Essentially, an application needs to be "taught to write sequentially" and mainly be for read purposes, which is why both Seagate and WD brand their SMR drives are archive drives versus near-line or primary data drives.
"[WD's] new Ultrastar 10TB He10 will help address the need for higher capacity, and higher density storage racks in enterprise datacenters," John Rydning, IDC's research vice president of research, said in a statement.
In a statement, WD said it expects its 10TB drives to be key enablers of video, photo, business and other cloud-based applications, and will be a cornerstone for future public and private cloud deployments.
"Netflix has built an industry-leading content delivery network and these 10TB drives will allow us to quickly integrate, build more capacity and stream more movies to our consumers," David Fullagar, director of content delivery architecture at Netflix, said in a statement. "We've been using [WD's] HelioSeal drives for a long time and not only do they give us more capacity, they have contributed to a lower overall power envelope and higher storage density, which has allowed us to maximize our data footprint and create a network that is optimized for TCO."
WD declined to quote a price for the new drive as they're intended for enterprise use.
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