by Lyle Smith

HGST 6TB Ultrastar He6 HDD Now Shipping

HGST, a Western Digital company, has announced that it is shipping the 6TB Ultrastar He6 hard disk drive.  Revealed in September of last year, HGST’s HelioSeal platform makes way for higher capacity storage in the years to come while substantially lowering customer total cost of ownership (TCO). By using the inherent benefits of helium, the new Ultrastar He6 drive features HGST’s innovative 7Stac disk design with 6TB. This makes it the world’s highest capacity HDD with the best TCO for cloud storage, massive scale-out environments, disk-to-disk backup, and replicated or RAID environments.

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by Josh Linden

Seagate Announces “Kinetic” Cloud Storage Architecture

Seagate is today unveiling its new open storage platform intended for hyperscale and cloud storage systems, using an architecture which connects bulk hard drive storage directly to the application layer. The Kinetic storage platform utilizes open APIs with Ethernet as the interconnect protocol to enable storage platforms to make use of scale-out HDD arrays for object-based storage that does not require the overhead imposed by storage servers and filesystems.

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by Josh Linden

HGST Now Shipping 4TB Second-Generation MegaScale DC Cold Storage Hard Drive

HGST has announced that it is now shipping the MegaScale DC 4000.B, a new 3.5-inch, 4TB, 6 Gb/s SATA hard drive engineered for long-term data retention and other 24/7 environments that manage infrequently accessed data with less than 180TB transferred per drive, per year. According to HGST, the 4TB MegaScale DC 4000.B requires up to 45 percent less operating power and 29 percent reduced idle power compared to typical 4TB enterprise HDDs, and 40% less power than HGST’s own 4TB Ultrastar 7K4000.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

WD Xe SAS Hard Drive Review

The WD Xe is a 6Gb/s SAS hard drive in a 2.5" 15mm form factor. The Xe drives spin at 10,000 RPM, offers a 32MB cache and provide throughput of up to 204MB/s. The drives are offered in capacities up to 900GB and a self encrypting drive (SED) option is available across the entire lineup. WD also offers an optional 3.5" bracket/heat sync that lets the Xe fit into legacy 3.5" environments, where they can be use to replace lower capacity and more expensive to operate 3.5" 15K drives. 

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by Josh Linden

Seagate Pledges 20TB Shingled Magnetic Recording HDD by 2020

Seagate has announced that it has now shipped more than a million SMR hard drives, saying that its technology will enable the manufacture of 20TB hard drives by the end of the decade. According to Seagate, the company's SMR technology will also allow the manufacture of 5TB drives in the nearer future. SMR is Seagate’s approach to overcoming the areal density limitations of current-generation HDDs, which have been a physical limit to maximum capacity.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K.7 Review

The Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7 is a 15mm 2.5" form factor drive that ships in a 1.2TB capacity, interfaces over 6Gb/s SAS, and, as the name implies, spins at 10K RPM. The 10K.7 succeeds the Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v6, aka the Savvio 10K.6 that we reviewed earlier this year, and with the new 10K.7, Seagate aims to match high performance with low overall power consumption to deliver a reduced TCO to organizations deploying drives for data centers and cloud environments. On that note, Seagate quotes sequential data transfers at up to 204MB/s, which is aimed at meeting the marks of some 15K RPM legacy HDDs, and the average operating power rating is 8.02W with typical idle operation at 4.65W.

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by Josh Linden

Seagate Now Shipping New Flagship Enterprise Turbo SSHD

Seagate is now shipping its new Enterprise Turbo Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD), first in its class and billed at up to three times the random performance of current 15K RPM enterprise hard drives. Available in capacities up to 600GB, the Enterprise Turbo marks a new balance between capacity and performance that promises SSD-like speeds for "hot" data without the compromises in cost and maximum capacity that come with solid state drives.

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by Josh Shaman

HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 Enterprise SAS HDD Review

HGST's Ultrastar 7K4000 is a 3.5" enterprise class HDD that ranges up to 4TB in capacity, features optional encryption and spins at 7,200RPM. The drive is designed for data centers, cloud storage, and backup and archiving. We previously reviewed the SATA 6Gb/s interface Ultrastar 7K4000 which made a splash when it was introduced due to its 33% capacity leap to 4TB as well as its 2 million hour MTBF and its solid 5 year warranty. This time around however, we're reviewing the recently released SAS interface Ultrastar 7K4000 which broadly features a lot of the same advancements as its SATA sibling. The Ultrastar 7K4000 SAS features optional encryption, up to 4TB of storage utilizing five platters (800GB each), and superb reliability figures with its MTBF at 2.0M hours.

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by Josh Shaman

Seagate Terascale and Enteprise Performance HDDs Announced

Seagate is announcing its Terascale HDD and Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7 enterprise-class drives that have been optimized for both cloud infrastructures and data centers. The drives deliver high-end capacities at 4TB for the Terascale and 1.2TB for the Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7, while still delivering low power consumption figures to drive a lower TCO than competing drives. This match is designed to meet the scale of data growth observed in cloud and data center applications. In fact, Seagate quotes that capacity shipped to enterprise clouds will double and compose 60% of the total storage capacity shipped by 2020.

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by Josh Shaman

Toshiba Automotive HDDs Capacity Expansion Announced

Toshiba is announcing a new capacity for its automotive SATA HDD which now offers up to 320GB of storage and is optimized to handle a wide range of operating environments. Part of the MQ01AADxxxC series, the Toshiba MQ01AAD032C automotive HDD multiplies Toshiba's previous highest capacity offering by more than 1.5 times. The automotive HDD does this utilizing a single platter, making it the highest capacity single platter model designed specifically for the automotive industry. These drives are aimed at meeting the demands of the auto industry which needs HDDs to both improve drivers' in-vehicle experience and to support the growing functions and requirements for on-board technology.  That includes constant connectivity to stream HD movies and update navigation systems at the same time.

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