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Buffalo Adds HGST Helium-Filled HDDs to NAS Product

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Buffalo Americas had announced the launch of a new enterprise network attached storage (NAS) solution. The TeraStation 7120r Enterprise 72TB 2U Rackmount NAS aims to allow for storage capacity expansions without breaking the bank through adding rack space, storage units and lower power consumption. How Buffalo aims to do this is through new 6TB HGST Ultrastar He6 helium-filled hard drives.

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The TeraStation 7120r has the following specification:

  • Intel Xeon E3-1275 quad-core CPU
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • Twelve 6TB Ultrastar He6 hard drives
  • RAID support (0 – 61)

The new enterprise NAS solution is VMware certified and Citrix ready. It also comes with Active Directory support, disk quota support, share level replication, hot-swap drives, quad Gigabit Ethernet ports (up to 4 Gbps), iSCSI targeting and limited PCI-Express add-on support.

For Buffalo, the biggest selling point of the TeraStation 7120r is HGST's new helium-filled hard drives. "We are excited to embrace HGST's revolutionary Ultrastar He6 helium-filled hard drives to offer the industry's largest capacity 2U NAS solution, with the goal of lowering [total cost of ownership] for high-capacity enterprise applications and data centers," said Brian Verenkoff, the director of product management at Buffalo.

Buffalo's TeraStation 7120r Enterprise 72TB 2U Rackmount NASBuffalo's TeraStation 7120r Enterprise 72TB 2U Rackmount NASBecause helium is lighter than air, the spinning disk inside the drive deals with less turbulence than your average hard drive disk. HGST's new drives also use the 3.5 inch form factor, increasing the possible storage capacity by 50 percent, bringing it from 4TB to 6TB.

The helium-filled drives could reduce power consumption in a couple of ways. First, the power use of the drive itself is reduced; power consumption when idle is brought down 23 percent to 5.3 Watts and the Watts to TB ratio is improved by 49 percent. Buffalo also estimates the helium-filled drives stay 4-5 degrees Celsius cooler than your average HDD.

"By incorporating the world's first helium-filled hard drives with an industry-leading 6 TB, Buffalo is delivering a compelling solution that can improve storage density, while reducing power and cooling -- all in the same 2U form factor," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at Buffalo.

Buffalo's TeraStation 7120r is currently available in Japan but will be available in the US and Canada at a later date. The cost is currently estimated at $19,999.99.