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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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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