by Brian Beeler

What is Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR)?

In the simplest terms, Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) is a new hard drive technology that allows the tracks on a platter to be layered on top of each other, just like roof shingles on a house, to increase platter density or tracks per inch (TPI). Current technology, Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), uses a parallel track layout. By increasing TPI with SMR technology and decreasing the space between tracks, SMR offers tremendous potential for overall hard drive capacity gains. The end product physically looks and feels like a standard PMR drive, with higher capacity in the same physical footprint. However, the architecture change means the user experience from a performance perspective will be dramatically different.

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by Tucker Mindrum

HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB HDD Review

HGST has expanded their line of Deskstar NAS HDDs to include a 6TB model, which is optimized for small enterprise, SOHO, or consumer environments leveraging up to 8-bay NAS systems. HGST has promised both reliability and performance from these 7,200RPM 3.5" drives, maintaining 1 million hours of use between failures and delivering seek times of less than 12ms. The new 6TB offering is a boost in capacity of 50% compared to HGST's previous top of the line 4TB drives. 

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba MG04SCA Enterprise HDD Review

The Toshiba MG04SCA Series of enterprise hard drives leverage a 3.5" form factor, 7,200 RPM spindle and SAS interface in capacities up to 5TB. The drive is capable of throughput up to 205MB/s in the 5TB capacity, which uses five 1TB platters (the prior generation used 800GB/platter). The MG04SCA is also the first enterprise hard drive to ship with 4K native sector lengths, though an AF model is available as well. Toshiba also offers what they call "persistent write cache technology" with the drives, which delivers gains in performance and data reliability.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba 6TB MG04ACA SATA and MG04SCA Enterprise HDDs Announced

Toshiba has announced the addition of 6TB SATA and SAS models to its MG04 series of 3.5-inch form factor enterprise capacity class of HDDs, which are specifically designed for midline and nearline business critical workloads. The new SAS interface models offer 12Gbit/s SAS transfer rate as well as enhanced power management features for easy integration into the latest generation of datacenter infrastructure. 

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD Review

The Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD is a duty-specific drive available in capacities up to 6TB designed to meet the storage needs of small and midrange NAS environments ranging from smaller tower form factors to 16-bay rack units. The wide scope addresses a common need in the enterprise NAS market by blending NAS-specific firmware and features with industry-topping capacity and the performance that a 7K spindle speed offers. Seagate has also done something interesting with the Enterprise NAS drives: they can be paired with optional data recovery service through Seagate, which when paired with the five-year warranty, can provide an additional layer of comfort for SMBs. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Announces New 6TB Enterprise NAS HDD

Today Seagate Technology announced a new enterprise-class NAS HDD. While Seagate already has a NAS HDD, the new enterprise class NAS HDD comes in capacities as high as 6TB and is designed to perform under demanding workloads in environments calling for 24x7 availability and accessibility.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Kinetic HDD Announced

Seagate has unveiled the Seagate Kinetic HDD, the company’s new object-based storage drive that uses the Kinetic Open Storage platform. Seagate’s HDD is designed to dramatically reduce total cost of ownership by combining an open source object storage protocol with Ethernet connectivity to eliminate multiple layers of legacy software and hardware infrastructure, which in turn lowers equipment costs and dramatically simplifies cloud storage architectures.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Purple 6TB Surveillance-Class HDD Announced

WD has announced a 6TB version of its WD Purple line of 3.5-inch hard drives for video surveillance applications. The WD Purple hard drives are designed for new and existing home and small business security system environments with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition video cameras. WD’s surveillance hard drives are offered in capacities from 1 TB up to 6 TB.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Surveillance HDDs Hit GA

Seagate has announced that their Surveillance HDD, the industry's first dedicated surveillance HDD, is now generally available. Featuring Seagate Rescue services, the company's new HDD is built specifically for surveillance and video analytics applications and employs data recovery services designed to restore data from malice or accidental failure, keeping systems in the field longer and reducing post deployment expenses.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Announces Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Baidu

Seagate has announced that it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Baidu--China’s largest web services firm--in the industries of low-cost online storage, archiving, and Big Data analysis.

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