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HGST Ups the Enterprise Storage Game with 10TB HDD

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

HGST announced a series of new products, from disk and flash-based storage to new Virident Space flash storage management software, and an Active Archive storage platform for cool to cold data applications. Read: Enterprise Storage: New Technologies and the Future of HDDs

10 TB SMR HelioSeal HDD

HGST's 10 TB SMR HelioSeal HDD is aimed at cool to cold storage applications. The 10 TB capacity is achieved by a combination of the company's HelioSeal technology and Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR).

HelioSeal technology replaces air with helium within the drive, which the company says reduces air turbulence and permits higher storage capacities with lower operating temperatures.

With SMR, data tracks written to a disk are partially overlapped like shingles on a roof which enables higher track density. These overlapping tracks are better suited for continuous writing/erasing rather than small random access updates. Owing to this fact, these disks are more suitable to longer term storage applications.

Ultrastar He8

HGST's new Ultrastar He8 3.5 inch HDD delivers one-third more capacity and 23 percent lower power consumption, according to the company. The HelioSeal technology enables the use of a 7 disk design in a traditional 3.5 inch form factor. These latest drives come in 8 TB and 6 TB models and are said to deliver 3X faster random write performance over the previous Ultrastar He6 series. Read: HGST Helium-Filled 6TB HDDs Ready To Ship

Ultrastar 7K6000

In addition to the new HelioSeal enabled HDDs, HGST also announced the Ultrastar 7K6000 series of standard air-filled 3.5 inch hard drives. The new drives feature up to 50 percent increased capacity (6 TB up from 4 TB) and 25 percent increased sequential performance over previous offerings while using 30 percent less power.

The Ultrastar He8 and 7K6000 series HDDs feature a 128MB cache and a choice of 12Gb/s SAS or 6Gb/s SATA interfaces. For security these drives feature the Instate Secure Erase (ISE) and a Trusted Computing Group (TCG) option, with a Federal Information Protection Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification. The drives come with a 2M hour MTBF rating and a 5 year warranty.

NVMe-compliant Ultrastar SN100 PCIe SSDs

HGST's new NVMe-compliant Ultrastar SN100 PCIe SSDs, built with Toshiba MLC NAND Flash, come in either a half-height, half-length PCIe card or standard 2.5-inch drive form factor. Storage capacities of up to 3.2 TB will be made available. HGST has optimized its CellCare NAND management for Toshiba's MLC NAND Flash deployed with these devices. Read: Building a Business Case for Flash Storage

HGST says it will be implementing NVMe-compatible software extensions, which will work with these drives, and deliver up to two times performance for clustering and caching while doubling device endurance.

Using Virident Solutions Space for Linux, an any-to-any relationship can be established between 128 hosts and 16 FlashMAX SSDs. Given that each FlashMAX device can have a 4.8 TB capacity, replication can potentially deliver a 38.4 TB flash cluster. Scaling up the cluster can be done by adding a new FlashMAX SSD to a server or by adding a new server with an SSD.

Virident Space

Space is HGST's latest addition to its Virident Solutions 2.0 storage management software suite. Space is a Logical Volume Management module and has the ability to cluster up to 128 servers and 16 flashMAX SSD devices into a single logical volume which can be subsequently subdivided into smaller volumes and sized to suit application needs. HGST bills this as the first ever technology for PCIe SSDs that allows for clustering and aggregation capabilities that mirror those of a SAN Array Volume Manager.

When using Space for Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), Space utilizes the KVM environment as a virtual SAN under which a pool of Flash storage can be used for application acceleration. When used with Red Hat Global File System (GFS), Space can create a flash-based shared file system featuring high performance and granular volume management.

Active Archive Platform

Addressing the needs of companies that hope to extract value out of data, which once would be archived to tape or optical disk, HGST's Active Archive Platform offers users the ability to store over ten petabytes of HDD-based storage in a single data center rack. By using high capacity/low power consumption technologies, such as the company's HelioSeal and SMR, HGST looks to meet the needs of customers who need to archive large amounts of data such as video, unstructured data streams, and imaging data, while retaining the ability for retrieval at practical data rates.

According to HGST, the 10 TB SMR HelioSeal HDD, SN100 SSD and Active Archive are currently in the sampling phase; the Ultrastar He8 and Ultrastar 7K6000 are being qualified by OEM companies and customers; and HGST's Virident Space is being tested by hyperscale customers worldwide.

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