Thursday, 03 December 2015 10:31

WD/HGST ships world’s first 10TB helium filled drive

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It is the world’s first 10TB perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) hard disk drive (HDD) and provides the highest capacity, lowest power consumption per TB and the highest reliability rating of all HDDs on the market.

Following the acquisition of HGST this year WD can now sell HGST branded drives although the Chinese government in approving the deal has stipulated that the two brands and sales forces remain separate for two years. Helium drive technology has spread into WD's disk product line albeit retaining separate WD and HGST brands for what is effectively the same products.

“Our HelioSeal platform has defied next-generation expectations around capacity, reliability and power in HDDs,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. “We were the first to recognise the benefits of Helium and have pushed the boundaries while others are scrambling to catch up. The Ultrastar He10 represents the third generation of our HelioSeal line. It redefines enterprise capacity HDDs, showing the industry where storage devices need to go, to stay in front of the future that data growth is hurtling towards.”

This is WDC/HGST’s third-generation helium drive. WD expects the 10TB drives will be a key enabler of video, photo, business and other cloud-based applications, and will be a cornerstone for public and private cloud deployments moving forward.

“Netflix has built an industry-leading Content Delivery Network and these 10TB drives will allow us to quickly integrate, build more capacity and stream more movies to our consumers,” said David Fullagar, director of content delivery architecture, Netflix. “We’ve been using the HGST HelioSeal drives for a long time and not only do they give us more capacity, they have contributed to a lower overall power envelope and higher storage density, which has allowed us to maximise our data footprint and create a network that is optimised for TCO.”

The Ultrastar He10 offers a 25% increase in capacity over the previous generation and uses 56% fewer watts/TB than traditional air-filled HDDs, allowing data centre architects to achieve new levels of eco-environmental efficiency.

It builds on HGST’s best-in-class reliability standards, offering a 2.5 million hours mean-time-between-failures rating as well as a five-year warranty. It is available to all enterprise customers as a bare drive, and will be available in HGST’s Active Archive System for customers that require a petabyte-scale object storage system.

 


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