by Lyle Smith

WD Gold 12TB Model Now Available

Western Digital has announced the expansion of its WD Gold hard drive family with a new massive 12TB model. Designed to address demanding enterprise workloads, the 12TB WD Gold will provide a significant increase in storage density for a range of enterprise and cloud storage applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K v9 HDD Review

Seagate Technology has released yet another version of its 10,000 RPM, SAS, 2.5” Enterprise Performance HDD, this being its ninth. Much like the pervious versions, the latest is geared more for write-intensive applications. One major change is that the drive now has upward capacity of 2.4TB (the previous generation topped out at 1.8TB). While this isn’t nearly as high as one would see in a 3.5” drive, it is still a lot of capacity that can be put into a small footprint. Seagate offers a FIPS 140-2 model and a SED model in the smaller capacities.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New 15K, 900GB HDD

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced a new series of 15K RPM, 2.5” hard disk drives (HDDs), the AL14SX series. This new drive is designed for mission critical servers and storage. The AL14SX replaces the AL13SX with better performance and power efficiencies as well as a 50% increase in capacity, now up to 900GB.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Launches 2.4TB Enterprise Performance 10K 2.5-inch HDD

Seagate has announced the launch of their 2.4TB Enterprise Performance 10K 2.5-inch HDD, touting both market-best performance and capacity for 10K 2.5-inch drives. This budget-friendly drive is based on Seagate’s 9th-generation enterprise firmware (successor to the 8th generation) and is specifically designed for Database and transaction processing, VDI, file and print serving and similar workloads. Seagate also claims that it well-suited for mission-critical servers and external storage arrays, power- and space-constrained data centers, green IT and drive-retirement cost reduction initiatives, compliance and data security initiatives and for data center migrations from 3.5-inch drive systems to next-generation technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces 8TB HDD For Enterprise

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced that it is now shipping in volume its highest capacity HDD to date, the MG05ACA800. New to the MG series of HDDs, the MG05ACA800 has increased its capacity by 33%, or from 6TB to 8TB, from the previous MG04ACA model. The new 8TB HDD is a SATA 6.0Gbit/s drive that Toshiba claims to have a 12% increase in sustained transfer rate performance over the previous model.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Bumps Up The Capacity Of The WD Purple To 10TB

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) announced that it had taken its surveillance drives, the WD Purple, and bumped the maximum capacity up to 10TB. Aside from the capacity boost, the WD Purple supports up to 64 high-definition cameras, always-on 24x7 video surveillance systems, and is now 4K ready.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Launches 12TB Enterprise HDD

Today at the OCP Summit 2017, Seagate Technology announced it plans to start volume shipping its new 12TB helium enterprise drives for production availability in the June quarter of 2017. The new 12TB drive, Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD, is designed to address the ability to locate and organize the increasing amount of unstructured data and make it available quickly and reliably for customers. This is a critical issues for hyperscale customers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K HDD v6 Review

The Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K is a 2.5” SAS HDD, Seagate’s sixth generation of the 15K drive. This time around Seagate has made a drive with up to 900GB of capacity and a 50% increase in performance over the previous generation. The drive is designed to meet the performance demands of several applications while having a small physical footprint and a lower total cost of ownership versus other high-performance options.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Gold HDD Review (8TB)

The WD Gold hard drive is designed for a wide range of demanding use cases, including small- to medium-scale enterprise servers/storage and rack-mount datacenter servers/storage enclosures. Announced back in April of this year, the WD Gold can handle up to 550TB in workloads per year with an MTBF of 2.5 million hours. The WD Gold also leverages HelioSeal helium-technology, which allows the HDD to increase performance, capacity per square foot, power efficiency and low power consumption needed to effectively operate in datacenter environments of all sizes.

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by Adam Armstrong

HGST Ultrastar He10 10TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review

Data volume, especially Big Data, continues to grow at amazing rates, however, IT budgets are not growing at the same rate. Organizations are looking to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) to help them tackle the growing data volume. HGST’s latest helium drive, He10, is an effective tool companies can use to do just that. The He10 is a 10TB HDD that utilizes PMR technology and HGST’s proven HelioSeal technology. This new HDD is designed to deliver capacity, efficiency, reliability, and reduced power usage to the data center.

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