Fast, flash-powered SSDs may be all the rage, but hard drive manufacturers keep upping the capacity ante.
Seagate today announced that the company had started shipping a 6 TB, 7,200 RPM hard disk drive (HDD) called Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. As its name suggests, what the 3.5-inch drive lacks in speed -- typically enterprise-grade HDDs carry an 10K RPM rating -- it makes up for in room for business files and data.
The HDDs, claims Seagate, offer "the highest density storage per square foot in the industry" and a 50 percent boost in storage space compared to the previous generation's biggest drive (4 TB). The hard drive maker also boasts that the new line of HDDs is "purpose-built for enterprise environments."
Data center-friendly features include a humidity sensor and wear-reducing ramp load technology. In addition, the drives are T10- and T13-compliant, enabling energy savings of up to 90 percent, according to the company. The self-encrypting drives (SED) help keep data secure.
Instant Secure Erase support enables organizations to reuse or dispose of their old drives without worrying that their old data will come back to haunt them. While those capabilities come in handy, Seagate emphasizes that the capacious new drives are meant to help businesses deal with the explosive data growth.
Describing the impact of Big Data on enterprises and the increased popularity of cloud computing, Seagate's Scott Horn, vice president of marketing, said that in a few short years, data storage infrastructures will be home to a massive amount of unstructured data. Citing a forecast from market research firm IDC, he said in a statement that growth of unstructured data "is doubling exponentially and will propel the digital universe to reach 16 Zettabytes of data by as early as 2017."
Seagate, added Horn, is helping businesses tackle the challenge of storing so much data by "offering the fastest 6TB enterprise capacity HDD based on our proven, reliable platform meeting this never-ending demand in both private and public cloud data centers."
Dave Reinsel, group vice president for storage and semiconductors at IDC, said that demand for cloud-based storage is growing aggressively. Seagate's new drives "should be well received by IT managers looking to meet their data center’s soaring need for storage with the performance," he said in a statement.
Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.
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