by Lyle Smith

HGST Announces First 10TB Data Center-Class HDD

HGST has announced the world’s first data center-class 10TB HDD for cloud and cold storage applications with the lowest $/TB and watt/TB available on the market. HGST accomplishes this by harnessing two complementary technologies: HelioSeal technology and Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR), which enable a future design platform for HDDs in delivering higher capacity points at accelerated time-to-market entry.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Ultrastar 7K6000 HDDs Now Shipping

HGST has announced that their Ultrastar 7K6000 is now shipping, the company’s seventh, and last, generation air-based platform with high capacities in a standard 3.5-inch HDD design. The 6TB Ultrastar 7K6000 provides 1.2TB per disk in a five-disk solution targeting all traditional and rapidly growing scale out storage applications, including object, block and file storage architectures. The 7K6000 is designed to help data center customers capture the growth and long-term value of data by providing huge capacity, 7,200 RPM performance and the best $/GB acquisition cost available.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Ultrastar He8 HDDs Announced

HGST has announced the Ultrastar He8, their second-generation helium-filled HDDs available in capacities of 8TB and 6TB. We reviewed the first-generation He6 earlier this year. The Ultrastar He8 advances the TCO value for cloud data centers, enterprises, OEMs and system integrators and enables more efficient data center designs and operations by reducing the physical and carbon footprint of the overall storage systems.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate 8TB HDD Now Shipping

Seagate has announced that it is now shipping the world’s first 8TB hard disk drive, providing scale-out data infrastructures with supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency, and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry for cloud content, object storage, and back-up disaster recovery storage.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Red Pro Review (4TB, NASware 3.0)

Alongside the launch of the larger 6TB capacity Red HDDs with NASware 3.0, WD also launched a new family of NAS drives dubbed Red Pro. The Red Pro HDDs spin at 7,200RPM, come in capacities of up to 4TB, and are designed for larger tower or rackmount NAS environments in the 8 to 16 bay range. Aside from support for larger environments, the Red Pro line of HDDs differentiates from Red in that the drives are faster, 7K spindle speed, extended thermal burn-in testing, hardware-based vibration compensation and a longer warranty.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Red Pro and Expanded Capacities of WD Red HDDs Released

WD has announced the expansion of WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS systems with the release of a 5TB and first-to-market 6TB capacity for NAS-specific storage as well as the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives, which are designed specifically for the medium to large business NAS market. The WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1TB to 6TB capacities, while the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2TB to 4TB capacities. 

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by Josh Linden

HGST Begins Shipping 10K RPM 1.8TB Ultrastar C10K1800 Hard Drives

HGST today announced that it is now shipping the first batches of its new Ultrastar C10K1800 hard drives in capacities up to 1.8TB. The Ultrastar C10K1800 is a 2.5-inch enterprise-class HDD with a 12Gb/s SAS interface and represents the first 10K drive to market at these capacities. HGST's new C10K1800 offerings are meant for applications which can leverage its low cost-per-GB, often as part of a storage infrastructure pools the Ultrastar C10K1800 with faster 15K hard drives or SSDs.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 6TB 3.5 SAS HDD Review (V.4)

The Seagate Enterprise Capacity SAS 6TB hard drive comes with a 7,200 RPM spindle speed and can be paired with either a 6Gb/s or 12Gb/s SAS interface. We recently reviewed the sibling 6TB SATA drive; this review will survey the drive with a 12Gb/s SAS interface. The SAS configuration is also available in 4TB and 2TB capacities, and Seagate boasts this drive as the fastest available nearline HDD, which they proved to be true with the SATA version. All that's left to discover is what effect the interface has on the drive, all other mechanics are the same eighth generation technology.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba MC Series 5TB 7,200 RPM Enterprise HDD Announced

Toshiba has announced the MC Series, Toshiba’s first enterprise high-capacity hard disk drives specifically designed for bulk storage systems and servers that support cloud-based applications and scale-out workloads. Its 3.5-inch form factor allows the MC Series to offer up to 5TB of storage with 7,200 RPM performance making it particularly suitable for workloads and storage requirements generated by cloud computing.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 6TB 3.5 HDD Review (V.4)

The Seagate Enterprise Capacity 6TB V.4 is billed as the “world’s fastest” nearline HDD currently on the market, with claims of performance 25% over competitive offerings. With an operating speed of 7200RPM, the Seagate V.4 also comes in 5TB, 4TB and 2TB flavors. Each type can be purchased with either 12Gb/s SAS or 6Gb/s SATA connectivity, allowing it to be easily integrated into current systems. Seagate also supports optional SED and FIPS encryption.

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