HDDs

Western Digital said at OCP Global Summit last week that over half of hard drives for data centers will use shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology in 2023. At present Western Digital is the only supplier of SMR HDDs managed by hosts, but the technology is gaining support by hardware, software, and applications. SMR technology to boost capacity of hard drives fairly easily but at the cost of some performance trade-offs due to the read-modify-write cycle introduced by shingled tracks. Since operators of datacenters are interested in maximizing their storage capacities, they are inclined to invest in software that can mitigate peculiarities of SMR. As a result, several years after Western Digital introduced its first host-managed SMR HDDs, more and more companies are adopting them. Right...

Western Digital to Shut Down HDD Manufacturing Facility, Increase Production of SSDs

Western Digital this week announced plans to shut down its HDD assembly facility (near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) by the end of 2019, and then sell the property. The factory...

24 by Anton Shilov on 7/19/2018

Toshiba’s 14 TB HDDs Now Available from Supermicro

Toshiba was the first maker of hard drives to announce a PMR-based 14 TB HDD last December and apparently it is the first company to start their commercial shipments...

24 by Anton Shilov on 7/13/2018

SilverStone Preps IP68 Water- and Dust- Proof Enclosure for 2.5-Inch Drives

Rugged as well as water/dust-proof hardware usually comes in specially designed factory-sealed enclosures and is sold at a premium. SilverStone believes that if an enclosure is made right, it...

5 by Anton Shilov on 6/21/2018

Seagate Shows Off 14 TB Exos HDD, Promises Consumer 14 TB Drives in Q4

Seagate is among many companies that do not announce a new stack of products at every trade show because design-in cycles of modern storage devices are fairly long and...

10 by Anton Shilov on 6/6/2018

ATTO Connects SAS HDDs/SSDs/Tape Drives to Thunderbolt 3 PCs

Thunderbolt 3-enabled computers continue to gain compatibility with various exotic and special-purpose devices. ATTO this week released its ThunderLink 3128 SATA/SAS Thunderbolt 3 adapter, which can allow a Thunderbolt...

8 by Anton Shilov on 5/11/2018

Western Digital Launches Ultrastar DC HC530 14 TB PMR with TDMR HDD

On Wednesday, Western Digital introduced its highest capacity hard drive based on conventional magnetic recording to date. The HGST Ultrastar DC HC530 can store 14 TB of data and...

20 by Anton Shilov on 4/18/2018

Toshiba Launches S300 and V300 HDDs for Surveillance and Video Applications

Toshiba introduced two new families of retail 3.5-inch hard drives designed for surveillance and video streaming applications. The S300 lineup will offer high performance and up to 10 TB...

6 by Anton Shilov on 4/17/2018

Seagate Announces Exos X14: a Helium-Filled 14 TB PMR HDD

Seagate this week formally introduced its first hard drive with 14 TB capacity aimed at cloud datacenters that does not use shingled magnetic recording. The new Exos X14 HDDs...

10 by Anton Shilov on 3/21/2018

HGST Ultrastar 7K6 & 7K8 Enterprise HDDs: Up to 8 TB, 9th Gen PMR

This week Western Digital has introduced a new breed of HGST-branded server-class hard drives targeting “mainstream” applications that require 24/7 availability as well as enterprise-grade reliability and performance, but...

2 by Anton Shilov on 1/25/2018

Sharkoon Launches Quickstore One USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Storage Device DIY Kit

Sharkoon this week introduced a new DIY kit that lets users build their own external storage device featuring a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface with a USB Type-C connector...

16 by Anton Shilov on 1/20/2018

Toshiba Samples AL15SE HDDs: Up to 2.4 TB, 10K RPM, SAS

Toshiba has announced that it has begun sampling of its new generation of SAS hard drives with a 10,500 RPM spindle speed. The new AL15SE HDDs are aimed at...

23 by Anton Shilov on 1/3/2018

Seagate’s Multi Actuator Technology to Address HDD IOPS Woes

Seagate introduced its new Multi-Actuator Technology (MAT) for hard drives earlier this month. It promises to increase hard drive performance by using two or more sets of actuator arms...

88 by Anton Shilov on 12/29/2017

Toshiba Launches MN06ACA 10 TB HDD for NAS: 7 Platters, Up to 249 MB/s

Toshiba continues to apply its seven-platter HDD platform to new applications and market segments, increasing hard drive capacity to 10 TB and slightly improving performance. Recently the company introduced...

10 by Anton Shilov on 12/14/2017

Toshiba Announces 14 TB PMR MG07ACA HDD: 9 Platters, Helium-Filled, 260 MB/s

Toshiba is announcing its first family of helium-filled hard drives today. It includes the industry’s first 14 TB HDD with nine platters featuring perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology without...

24 by Anton Shilov on 12/7/2017

Toshiba Unveils 10TB HDDs for Video Surveillance: Support for up to 64 HD Streams

Toshiba has announced its third-generation SV-series hard drives designed for always-on video surveillance applications. The new HDDs can record videos from 64 HD cameras simultaneously, offer up to 10...

10 by Anton Shilov on 11/30/2017

Marvell to Acquire Cavium for $5.5 Billion, Augmenting Marvell's CPU, Networking, & Security Assets

Marvell and Cavium on Monday announced that they had reached a definitive buyout agreement. Under the terms of the transaction, Marvell will acquire all outstanding shares of Cavium for...

11 by Anton Shilov on 11/21/2017

Toshiba Commercializes SDK’s 9th Gen PMR, Tech Enables 14 TB PMR HDDs in 2018

Toshiba recently started to ship its single-platter 1 TB 2.5”/7 mm hard drives in the HDD market for notebooks. The drive is based on Showa Denko K.K.’s (SDK) 9th...

8 by Anton Shilov on 11/20/2017

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12TB HDD Review

Data storage requirements have seen an exponential increase over the last several years. Both cloud and local storage requirements continue to be served by hard drives where workloads are...

62 by Ganesh T S on 11/15/2017

Seagate Launches SkyHawk AI HDDs for Intelligent NVRs

Seagate has released a new family of hard drives for intelligent network video recorders (NVRs) with 'AI capabilities'. The new Skyhawk AI HDDs are built to simultaneously record footage...

9 by Anton Shilov on 11/1/2017

Western Digital Now Shipping 14 TB HDDs: HGST Ultrastar Hs14 with 1000 Gb/in2

Western Digital has started to ship its new HGST Ultrastar Hs14 hard drives, promoted as being suitable for cloud datacenters and for hyperscale developments. The capacity increase from its...

34 by Anton Shilov on 11/1/2017

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