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Seagate targets data centres with first 8TB hard disk drives

26 Aug 2014
Seagate claims the world's first 8TB hard drive

Seagate is claiming to be the first disk manufacturer to start shipping 8TB hard drives, which it said deliver supersized capacity, energy efficiency and the industry's lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for applications such as cloud content and object storage.

Details regarding the new 8TB drives are sparse, with Seagate giving away little other than that the devices come in a 3.5in form factor and support the industry standard Serial ATA (Sata) 6Gbps interface. The firm said it is shipping units to select customers now, with wider availability planned for the next quarter.

Seagate is touting the 8TB hard drive as a much-needed offering to address the increasing need for storage, particularly for internet service providers and web firms facing the expanding volumes of unstructured data such as photos and file uploads.

Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing, said: "As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high-capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centres."

By providing up to 8TB in a single 3.5in bay, the new drive delivers maximum rack density, within an existing footprint, for the most efficient data centre floor space usage possible, Seagate claimed.

The drives are fitted with enterprise-class reliability and support for archive workloads, according to the firm, with multi-drive RV tolerance for consistent enterprise-class performance in high-density environments.

However, specific performance and reliability characteristics for the new drives have not been disclosed, nor had pricing at the time of writing.

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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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