To meet the rapidly growing storage demands of cloud-based data centers, data storage company Seagate Technology is introducing its first 10 TB hard disk drive, the Seagate Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD. While the drive features a standard 3.5-inch CMR (communications riser cable) design, it also offers a unique element: a helium-enclosed environment to reduce friction and noise.
Among the first customers to begin using the new Seagate HDD are China-based networking and telecommunications giant Huawei and the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group.
According to recent data from the Synergy Research Group, demand for cloud-based services and technologies grew by 28 percent in 2015, reaching a total market value of $110 billion. Coupled with rapid growth in both structured and unstructured data, the expansion of cloud computing is fueling an increased need for data storage devices such as those made by Seagate.
Sealed in Helium for Quiet Operations
"Cloud-based data center storage needs are expanding faster than many current infrastructures can sustain, rendering the capacity demands of users a herculean task for cloud managers," said Mark Re, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Seagate, in a statement. "Built on our years of research and development of sealed-drive technology, our new helium-based enterprise drive is designed precisely to help data-centric organizations worldwide solve the needs of their growing storage business."
The 10 TB Seagate Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD features seven platters and 14 heads sealed in helium for a "turbulence-free, quiet environment," according to Seagate. The technology delivers what the company said are the lowest power-to-terabyte ratios and weight specifications currently available for a 10 TB HDD.
The new hard disk drive also provides 25 percent more storage density, which enables users to "dramatically increase petabytes per rack," Seagate said.
As the company's first helium-based HDD, the new drive will help data centers better and more cost-effectively deal with "the challenge of efficiently storing massive amounts of unstructured digital data," according to John Rydning, research vice president for hard disk drives at the analyst firm IDC.
Data Volumes Doubling Every 2 Years
Fueled by the growing demand for everything from mobile computing to smart, connected homes, cars and businesses, the cloud-based data center sector is seeing exponential growth in data handling and storage demands. In fact, the world's total volume of digital data is doubling every two years and will reach 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020, according to a 2014 Digital Universe study from EMC and IDC.
The data storage industry research firm Trendfocus recently reported that 145 million hard disk and solid state storage devices with a total capacity of 143 exabytes shipped in just the third quarter of 2015. Seagate, along with Western Digital, leads the market for HDD storage.
Available for shipping to "select customers" around the world, the new 10 TB HDD from Seagate comes in both 6 GB/second SATA and 12 GB/second SAS interfaces. Seagate said the new drives also offer improved mean-time-between-failure rates of 2.5 million hours.