Seagate Ships 10 Terabyte Helium Enterprise Hard Drive In Volume

Seagate first revealed its 10TB enterprise-class hard drives to us back in January, and at the time, the storage monsters were being sampled at Alibaba and Huawei. Now, those same drives, which Seagate claims are the “highest capacity drives available worldwide,” have entered regular production and are currently shipping.

The drives come in a 3.5-inch form-factor and are filled with helium, which helps to reduce power consumption. Given that these drives will likely be occupying space in countless server racks within data centers around the globe, any reduction in power is appreciated because companies can realize savings directly in their power bills.

The 10TB drive will come in two varieties -- 6Gb/s SATA and 12Gb/s SAS -- with both featuring perpendicular magnetic recording, seven platters, and 14 read heads. The drives are designed for “always-on” operation and come with a MTBF rating of 2.5 million hours and a 5-year warranty. The drives also come equipped with PowerChoice, which helps to manage power and cooling demands during idle time in an effort to reign in energy costs and PowerBalance, which helps to optimize IOPS per watt.

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“While we offer a number of impressive technology advantages, at the end of the day customers really want solutions and insights that help them better leverage the value of their data so they can offer services and capabilities unmatched by their competitors,” said Seagate Chief Technology Officer Mark Re. “Seagate’s 10TB helium drive is designed with these market mandates front of mind.”

Seagate’s customers are singing the praises of the new 10TB helium drives as well, with Don Clegg, Supermicro VP of Marketing and Business Development, adding, “With Supermicro’s 4U 60/90 3.5” top-load hot-swap bay server and single expander JBOD storage solutions, Seagate helium-based high capacity drives provide a robust foundation for building OpenStack cloud infrastructure, delivering maximum performance, scalability and capacity density at the lowest overall TCO.”

The Seagate 10TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD can be purchased today from various distributors including Ingram Micro, D&H, Avnet, and Synnex.