by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

6TB HDDs Causing Problems for System Vendors - But Not the Way You Think

Hard drives have blossomed from 4TB to 6TB, which is a great thing for applications creating an ever increasing amount of data. However, as we've seen more 6TB hard drives come in from vendors, a peculiar problem has arisen. The 6TB hard drives aren't compatible with all of the platforms we test on. They're not compatible for a reason that's unexpected however. 

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Enterprise Capacity v4 6TB HDD Now Available

Seagate has announced that it is now shipping the world’s fastest 6TB hard disk drive, the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. The Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 is a significant step forward in scale-out data infrastructures, providing supersize storage and enterprise reliability to meet the exponential growth of corporate and cloud-based data centers.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HGST Ultrastar Helium 6TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review

The Ultrastar Helium Platform (He6) hard drive family is HGST's latest effort to provide the next step up in capacity for enterprises that are faced with ballooning data volumes. The Helium drives are offered at a single 6TB capacity point, which offers a 50% boost over today's leading 4TB capacity offerings, and they are available with either a SATA or SAS 6Gb/s interface. The drives offer a spindle speed of 7,200RPM, on disk buffer of 64MB and drive sustained throughput of 177MB/s. The fun technology part though is of course the fact that this is a sealed drive, with helium inside for reduced friction. HGST dubs this technology HelioSeal, which essentially reduces air disturbances caused by the disks and heads and allows for more platters to be sandwiched in the standard 3.5" hard drive form factor. The reduction in friction also means less power is required, 23% less at idle by HGST's measurements, netting cost of ownership benefits as well. HGST uses 7 platters, compared to four or five in most 4TB drives today, to drive the 6TB capacity in the Helium. Interestingly, this suggests there is more capacity up-side for the platform with more dense platters making Helium potentially a very compelling bridge to the next generation mainstream hard drives that will use HAMR technology (SMR has limited use cases) to increase density and drive capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba AL13SXB and AL13SXQ Enterprise Capacity HDDs Announced

Toshiba America has announced new additions to the enterprise capacity hard disk drives, the AL13SXB and the self-encrypting AL13SXQ. Toshiba's 2.5-inch form factor AL13SXB and AL13SXQ have 15mm z-height and spin at speeds of 15,000 RPM, which makes the AL13SX series ideal for mission critical enterprise storage applications.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Ultrastar C15K600 Family of Enterprise-Class HDDs Now Shipping

HGST has announced it is now shipping the Ultrastar C15K600 family, a new line of high-performance, high-capacity, 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF), 15K RPM enterprise-class hard disk drives. The new Ultrastar C15K600 HDDs offers best-in-class performance and capacity in one streamlined solution, which makes way for higher density and higher performing servers, blades and network storage arrays all while reducing space requirements, lowering cooling costs and improving total cost of ownership (TCO).

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by Lyle Smith

WD Purple Surveillance HDDs Now Available

WD has announced the availability of WD Purple, a purpose-built line of 3.5-inch high-capacity hard drives for surveillance applications. Available in capacities from 1TB up to 4TB, the WD Purple hard drives excel in home and small business security environments with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 HD video cameras.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Surveillance HDD Announced

Seagate has announced the Surveillance HDD, it's seventh-generation drive engineered specifically for surveillance and video analytics applications. The Surveillance HDD is available as a 3.5-inch drive in capacities of up to 4TB and can store up to 480 hours of HD content; making it the industry’s highest-capacity drive designed specifically for surveillance applications. Additionally, the Surveillance HDD can scale video storage and now incorporates rotational vibration (RV) sensors, which enables it to reliably perform in systems with up to 16 drives. As such, it is ideal for small-to-medium businesses including casinos or manufacturing plants where bulk storage for HD video and video analytics are an important aspect of daily operation.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate Enterprise Turbo SSHD Review

The Seagate Enterprise Turbo SSHD is a 2.5" 15K SAS HDD coupled with 32GB of eMLC flash that focuses on exceptional dollar-to-IOPS performance and capacity. With an estimated performance increase of 300% over a 15,000 RPM HDD, the Enterprise Turbo SSHD specializes in business-critical transactional environments (OLTP, VDI, SAP HANA), while also being considerably more cost-effective than a comparable SSD solution. The advantages of a marriage between HDD and SSD is made clear with the Enterprise Turbo SSHD: the performance and speed increases one would expect from an SSD, with a price point and capacity of an HDD. 

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces the MG04 Series of 5TB 3.5-Inch Enterprise HDDs

Toshiba has announced the next generation of high-capacity 3.5-inch form factor enterprise HDDs, the MG04 series. The MG04 series is engineered for midline and nearline business critical workloads and is the industry’s first enterprise capacity category models that support industry standard 4K Advanced Format sector technologies. It also supports persistent write cache technology, which improves both performance and reliability. Additionally, the series is specifically designed for the high-capacity demands of mid-tier servers and cloud application workloads as well as for capacity-optimized data center storage systems that benefit from high capacity per spindle.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Technology Aquires Xyratex

Seagate Technology and Xyratex have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Seagate will acquire all outstanding shares of Xyratex. The transaction will be in all-cash and valued at $13.25 per share, or a total of roughly $374 million, including $80 million in cash on Xyratex’s balance sheet as of August 31, 2013. The consideration represents a premium of approximately 27% per share over Xyratex’s stock price at the close of trading on December 20th, 2013. Xyratex has developed a leading HDD capital test equipment business. 

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