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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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 Mark Kidd

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 Mark Kidd

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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