The data storage industry may be stricken with flash fever, but Seagate is betting that there's a still demand for multi-terabyte hard disk drives (HDDs) that can accommodate massive files and assorted big data. The Cupertino, Calif.-based hard drive maker today took the wraps off the Guardian Series, a new product portfolio featuring the company's latest 10-terabyte (TB) SATA HDDs.
The new drives include the company's intelligent caching architecture, called multi-tier caching technology (MTC Technology) and AgileArray, a suite of drive-optimization features. For video surveillance applications, the company's ImagePerfect technology enables support for several high-resolution cameras.
Targeting the enterprise network-attached storage (NAS) market is the new IronWolf drive. Spinning at 7,200 RPM, IronWolf is the first in its class to feature rotational vibration sensors that minimize vibration in systems with multiple drives and error recovery control-assisted RAID optimization.
Seagate's new 10TB SkyHawk drives for the video surveillance market also employ rotational vibration sensors to minimize errors. The HDDs can support up to 64 cameras, claims the hard drive provider, enabling surveillance digital video recorders (DVRs) and network video recorders (NVRs) with expansive coverage and video capture capabilities. To help ensure that customers don't lose any valuable footage, Seagate offers an optional data recovery services option with SkyHawk HDDs.
Finally, the new BarraCuda Pro desktop HDD offers up to 10TB of capacity. Also spinning 7,200 RPM, the 3.5-inch drive includes a 256MB cache and can sustain data transfers of up to 220MB per second. The drive draws 6.8 watts of electricity, earning it the distinction of being one of the lowest-power 3.5-inch HDDs on the market, according to Seagate. BarraCuda Pro drives are backed by a 5-year warranty.
"Consumers and organizations today face a similar challenge -- what to do about the massive deluge of data and video they confront every day," said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of Client and Consumer Storage at Seagate, in a statement. "Whether it's dominating in the latest game, producing compelling multimedia content, mining data to help create new apps and business services, helping to protect people and places around the world against new threats, and more, the Seagate Guardian Series is designed to preserve your most critical data and move it where it's needed fast so you can make the most of it."
Seagate's Guardian Series HDDs make their debut a week after the company announced new layoffs. On July 11, the company said it plans to trim its workforce by 14 percent, or approximately 6,500 employees.
Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.