Seagate ships fastest 6TB drive for public, private cloud data centers

US-based storage solutions company Seagate Technology recently announced of shipping its new 6 terabytes of hard disk drive meant to cater to the explosive growth of corporate and cloud-based data centers. 

Called Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4, the product is poised to meet the challenges of unstructured data growth which has become a never-ending demand in both private and public cloud data centers. 

Seagate said the digital universe will reach 16 Zettabytes of data by as early as 2017. Providers are now faced with the challenge to look for innovative ways to store more within an existing footprint while lowering operational costs. 

The Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 features fastest performance available for a nearline HDD. It enables faster data transfers by building on an eighth-generation platform that enables the drive to deliver up to a 25 percent increase in performance over competing 6TB drives— making it ideal for 24 X 7 bulk data storage. 

Utilizing the latest generation of 12Gb/s SAS, the drive provides customers with the scalability for future-proofing their systems. It is also available in an enterprise-ready SATA 6Gb/s interface for easy system integration.



A family of drives with up to 6TB of capacity, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 provides customers with the highest capacity density needed to address an ever increasing amount of unstructured data in an industry-standard 3.5-inch HDD. 

Also supporting the highest density storage per square foot in the industry, the drive features a 50 percent increase in capacity over the last generation (4TB) nearline drive. 

The drive is touted as “ideal” for both replicated and RAID environments since it delivers a lower TCO for enterprise storage by providing the highest capacity available without sacrificing performance. 

Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 likewise employs multi-drive rotational vibration tolerance for consistent enterprise-class performance and accurate data storage in high density environments. With its robust 7200-RPM performance, ramp load technology, and a humidity sensor, it delivers optimum performance even in the harshest environments. 

The drive is also reportedly purpose-built for enterprise environments, as it utilizes the T10 and T13-compliant power management standards enabling organizations to tailor systems for optimal energy usage resulting in up to 90 percent more power savings. 

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 Key Features: 

• Industry-Leading Performance— 25 percent faster than competitive 6TB drives.
• Highest Capacity Available—Up to 6TB per drive for maximum density server and storage solutions.
• Enterprise-Class Reliability— Industry-leading rotational vibration tolerance for consistent performance and enhanced error correction for accurate data storage.
• Best-in-Class Security— Self-Encrypting Drives (SED) with Instant Secure Erase for easy drive disposal or repurposing and FIPS SED security options.


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