Seagate rolls out world’s first 8TB hard drives

27 Aug 2014

Seagate has introduced the world’s first 8 terabyte (TB) hard disk, which it is aiming at cloud providers to deliver energy-efficient and reliable back-up disaster recovery storage.

The 8TB hard drive delivers bulk data-storage solutions for online content storage providing customers with the highest capacity density needed to address an ever-increasing amount of unstructured data in an industry-standard 3.5-inch HDD.

Providing up to 8TB in a single drive slot, the drive delivers maximum rack density, within an existing footprint, for the most efficient data centre floor space usage possible.

Outfitted with enterprise-class reliability and support for archive workloads, it features multi-drive RV tolerance for consistent enterprise-class performance in high-density environments. The drive also incorporates a proven SATA 6Gb/s interface for cost-effective, easy system integration in both private and public data centres.

Explosive growth in unstructured data

“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,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice-president of marketing.

“This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high-capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centres.

“Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the world’s first 8TB HDD, a ground-breaking new solution for meeting the increased capacities needed to support the demand for high-capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage,” Horn said.

Seagate said the first 8TB drives are shipping to selected customers with widescale availability in the next quarter.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years