Monday, 23 April 2018 11:29

Western Digital releases biggest CMR hard drive

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Storage vendor Western Digital has released what it claims to be the biggest conventional magnetic recording hard drive in the industry at 14TB.

The Ultrastar DC HC530 is built on the company's fifth-generation HelioSeal technology and designed for public and private cloud environments, a statement said.

The new drive is a follow-up to the industry’s first 14TB shingled magnetic recording drive and is claimed to deliver drop-in simplicity for random write workloads in enterprise and cloud data centres.

Since 2014, WD has been using its patented HelioSeal process to seal helium in the drive to provide what it claims is unbeatable capacity, exceptional power efficiency and long-term data centre reliability.

The low-power design is claimed not to compromise performance, while contributing to its overall TCO advantages. Both SAS and SATA interfaces will be available.

wd drive vertBrendan Collins, vice-president of marketing, Devices, Western Digital, said: "Our enterprise and hyperscale cloud customers demand reliability with the highest capacities and densities to deliver the lowest TCO for business-critical applications.

"Having invented, brought to market and delivered five generations of industry-leading innovations in helium technology, and with more than 27 million drives shipped, our ability to maintain high quality and reliability have made us the trusted partner of top-tier cloud providers, Internet giants and OEMs around the world.”

Chinese ISP Tencent is adopting Western Digital’s HelioSeal-based hard drives for its Tencent Cloud data centres.

Huang Bing Qi, director of Tencent Cloud, said, “As the volume of data continues to expand, our customers look to us to provide speed, agility and longevity for a variety of applications, workloads and outcomes.

"Western Digital’s helium-filled HDDs provide the low power and high capacity we need to meet these demands in a cost-efficient and reliable manner. Tencent Cloud has already deployed 12TB HelioSeal HDDs and we are excited to work with Western Digital to qualify the new 14TB Ultrastar DC HC530 drives.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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