Seagate Technology Rises with Helium 10TB Storage Drive

In January 2016, Seagate Technology plc, a behemoth vendor in storage solutions, launched its first 10TB enterprise capacity hard disk drive (HDD) that is designed to merge high capacity with a power and weight that is one of the lowest in the industry in a 10TB drive. This solution was created to help manage the growing storage requirements needed for both private and public cloud-based data centers. Seagate® Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD is being used by several enterprise market leaders globally due to its ability to address storage demands unlike other technologies available.

Mark Re, senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer of Seagate noted in a press release that “cloud-based data center storage needs are expanding faster than many current infrastructures can sustain, rendering the capacity demands of users a herculean task for cloud managers.” With this issue at the forefront of their mind, Seagate’s 10TB Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD utilizes “seven platters and 14 heads” to seal in helium “to create a turbulence-free, quiet environment.” Additionally, it uses the standard 3.5-inch CMR design for easy system integration. Seagate claims that the product “offer[s] 25 percent more density to help businesses dramatically increase petabytes per rack.”

Performance is improved in the Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD by using advanced caching algorithms to make it easier and faster for administrators to manage the overwhelming amount of data.  Seagate’s PowerChoice™ technology is integrated into the drive to aid businesses to reduce the costs constantly created by power and cooling during idle time while Seagate’s signature PowerBalance™ feature optimizes the IOPS/Watt for even more efficiency.

According to the company’s press release, the Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD “delivers an improved MTBF of 2.5 million hours and provides consistent performance to customers in a 24×7 multi-drive environment. Enterprise ready, the Seagate Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD is available in both a 6Gb/s SATA and 12Gb/s SAS interfaces.”

John Rydning, IDC’s research vice president for hard disk drives noted that “at-scale data centers are faced with the challenge of efficiently storing massive amounts of unstructured digital data.” He commented on Seagate’s approach: “Seagate’s new 10TB HDD for enterprise data centers is its first product to employ helium technology and will help data center customers to expand storage capacity economically.”

One of Seagate’s customers noted why they use the Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD: “[It] helps us meet [the] demands [of low overhead and better performance] by offering incredible capacity with improvements in power and weight allowing us to drastically reduce our costs,” explained Fan Ruiqi, president of storage products at Huawei.

Seagate Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD 10TB is now available worldwide.

 

Key Takeaways:

– Seagate’s 10TB Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD utilizes seven platters and 14 heads to seal in helium that creates a turbulence-free, quiet environment by using the standard 3.5-inch CMR design for easy system integration.

– Seagate’s PowerChoice™ technology is integrated into the drive to reduce the costs constantly created by power and cooling during idle time while Seagate’s signature PowerBalance™ feature optimizes the IOPS/Watt for even more efficiency.

– The drive delivers an improved MTBF of 2.5 million hours and provides consistent performance to customers in a 24×7 multi-drive environment; it is available in both a 6Gb/s SATA and 12Gb/s SAS interfaces. It is also now available worldwide.

Lindsey Cobb

Lindsey Cobb, a Georgia native and former history major, is a technology researcher who is fascinated by past and future of technology. When she is not engrossed in the prophecy of science fiction stories, Lindsey is likely to be planning her next adventurous trip or petting every dog she meets. Contact Lindsey at [email protected]