Seagate Technology has released 10TB hard disk drives filled with helium. In August 2014, Seagate launched its first 8TB sample hard drives and offered it exclusively to cloud providers. It also disclosed at that time that it will offer 10TB hard drives by the end of 2015 or early 2016.
Now, the company has kept its word and launched a 10 Terabytes helium filled enterprise class 3.5 inches hard drive which has seven platters and 14 heads.
Mark Re, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Seagate explained that the new product has been designed for data centric organizations located worldwide to solve the needs of their growing storage business.
Fan Ruiqi, the president of storage products at Huawei claimed that his company has tested the new product of Seagate and discovered that it has low power consumption and weighs much less than its rivals.
The highlight of this drive is that it has helium to create a turbulence free, quiet environment decreasing both friction and resistance on the platters. The report also claims that it delivers the lowest power/TB ratio and weight specifications for a 10TB HDD.
Seagate claims that its helium filled 10TB hard drive will be probably be available for $800 USD and will have 2.5 million hours of MTBF. Additionally, the device also comes in two variants, the 6Gb/s SATA and 12 GB/s SAS interface. The other specifications of the said drive are unavailable, but according to sources Seagate’s 10TB helium filled drives will have similar performance and power characteristics to the 10TB HGST drive of Western Digital.
High capacity drives are always a boon to OEMs which deal in NAS, IP SAN and video management systems. Therefore, let’s hope that the competition between Seagate and Western Digital will prove fruitful to the OEMs which include hard drives as basic components in all their produce.