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World’s First 10TB Enterprise HDD for Active Archive Applications

Published: Jun 09,2015

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HGST announced the first enterprise-class 10TB (terabyte) hard disk drive (HDD) for next-generation active archive applications. The host-managed Ultrastar Archive Ha10 SMR HDD sets a new standard in enabling the world’s densest server and storage systems with unprecedented TCO levels.

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This product is the result of combining two complementary technologies – HGST’s second generation, field-proven HelioSeal platform and shingled magnetic recording (SMR) – to deliver unmatched storage density and power efficiency, without compromising reliability and performance predictability. With an industry-leading 10TB capacity, the Ultrastar Archive Ha10 gives customers a time-to-market capacity advantage for archival environments and applications where data is sequentially written and randomly read, such as social media, cloud storage, online backup, life sciences as well as media and entertainment.

HGST recognizes SMR as core technology necessary in driving areal density increases. By overlapping or “shingling” the data tracks on top of each other, higher areal density can be achieved within the same physical footprint. Based on feedback from customers whose data center environments demand predictable performance and control of how data is handled, HGST has implemented a host-managed SMR solution. The sequential write behavior of host-managed SMR complements active archive workloads.

The Ultrastar Archive Ha10 is the third of HGST’s helium-based HDDs launched in less than two years. It underscores the sustainability, applicability, and success of its HelioSeal technology with well over one million units deployed to date. HGST continues to address data growth and long-term data retention by investing in a multi-generational path of SMR-based HDDs with HelioSeal. The Ultrastar Archive Ha10 and its subsequent SMR-based successors will consistently deliver the highest capacity with the lowest TCO.

Based on the proven HelioSeal platform, the Ultrastar Archive Ha10 leads the market in reliability and data integrity for active archive applications. The drive is rated at two million hours mean time between failure (MTBF), offers a five-year limited warranty, a 10-15 unrecoverable reduced bit error rate, rotational vibration safeguards, and 600K load/unload cycles, making it the optimal enterprise-class solution for active archive workloads. Customers who are driven by the capacity, performance and low TCO are already capitalizing on value of the Ha10 HDD.

“We are in the era of data explosion, which has brought huge challenges to massive data management with increasing data storage costs and demand for instant access to all data,” said Yuan Yuan, vice president of Huawei IT Storage Product Line. “Huawei is pleased to see the launch of HGST Ultrastar Archive Ha10 with 10TB single drive capacity and its application in Huawei’s OceanStor storage system. Huawei will continue cooperating with its partners in innovative technology development and applications so as to help customers tackle various challenges posed by massive data management.”

“As Europe’s leading cloud service provider, our growth has been unprecedented. Our ability to scale efficiently, quickly, and smartly is premised on innovative products and technologies that are right-sized for a compute and storage-rich environment,” said Miroslaw Klaba, vice president of research and development, OVH.

“We have identified both HelioSeal and host-managed SMR as two cornerstone recording technologies that provide a transformational means to our datacenter deployment and service offerings. We continue to partner with HGST on solutions that put us on an accelerated path for PB-scale deployment at low TCO.”

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