the hard drive and the files within get corrupted, users can take advantage of this Seagate's home-grown service. Also, it will come with free 2-month subscription to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, plus a 1-year subscription to Mylio Create.

In terms of compatibility, one does not have to worry since it can be used to both Windows and Mac computers. The Seagate BackUp Plus UltraTouch will be available in 1TB and 2TB storage capacities.

Functionality-wise, there are a lot to be liked about the BackUp Plus UltraTouch. I personally liked the Password Protection feature where I can setup a dedicated password for this external drive. So in case I lose this or someone steals it, no one won't be able to access the files inside unless they know what the password is.

Also, there is the premium sub-brand LaCie Mobile Drive. Sporting diamond-cut and minimalist design in an aluminum casing and designed to perfectly complement a user's MacBook's stylish looks. It comes with up to 5TB capacity.

BackUp Plus Slim and BackUp Plus Portable

Next in line are the BackUp Plus Slim and BackUp Plus Portable sporting aluminum brush finish designs. Perfect for on-the-go storage solutions. The Slim model will be released in 1TB and 2TB options while the Portable variant in 4TB and 5TB sizes. In terms of design and functionality, they are pretty much the same. Only the Slim model is much thinner in profile due to storage size but apart from that, the rest are the same including the free bundles and warranty services similar to the UltraTouch offering.

Solid-State Drive or SSD

Besides external hard drives, Seagate Philippines also introduced SSDs for PCs and ultra-thin notebooks. SSDs are specialized storage solutions that are more powerful and efficient than HDDs speeding up a machine's performance even further. At the event, Seagate launched the FireCuda 510 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD dedicated for heavy gaming needs, the BarraCuda 510 PCIe NVMe SSD for multitaskers and high-performance users, and the IronWolf 110 SSD the world's first purpose-built SSD for NAS setup.

FireCuda 510

The FireCuda 510 SSD was built with professional-level gamers in mind - both eSports professional gamers or streamers alike. Comes in 1TB and 2TB options. It provides the fastest PC gaming storage speeds enabling gamers to spend less time in respawning, loading levels and maps, and experience less stutter exploring open-world games thanks to its 3,450/3,200MB sequential read/write power. Furthermore, its 4K video processing and high IOPS performance allow heavy gamers to run multiple video streams and programs all at the same time without any hiccups.

BarraCuda 510

Of course speed requirement is not only demanded in the gaming world, even professionals and content creators need the fastest speed their computers and notebooks can provide and this is where the BarraCuda 510 comes into the scene. Its small form factor is just perfect for ultra-thin laptops, mini-PCs and desktops. The BarraCuda 510 SSD provides a speed of PCIe NVMe up to six times faster than SATA SSD.

Both the FireCuda 510 and BarraCuda 510 feature Seagate's SeaTools SSD GUI dashboard for easy data management. And both come with a 5-year limited warranty.

IronWolf 110 SSD

Last but not the least is the IronWolf 110 the world's first SSD built for Network Attached Storage (NAS) system. Built with enterprise-level endurance and reliability and offers 24/7 always-on work ethic, the IronWolf 110 SSD will be available with up to 3.84TB storage size. Seagate's Durawrite technology accelerates read and write functionalities allowing all connected devices to experience seamless access, backup, and share files across the network. Like other Seagate's newest products, this also comes with a 5-year warranty and 2-year data recovery service.

At the event, Seagate set up an experiential zone where high-powered gaming desktops are in place with the FireCuda 510 and BarraCuda 510 SSDs embedded inside providing us real-scenario experience on how much speed these SSDs add to the computer's already powerful performance.

It was an awesome event and experience actually. Most especially for someone like me who only have limited knowledge about these new technologies. After that event, I learned a ton of things about storing, backing up, and managing data and most of all about these SSD storage solutions and what they currently bring to the table for us.
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