December 7th, 2017 by Adam Armstrong
Toshiba Launches The Industry’s First 14TB CMR HDD
Today Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation launched the world’s first enterprise 14TB Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) HDD, the MG07ACA Series. In order to cram that much storage in the same standard 3.5” space, Toshiba is using helium and 9-disk design. This new drive will deliver the capacity and power-efficiency that customers such as cloud-scale and enterprise storage need while helping them hit their TCO objectives.
While SMR has allowed for much higher densities on HDD, it will be some time before the enterprise at large fully adopts the technology. However, the need for higher capacity drives is here now. The new MG07ACA comes in two capacities: a 14TB 9-disk and a 12TB 8-disk model. These helium HDDs are sealed using Toshiba Group’s laser welding technology. From a performance perspective, the drives utilize a SATA 6Gbit/s interface and 7,200rpm access performance. The new drives mark a 40% increase in capacity (up from the previous MG06ACA 10TB models) and a 50% improvement in power efficiency.
The MG07ACA series is being sampled to customers today.