by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Launches 12TB Enterprise HDD

Today at the OCP Summit 2017, Seagate Technology announced it plans to start volume shipping its new 12TB helium enterprise drives for production availability in the June quarter of 2017. The new 12TB drive, Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD, is designed to address the ability to locate and organize the increasing amount of unstructured data and make it available quickly and reliably for customers. This is a critical issues for hyperscale customers.

Seagate states that they worked closely with the world’s largest cloud providers and OEMs to really gain an understanding of some of the challenges they face as data continues to grow massively. OEMs and cloud providers want to be able to store more data and retrieve it quickly when needed all while keeping TCO in mind. Seagate’s answer to these concerns is the new 12TB drop in replacement enterprise drive.

Seagate’s new 12TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD offers the lowest power consumption and lowest weight in the industry. The drive can accommodate 550TB workloads annually and has a mean time between failure of 2.5 million hours. The drive is designed to operate 24/7 for 5 years, making it ideal for even the most rigorous enterprise data center environments.

Key benefits and improvements include:

  • Highly scalable hard drive storage that is rapidly deployable for maximum performance and energy efficiency for Open Compute Project (OCP) platforms
  • 50% higher capacity, which enables hyperscale customers to deploy over 10PB of high performance storage in a single 42U rack for the first time – maintaining current space, weight, and power consumption profiles
  • 21% increase in IOPs performance/watt perfect for next generation eco-friendly infrastructures
  • 20% increase in enhanced caching performance, which results in faster access to unstructured data

Seagate will be demonstrating the new 12TB HDD (along with other technology) at the OCP Summit 2017 in Santa Clara, Calif., March 8-9 at Seagate’s booth [#B7].


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