Seagate Unleashes First 8 TB Hard Drive

By Pedro Hernandez

Expect data storage systems vendors that source their hard disk drives (HDDs) from Seagate to boast even bigger capacity figures soon.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based HDD provider announced on Aug. 27 that it has sent off its new 8 TB enterprise HDD to select customers, earning the company the distinction of shipping the world's first HDD of that size. Currently, the company's enterprise hard drive lineup tops out at 6 TB.

In April, the company launched a 6 TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 drive. The 7,200 RPM self-encrypting disk drive ships with a host of business-friendly features, including a humidity sensor, wear-reducing ramp load technology and Instant Secure Erase support.

While specifics on the new 8 TB drive are scarce, Seagate did reveal that the 3.5-inch drive sports a SATA 6 Gbps interface and is aimed at systems that handle object storage and data backups. The drives are designed to serve as the storage foundation for arrays that are hoarding ever-increasing amounts of cloud data, generated in large part by the explosive popularity of mobile devices, according to Scott Horn, vice president of marketing at Seagate.

"As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data," stated Horn. As a consequence, cloud data center operators are pressured to find "ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers."

The company's answer is to pack more capacity onto spinning disks.

Seagate's upcoming 8 TB HDD provides ample capacity "needed to support the demand for high capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage."

It's a sentiment echoed by IDC research vice president John Rydning. "Public and private data centers are grappling with efficiently storing massive amounts of unstructured digital content," he said in prepared remarks. Seagate's super-sized HDD represents a "new option for improving storage density in the data center" that will enable IT organizations "to tackle one of the largest and fastest growing data categories within enterprise storage economically."

The company claims that the new drive will also keep electric bills in check. According to the company, its power-sipping components helps the hard drive attain "the best Watts/GB for enterprise bulk data storage in the industry."

Seagate's plans call for the 8 TB drive to be made generally available in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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

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This article was originally published on August 28, 2014