by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Bumps Up the Capacity To 8TB On Several Drives

Today Seagate Technology announced that it was releasing a higher capacity version of several of its drives. The drives will now top out at 8TB and this new capacity will be available for the Enterprise Capacity 3.5”Enterprise NAS, and Kinetic HDD. Increasing the capacity of these drives gives businesses of all sizes the ability to increase capacity and potentially decrease footprint while giving them the same performance and reliability they’ve come to expect from Seagate.

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by Adam Armstrong

Industry Leaders Seagate, Toshiba, And WD Come Together To Work On Kinetic Open Storage Project

The Linux Foundation announced its new effort to define and promote open source software and standards for cloud object storage technologies, the Kinetic Open Storage Project. This project brings together several industry leaders including Cisco, Cleversafe, Dell, Digital Sense, Huawei, NetApp, Open vStorage, Red Hat, Scality, Seagate, SwiftStack, Toshiba and Western Digital.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba MC04 Enterprise HDD 6TB Model Announced

Toshiba has announced a new high-capacity 6TB addition to their MC04 Series, which was launched back in May of last year. The MC04 6TB model enterprise HDD is designed for bulk storage systems and servers that support cloud-based applications and scale-out workloads. Using a 3.5-inch form factor, the MC04 Series offers 7,200 RPM to support service levels for high performance cloud-based applications and storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Demonstrates HAMR HDDs at InterMag

At the IEEE International Magnetics Conference (InterMag) this year, Seagate Technology discussed and demonstrated some of the new storage technologies that they have been working on such as heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) and bit-patterned media (BPM) technologies. InterMag was held in China for the first time in its 52-year history, China accounts for a growing portion of the world's hard drive sales. Along with Seagate there were several other major vendors present including Intel, TDK, Showa Denko, Samsung, Fujitsu, IBM, and Toshiba.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 2TB 2.5” HDD Review

The Seagate Enterprise Capacity HDD v3 is a 2.5” drive is Seagate’s third generation of Enterprise Capacity drives, this time with the highest capacity currently available for 2.5” HDDs at 2TB (Toshiba has a 3TB 2.5” HDD but it is not currently available). The drive also comes in 1TB, 500GB and 250GB capacities. The drive is available in either 12Gb/s SAS or 6Gb/s SATA. And for users looking for an extra secure solution, the Seagate Enterprise Capacity HDDs come in Self Encrypting Models (SED) with Secure Erase technology and come in a government-grade SED FIPS 140-2 models. 

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by Brian Beeler

HGST Launches 10TB HDD for Archive Applications

HGST has launched a new 10TB enterprise hard drive that leverages both their helium sealed-drive technology and shingled magnetic recording (SMR) to deliver a new storage solution designed specifically for active archive applications. The HGST Ultrastar Ha10 SMR HDD, as it's called, leverages host-managed SMR which enables the deepest of integrations with solutions providers who control their own software stack. While generally limited to the largest of data centers today, applications that can support large capacity SMR drives are certainly on the rise and should see more widespread adoption as the need to store larger data sets continues to accelerate. SMR has benefits in use cases where data is sequentially written but randomly. HGST is targeting social media, cloud storage, online backup, life sciences as well as media and entertainment with the Ultrastar Ha10.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD Review

The 8th generation Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K 2.5" HDD allows data centers to keep up with the rapid growth in data all the while offering low power consumption. The 10k.8 drives are optimized for write-intensive applications such as mission-critical servers, external storage arrays and power- and space-constrained data centers as well as with enterprises with compliance or data security initiatives or those looking to migrate from a 3.5-inch drive form factor system to the 2.5inch next-gen technology. In addition, Seagate offers a TurboBoost model, which helps to accelerate I/O operations and to optimize response times in order to complete additional transactions at a faster rate. The Seagate Performance 10K.8 comes in capacities up to 1.8TB, and while it is more than the previous 10k.7 version and triple the storage pool of the 15K version, it still is much lower than most other enterprise drives out there. That being said, the Seagate Enterprise Performance line of HDDs certainly offers higher performance than the company's previously released hybrid drives. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD with TurboBoost HDD Review

The Seagate’s Enterprise Performance 10K HDDs are eighth generation of Seagate’s Enterprise Performance line. The drive is a 2.5” form factor, 10K SAS 12Gb/s HDD coupled with the “TurboBoost” of 32GB of eMLC flash for faster read and write performance as well as 128MB multisegmented cache. The drive comes with a maximum capacity of 1.8TB, 50% more capacity of the previous generation. For buyers with data security in mind, there is also a secure model available with instant secure erase. The drive also comes in capacities of 300GB, 450GB, 600GB, 900GB, and 1.2TB.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces Key Value-Based Technology For Object Storage

Today at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced two new key value-based technologies that are geared for object storage, big data analytics, virtualization, and for active archival. These new technologies have the benefits of high capacity and high performance scale-out object storage and maximize uptime while reducing the overall mean time to repair. Toshiba will be having a demo of this new technology at its booth, P1, during the OpenStack Summit, May 18-22.

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by Adam Armstrong

HGST Ultrastar Helium He8 8TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review

Back in September 2012, HGST first announced their Helium Hard Drive Platform. The Helium drives began to ship the following year in November and as of last month, HGST has deployed over a million drives. We had previously reviewed the Ultrastar He6 6TB helium drive. Now HGST has taken their helium technology and expanded capacity even further with the Ultrastar Helium He8 8TB Enterprise Hard Drive. The He8 is available in either SAS 12Gb/s or SATA 6Gb/s interface. The drives offer a spindle speed of 7,200RPM, on disk buffer of 128MB and drive sustained throughput of 205MB/s.

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