Helium Drives: Big Questions

Well they’ve finally been announced. Yet while Helium-filled drives sound great, is the world ready for them? The hype is not backed up by many facts, and the facts that exist are very concerning to me – and should be to you.

Let’s take a look at the details from the HGST web page.

First the UltraStar 4 TB drive that we all know:

helium drives

Next, the new Helium drive:

tech comics, funny tech terms

Note the missing information on performance, hard error rate, seek time, etc. If you are not willing to clearly compare the drives so that people can estimate performance, reliability and the time it is going take to rebuild a RAID set, I would like to suggest the drive is not ready for the enterprise.

At 6 TB in size declustered RAID is going to be required, and without the performance data it is a paper tiger as far as I am concerned.

Labels: helium,data storage,enterprise storage

posted by: Henry Newman

Henry Newman, InfoStor Blogger
by Henry Newman
InfoStor Blogger

Henry Newman is CEO and CTO of Instrumental Inc. and has worked in HPC and large storage environments for 29 years. The outspoken Mr. Newman initially went to school to become a diplomat, but was firmly told during his first year that he might be better suited for a career that didn't require diplomatic skills. Diplomacy's loss was HPC's gain.

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