Storage firm Seagate has added a new high-capacity drive to its portfolio, unveiling a 10TB helium-filled enterprise hard disk drive aimed at meeting the burgeoning storage demands of private and public cloud infrastructure and data centres.
Shipping now to selected customers worldwide, the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD 10TB is the firm's first enterprise drive capable of storing 10TB, merging high capacity with the industry's lowest power and weight available in a 10TB drive, Seagate claimed.
The move follows Seagate's launch of an 8TB hard drive aimed at network attached storage appliances earlier this week, and comes just a month after rival Western Digital entered the market with a 10TB hard drive aimed at the enterprise market.
The Seagate and WD launches are effectively the first 10TB drives that are direct drop-in replacements for existing hard drives. WD subsidiary HGST launched what was claimed as the industry's first 10TB hard drive last year, but this used a technique known as shingled magnetic recording to achieve its high density, which required special software to access the drive.
The new Seagate drive has already been selected by many enterprise market leaders for its ability to address storage demands unlike any other technology in the industry, according to the company.
"Built on our years of research and development of sealed-drive technology, our new helium-based enterprise drive is designed precisely to help data-centric organisations worldwide solve the needs of their growing storage business," said Seagate senior vice president and chief technology officer Mark Re.
Helium-filled hard drives were introduced a few years ago. Helium is less dense than air, which reduces the turbulence caused by the spinning disks and cuts power consumption. An upshot is that it allows more disk platters to be fitted. Seagate's new drive features seven platters and 14 read/write heads.
The drive improves performance by using advanced caching algorithms, according to Seagate, as well as using the firm's PowerChoice technology to reduce the ongoing costs associated with power and cooling.
The Seagate Enterprise Capacity HDD is delivered as a standard 3.5in drive with a choice of 6Gbps Sata or 12Gbps SAS host interfaces.
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