by Lyle Smith

WD Announces The New HGST Ultrastar 7K6 HDD

WD has announced HGST’s new Ultrastar 7K6 HDD, the company’s latest enterprise-class hard disk drive. The Ultrastar 7K6 is an air-based drive catered to the mid-range capacity enterprise segment and provides an array of system options and price points.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Introduces Multi Actuator Technology

Seagate Technology announced a way to potentially double its HDD performance while retaining the high capacity that they are known for, Multi Actuator Technology. This new technology is aimed at hyperscale data centers where price, performance, and capacity all need to be optimized. The technology can also help address other issues of expanding data and the need to store and analyze it.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Launches The Industry’s First 14TB CMR HDD

Today Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation launched the world’s first enterprise 14TB Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) HDD, the MG07ACA Series. In order to cram that much storage in the same standard 3.5” space, Toshiba is using helium and 9-disk design. This new drive will deliver the capacity and power-efficiency that customers such as cloud-scale and enterprise storage need while helping them hit their TCO objectives.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Updates Its SkyHawk Drive For AI-Based Surveillance

Seagate Technology announced a new HDD designed for artificial intelligence (AI) enabled video surveillance solutions, SkyHawk AI. The new HDD takes all of the proven technology of the SkyHawk HDD and increases its performance to provide, what the company refers to as, the ability to manage always-on, data-intensive workloads, while simultaneously analyzing and recording footage from multiple HD cameras.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Announces Seagate Secure Across Its Enterprise Datasphere Fleet

Seagate Technology launched a stringent collection of security features rolled out across the entirety of Seagate’s Enterprise Datasphere Fleet, Seagate Secure. This new set of features aims to keep all of the drives under the banner secure with specific feature sets. This will add even more security to the company’s proven technology. Seagate is also announcing its Exos line of high capacity enterprise HDDs.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Unveils Its Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording Technology

Today at its “Innovating to Fuel the Next Decade of Big Data” event in San Jose, California, Western Digital Corp. (WDC) unveiled a new innovation for ultra-high capacity hard disk drives (HDDs), microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) technology. The company demonstrated MAMR technology at its headquarters in Silicon Valley with the inventor of MAMR technology, Professor Jimmy Zhu from Carnegie Mellon University. The MAMR drives are designed to expand HDD capacity meeting the demands of Big Data. WD also showcased advancements in micro actuation and Damascene recording head technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Releases World’s First 14TB Enterprise HDD

Today Western Digital Corp. (WDC), under its HGST brand, released the world’s first enterprise 14TB HDD, Ultrastar Hs14. The Hs14 is designed for cloud and hyperscale data centers that need more density. The Hs14 is host-managed, and leverages shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology. Not only does the new Ultrastar drives deliver 40% more capacity, with its 14TB, WD states that it has more than twice the sequential write performance of its SMR predecessor.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba 10TB MG06 Series Enterprise Capacity HDD Line Announced

Toshiba has announced the new 10TB MG06 Series Enterprise Capacity HDD model line-up, a 25 percent capacity increase compared to prior generations. The new MG06 series allows models to be delivered at multiple capacity points meaning better capacity refresh qualification cycles for OEMs/ODMs infrastructure builders, cloud solution providers, and system integrators. Toshiba’s new line-up also refreshes the 6TB and 8TB capacities.

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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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