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Seagate unveils a new portfolio of 8TB hard drives

Nurdianah Md Nur | Sept. 7, 2015
Set to be widely available later this year, the new drives aim to meet the unique storage requirements of SMBs and large enterprises.

Seagate Technology has unveiled its new portfolio of 8TB high capacity drives to support the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises.

 "Customers today need storage solutions to support a diverse, and sometimes very specialised, set of applications and workload requirements," said Scott Horn, Vice President of Marketing at Seagate. "In designing our products, we look closely at the type of data being stored, performance needs, power requirements, environmental operating conditions, network topologies, uptime demand and more, to ensure our customers receive the right storage technology for the job." 

The new drives include the Enterprise NAS HDD, Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD, and Kinetic HDD.

According to Seagate, the Enterprise NAS HDD will provide scalable storage to meet the increasing needs of SMBs as their business grow. Since it provides one third more storage density than other towers or rack mount solutions, it reduces the need for SMBs to purchase more drives to cope with increasing capacity, thus helping to reduce power consumption and saving space in data centres.

On the other hand, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD is designed for businesses in the cloud and traditional enterprise markets that require high capacity and reliable data storage solutions. The drive features conventional magnetic recording technology and delivers 100 percent increase in random read/write performance, said Seagate.

For organisations making the transition to the cloud with an eye to leveraging open source innovation, the Kinetic HDD focuses on total cost of ownership (TCO) by emphasising scaled-out storage and rapid deployment in data centres. In cases where archiving data is a priority, emerging technologies such as Shingled Magnetic Recording can be of strategic and business value.

Combined with the Kinetic Open Storage platform, Kinetic HDD could eliminate multiple layers of legacy hardware and software infrastructure with a simple Key/Value interface. This reduces the need for traditional storage servers, thus reducing capital equipment costs, power consumption and human expenses associated with managing storage for a total savings of up to 70 percent, said Seagate.  

All drives are currently sampling to select customers, with wide scale availability planned for late this year.

 

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