Seagate Ships World's Fastest 6TB Drive For Scale-out, Cloud-based Data Centers

Apr 07, 2014

New Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 Delivers Industry-leading Performance, Ultra-High Capacity and Eighth-Generation Enterprise Reliability

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ:STX), a world leader in storage solutions, today announced it is now shipping the world’s fastest 6TB hard disk drive (HDD) — the Seagate® Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. Boasting industry-leading performance, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 is an important step forward in scale-out data infrastructures delivering supersize storage and enterprise reliability to meet the explosive growth of corporate and cloud-based data centers.

“Unstructured data growth is doubling exponentially and will propel the digital universe to reach 16 Zettabytes of data by as early as 20171. This will cause cloud service providers to look for innovative ways to store more within an existing footprint while lowering operational costs,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. “Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the fastest 6TB enterprise capacity HDD based on our proven, reliable platform meeting this never-ending demand in both private and public cloud data centers.”

Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4

Featuring the fastest performance available for a nearline HDD, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 enables faster data transfers by building on an eighth-generation platform that enables the drive to deliver up to a 25 percent increase in performance over competing 6TB drives— making it ideal for 24 X 7 bulk data storage. Utilizing the latest generation of 12Gb/s SAS, the drive provides customers with the scalability for future-proofing their systems. It is also available in an enterprise-ready SATA 6Gb/s interface for easy system integration.

“Supermicro’s new TwinPro and wide range of SuperServer, SuperStorage solutions all feature integrated 12Gb/s SAS 3.0 support enabling full and immediate access to the maximum performance and capacity offered by Seagate’s new 6TB 12Gb/s Enterprise-class HDDs, ” said Wally Liaw, vice president of sales, international at Supermicro. “In addition to the increased I/O bandwidth, our SAS3 optimized platforms are cost competitive with current SAS2 6Gb/s enabled systems offering customers not only performance but also accelerated ROI advantages. With Seagate’s new 6TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4, Supermicro now offers the most cost effective scale-out storage solutions maximized for performance, density and energy efficiency in enterprise, data center, cloud and HPC applications. “

A family of drives with up to 6TB of capacity, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 provides customers with the highest capacity density needed to address an ever increasing amount of unstructured data in an industry-standard 3.5-inch HDD. Supporting the highest density storage per square foot in the industry, it features a 50 percent increase in capacity over the last generation (4TB) nearline drive. Ideal for both replicated and RAID environments, the drive delivers a lower TCO for enterprise storage by providing the highest capacity available without sacrificing performance. 

The drive employs multi-drive rotational vibration tolerance for consistent enterprise-class performance and accurate data storage in high density environments. With its robust 7200-RPM performance, ramp load technology, and a humidity sensor, it delivers optimum performance even in the harshest environments. Purpose-built for enterprise environments, the drive utilizes the T10 and T13-compliant power management standards enabling organizations to tailor systems for optimal energy usage resulting in up to 90 percent more power savings.

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 Key Features:

  • Industry-Leading Performance— 25 percent faster than competitive 6TB drives.
  • Highest Capacity Available—Up to 6TB per drive for maximum density server and storage solutions.
  • Enterprise-Class Reliability— Industry-leading rotational vibration tolerance for consistent performance and enhanced error correction for accurate data storage.
  • Best-in-Class Security— Self-Encrypting Drives (SED) with Instant Secure Erase for easy drive disposal or repurposing and FIPS SED security options.

The drive is shipping now to select Cloud partners and resellers globally. It will also be integrated into Seagate business and branded storage products starting this spring. To learn more about the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 please visit http://seagate.com/www/6TB_Drive.

Quote Sheet
“Cloud service providers across the globe are amassing terabytes of digital content each month and we expect this number to continue its aggressive growth in the coming year,” noted Dave Reinsel, IDC’s group vice president for storage and semiconductors. “With this immense appetite in mind and looking at cloud architecture’s boundless demand for solid-performing and reliable drives — reaching higher capacities, like Seagate did with its new, traditional  6TB drive, should be well received by IT managers looking to meet their data center’s soaring need for storage with the performance.”  

“QNAP is excited to offer support for Seagate’s new 6TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 to our users. With 50 percent greater storage density and optimized performance for nearline workloads, it is ideal for meeting the needs of our cloud data center customers who demand optimized hardware for their unique workloads as well as our high capacity SAS-enabled Turbo NAS users who demand high capacity and high reliability data storage,” said Meiji Chang, general manager of QNAP.

“Synology is very pleased to be working with Seagate on enhancing its device offerings. The integration of Seagate’s new 6TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 into our upcoming product lines will help us provide our customers with faster access to their content while offering a new set of increased capacities,” said Alex Wang, CEO of Synology, Inc.

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Copyright 2014 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in t he United States and/or other countries. When referring to drive capacity, one terabyte, or TB, equals one thousand billion bytes. Your computer’s operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and will not be available for data storage.

1Source: IDC, “Where in the World Is Storage: A Look at Byte Density Across the Globe”IDC Doc# 243338, October 2013.