Seagate has unveiled an 8TB hard drive aimed at network attached storage (NAS) devices, which the firm claims as the largest available on the market.
It said the devices are aimed at addressing the growing data storage challenges for small to medium-sized businesses and creative professionals.
Available now, the Seagate NAS HDD 8TB is described as the largest capacity NAS-optimised drive on the market, enabling users of NAS appliances to cram in more storage than would otherwise be possible.
This means that customers such as small businesses will require fewer drives and fewer expensive enclosures to meet data storage needs.
Seagate was the first to market with 8TB hard drives in 2014, and the new models seem to be based on the same technology, coming in a 3.5in form factor with a Serial ATA 6Gbps interface, but optimised for a diverse set of NAS use cases including backup and disaster recovery, print and file servers, multimedia storage, archiving and file sharing.
The new NAS HDD is available in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB and 8TB capacities, with a 180TB per year workload rate limit and a mean time between failures of one million hours. However, Seagate is backing the drive with a three-year limited warranty and is also offering an optional Rescue Data Recovery service to protect against potential data loss.
Seagate said that several NAS appliance makers have qualified the NAS HDD 8TB for compatibility with many of their products, including Asustor, Qnap, Synology and Thecus.
"NAS solutions are rapidly becoming the storage medium of choice for organisations with limited IT resources that need a quick and easy solution to manage their data. The new Seagate 8TB drives will give our customers incredible capacity to handle the huge volumes of data their users are creating and sharing," said Synology product manager Chad Chiang.
Estimated street pricing for the NAS HDD 8TB is £319, according to Seagate.
Users are told that their non-existent 'iPhoneID' is expiring soon
Expansion of SDK intended to expand Amazon Alexa ecosystem
Locky returns from a prolonged rest with two new variants
AMD lambasted over Radeon RX Vega pricing that will add an extra £100 to RX Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards
Company accused of failing to tell anyone that the launch prices were only introductory offers