January 15, 2021 10:50 pm
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Western Digital launches 14TB enterprise-class hard drive for data centers

This hard drive features host-managed shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology and delivers 40 percent more capacity and more than twice the sequential write performance of its SMR predecessor, said company

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Data storage firm said that it is providing cloud and hyperscale data centers a 14TB enterprise-class hard drive. This features host-managed shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology and delivers 40 percent more capacity and more than twice the sequential write performance of its SMR predecessor, enabling more economical and efficient capture of the growing volume and variety of data, said Western Digital.

Company is of the view that as data grows exponentially, storing it all in an affordable and accessible manner is an ongoing challenge for enterprise and cloud service data center operators. With a focus on total cost of ownership (TCO), the factors of capacity per rack, power consumption, cooling, maintenance, and acquisition cost are all paramount.

“To combat the big data challenge, Ultrastar Hs14 drives deliver capacity and online watt/TB power efficiency for extremely low TCO by harnessing two core complimentary technologies – fourth generation HelioSeal technology, and second generation host-managed SMR – along with enterprise-class reliability, claimed Western Digital.

“Over 70 percent of the exabytes Western Digital ships into the capacity enterprise segment are on helium-based high-capacity drives and continue to support customers with outstanding reliability, performance and value Quality of Service (QoS),” stated Mark Grace, senior vice president of devices at Western Digital.

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