Enterprise HDD Reviews
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate Archive HDD Review (8TB)

The Seagate Archive HDD represents several major advancements in hard drive technology for the company. First, the massive 8TB capacity is Seagate's highest to date. Second, the methodology to get to that 8TB is new to the market. Seagate uses Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) to change the way tracks are laid out on the platters, which drives higher platter density. This new series of Archive HDDs isn't a general purpose drive however, that duty is aligned with the Enterprise Capacity family. In this case, as the name implies, the drives are intended for use in large-scale data centers where density, power consumption, data integrity and data retrieval are paramount.

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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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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