Seagate Begins Volume Shipments of 10TB Helium Enterprise HDD

By Pedro Hernandez

Seagate's answer to Ultrastar He10 from HGST, a Western Digital subsidiary, has finally begun to ship in bulk, announced the company this week.

Like its rival, the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD is filled with helium, a lighter-than-air gas. Replacing air with helium enables the platters that store data in a hard disk drive (HDD) to spin with less air resistance, enhancing the drive's longevity and lowering it power consumption -- two traits both Seagate is banking on to drive adoption among cloud providers and purveyors of big data storage systems.

"Cloud-based exabytes are expected to reach 60 percent of the data center market by 2020. The 10TB helium drive is perfect for this space and an important step in our strategy to build a broad and flexible product portfolio," blogged Seagate's chief technology officer, Mark Re, when his company first announced the drive back in January.

With the new 7,200 RPM enterprise drive, Seagate says data center operators can pack 9 petabytes (PB) of data in a single 42U rack, a 25 percent improvement over 8 TB drives. Other benefits include a 2.5-million-hour mean time between failure (MTBF) rating and lower cooling requirements, which translates into lower energy costs. The drive supports operating temperatures ranging from 5°C – 60°C (41°F – 140°F).

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD employs advanced caching algorithms that enable organizations to better manage their ballooning stores of data, according to the company. Further, the company's PowerBalance technology optimizes the drive's IOPS per watt performance while PowerChoice helps reduce power and cooling costs while the drive sits idle while.

"Now shipping in volume to our global strategic customers like Ciara and Supermicro, we are pleased to bring this drive to market with the knowledge that it provides highly-valued and unprecedented performance for our customers' hyperscale solutions," said John Morris, vice president of enterprise products at Seagate, in a statement.

Don Clegg, vice president of marketing and business development at Supermicro, revealed his company's plans for the drive, with include cloud storage systems tailored for OpenStack environments. "With Supermicro's 4U 60/90 3.5-inch top-load hot-swap bay server and single expander JBOD storage solutions, Seagate helium-based high capacity drives provide a robust foundation for building OpenStack cloud infrastructure, delivering maximum performance, scalability and capacity density at the lowest overall TCO," he stated.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

This article was originally published on April 27, 2016