Seagate launches 8TB enterprise hard drives

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Seagate Bumps Up the Capacity To 8TB On Several Drives.

CUPERTINO, Calif., Sep 01, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Seagate Technology plc STX, +1.42% a world leader in storage solutions, today unveiled its new portfolio of 8TB high capacity drives – the Seagate® Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD, Seagate® Enterprise NAS HDD and Seagate® Kinetic HDD. The three 8TB disks use ninth generation perpendicular magnetic recording, and represent a 33.3 per cent capacity uplift on the existing 6TB technology that Seagate uses in its 3.5-inch disk drives.

The new drives provide small- and medium-sized businesses and large enterprises with the world’s highest capacity, most reliable, and highest performance storage solutions available, all optimized to match the unique storage requirements for each market segment. “Customers today need storage solutions to support a diverse, and sometimes very specialized, set of applications and workload requirements,” said Scott Horn, vice president of marketing at Seagate. “In designing our products, we look closely at the type of data being stored, performance needs, power requirements, environmental operating conditions, network topologies, uptime demand and more, to ensure our customers receive the right storage technology for the job. This achievement is significant because in final product form it will give OEMs freedom to design a new generation of elegant mobile products that are extremely thin and stylish, light-weight, fast, power-efficient and cost-effective. “In an industry first, our engineers have been able to boost areal density to 1TB per platter in a 2.5-inch form factor, which will give OEMs the flexibility to design and build virtually any kind of mobile device they can envision, with plenty of storage to boot,” said Mark Re, Seagate’s chief technology officer. “Combining new mechanical firmware architectures, with state of the art heads, media and electronic design, this technology is a real game changer- providing four times more capacity than a 0.25TB SSD at a substantially lower cost.” Featuring cutting-edge storage technology, the new drive technology is the first to incorporate recording-subsystem components—head, media, preamp, channel—to achieve even greater areal densities, well ahead of competitive offerings. This thoughtful approach has enabled us to deliver the most compelling 8TB portfolio available in the industry.” Within the cloud and traditional enterprise markets, businesses need high capacity and extremely reliable data storage solutions. Its advanced, high-spatial efficiency mechanics deliver lightweight, low acoustics and strong mechanical robustness capable of new levels of drive stability even when subject to intense shock and vibrations. Increasing the capacity of these drives gives businesses of all sizes the ability to increase capacity and potentially decrease footprint while giving them the same performance and reliability they’ve come to expect from Seagate.

We’ll note that HGST has an existing 8TB drive, the He8, and also the shingled 10TB He10, each with 7 platters inside their low-friction helium-filled enclosure. Both Toshiba and Western Digital’s (WD’s) 3.5-inch drive product ranges top out at 6TB. (Actually WD has a 6.3TB Ae archive drive, but what’s 0.3TB between friends.) The 8TB Kinetic drive, a direct-addressed, object-storing drive, comes in 4TB or 8TB versions. Smaller drives free up valuable space in a mobile device to accommodate additional designed-in features, such as bigger batteries, more memory and better air circulation.

With up to 2TB of space, the drive can also enable affordable high capacity storage— storing more than 500,000 songs, 320,000 photos, 240 hours of high definition video or 26 hours of 4K ultra-high definition content. “The notebook PC continues to be an important productivity tool, especially for content creators who are producing an enormous volume of data,” said John Rydning, IDC’s research vice president for hard disk drives. “Seagate’s new ultra-mobile HDD technology is ground breaking for Seagate and the HDD industry, making it possible for notebook PC users to have generous storage capacity in a thin and light PC.” While the new areal density milestone was achieved in a traditional HDD format, Seagate is also examining a hybrid format as well. While that might make it sound like the performance might be throttled back, Seagate notes that these new drives perform 100% faster with random transfers than the previous generation.

A Hybrid version would combine NAND flash with Seagate’s proprietary learning algorithms, to deliver supreme performance and a richer consumer experience at a much lower cost than comparable solid state drives. Combined with the Kinetic Open Storage platform, this storage solution can change the TCO equation. “I am impressed by the disk capacity increase achieved by Seagate,” said Dirk Duellmann, deputy leader of the data and storage services group in the IT department at CERN. “As part of our collaboration through CERN openlab, we are aiming to demonstrate with Seagate the expected TCO and scalability benefits of Kinetic drives. These tests are being performed within the 100PB-scale storage setups that CERN deploys for the Large Hadron Collider.” The platform reduces TCO by redefining and greatly simplifying storage architectures for today’s use-case scenarios.

By combining an open source object storage protocol with Ethernet connectivity, Kinetic HDD eliminates multiple layers of legacy hardware and software infrastructure with a simple Key/Value interface. This in turn eliminates or dramatically reduces the need for traditional storage servers reducing capital equipment costs, power consumption and human expenses associated with managing storage for a total savings of up to 70 percent. Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Seagate logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in t he United States and/or other countries. In a conference call with the press, Seagate product marketing manager Joni Clark said that by 2020, the world will need 44 zettabytes (ZB) of data will be created, and 13 ZB will need to be stored. Only about 6.5 ZB will be available to handle that capacity, Clark said. “That’s a huge amount, and most of that data will live in the cloud,” Clark said. “We can’t build enough storage capacity to store 13 zettabytes.” Seagate has shipped 2.4 billion drives to date, or 17 percent more than its nearest competitor, according to STX market research.

As a result, performance is enhanced by eliminating storage server bottlenecks due to direct IP addressing each drive, which improves system level throughput. This is an open-source VM storage router for virtual machines, a software layer installed on a host or cluster of hosts on which virtual machines are running. A Google cached webpage states, “These VM storage routers (VSRs) operate like a grid leveraging local flash memory or SSDs and any storage back-end (S3 compatible object store, (distributed) filesystem, NAS) to provide an extremely high-performance and reliable storage system as compared to buying expensive SANs or NAS for VM storage.” The 8TB NAS spinner rotates faster, at 7,200rpm, and is for mid-range NAS, server and scale-out cloud-storage in 1 – 16-bay enclosures. The company thinks that helium-filled drives cost more to make than air-filled drives and it won’t suffer profit and revenue-wise through not having them in its portfolio this year. We think that its engineers are working on Seagate’s own helium-filling technology though, as this enables high capacity through adding a platter and the disk drive future is a capacity-focused one.

It must be a racing certainty that WD will use HGST’s helium-drive technology once China’s MOFCOM gives the go-ahead to its operational merger with HGST. ®

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