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 Mark Kidd

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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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HGST Ultrastar C10K900 Review

The HGST Ultrastar C10K900 is an enterprise-class, 2.5" HDD that interfaces over SAS, has a spindle speed of 10,000RPM and ranges up to 900GB in capacity. The Ultrastar C10K900 also comes in at a 14.8mm z-Height, classing it in the 15mm category. That small form factor helps to reduce organizations' overall TCO, especially in networked storage arrays or any space and/or power constrained environments. On top of that, other optimal environments for the Ultrastar C10K900 are blade and rack-mounted servers for applications such as online transaction processing (OLTP), any high performance scenario, and cloud computing.

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by Josh Shaman

Seagate and IBM Enterprise SSHD Announced

Seagate recently blogged about a new enterprise solid state hybrid hard drive (SSHD) though the company has yet to publicly mention the product. The new enterprise SSHD is branded as an IBM drive and is designed as a storage upgrade in IBM System x servers. From what is known so far, the drives are based off of Seagate models that are 2.5" form factor, 600GB drives that spin at 10,000RPM and interface over 6Gb/s SAS. The drive also features a robust 128MB of on-board cache, and the hybrid component comes in the form of 16GB of eMLC NAND. With the enterprise SSHD that is designed for mid-range servers and storage subsystems, Seagate is aiming at 100% better performance than the base 10K drive.

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by Josh Shaman

Seagate NAS HDD Review

The Seagate NAS HDD is a 3.5" form factor, 6Gb/s SATA interface hard drive that spins at 5,900RPM, ranges up to 4TB in capacity and is specifically engineered to be installed in one to five-bay NAS devices. With the consumer and small office NAS market growing quickly and with buyers usually opting for diskless models, Seagate is responding to market demand with this specific use-case drive. Of course there are loads of drives out there that users could implement to populate a NAS, but most are overkill or otherwise sub-optimal for the need. Seagate joins the NAS HDD market by designing a drive to handle NAS workload and operational requirements with their NASWorks specialized firmware, three-year warranty and support from many leading NAS vendors.

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by Josh Shaman

WD Se HDD Review

The WD Se HDD is the company's latest 3.5" enterprise-class hard drive that ranges in capacities up to 4TB, spins at 7,200 RPM and interfaces over SATA 6Gb/s. The WD Se is designed to provide robust storage for large-scale NAS deployments, replicated environments, bulk cloud storage, and backup and archiving. The WD Se isn't geared toward revving up to the highest IOPS offered by an HDD; the drives are more affordable than performance variations and offer features required for data security by SMBs and the growing mid-range NAS market. That said, WD designed the Se series to still support moderate-workload applications with maximum sustained transfer rates claimed at up to 171MB/s.

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by Josh Shaman

WD Announces WD Se HDDs

WD is announcing the availability of its new enterprise-class WD Se hard drives that range in capacities up to 4TB and are designed for scale-out datacenter deployments. The drives provide robust storage for large-scale replicated environments, mid-sized NAS deployment and backup and archiving. Being implemented in data centers that are seeing immense growth, the drives are affordable, but they also offer the features required for data security by organizations. On top of that, with the SMB to mid-range NAS market growing, the WD Se can also support high-workload applications experienced in those environments.

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