by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Announces The World’s First 8TB Surveillance HDD

Today at the China Public Security Expo (CPSE) 2015 in Shenzhen, China, Seagate Technology announced the highest capacity surveillance drive with its 8TB surveillance hard drive disk (HDD). Last month Seagate announced that it was able to bump up the capacity in several of its other HDDs. These new HDD is the highest capacity HDD on the market specifically designed for surveillance storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New Enterprise Performance SAS HDD

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced its newest line of enterprise performance HDDs, the AL14SE series. The AL14SE series is designed for mission critical servers and high-performance, high-availability storage systems. The new HDD series is a 10,500RPM drive series that supports 12Gbit/s SAS and 512n sector length making it compatible with the latest generation host controllers and host bus adapters.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Announces World's Highest Density Mobile Hard Drive Technology

Seagate Technology has announced that they have made a major advancement in areal density with a new hard disk that offers upwards of 2TB in capacity inside a slim 7mm package. Seagate indicates that the final product form will allow OEMs to design a new generation of extremely thin “elegant mobile products” with stylish, light-weight, fast, power-efficient and cost-effective builds.

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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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