Seagate introduced a new business-focused hard drive this week, with one of the coolest product names around: the big-data Terascale HDD. The Terascale drives use high-density platters to pack 4TB of storage into a regular, 3.5-inch form factor. With promised 24×7 uptime reliability, the new drives are destined to find homes in today’s growing cloud infrastructure backends.
The company is claiming that their new Terascale drives deliver the same or better performance as competitive offerings, but can save customers up to 32% in power and cooling budgets.
A new technology called Seagate Instant Secure Erase promises to save 99% of the time involved in securely erasing drives for retirement: the new tech purports to cryptographically destroy or otherwise make unreadable the entire contents of the drive “with a single keystroke.”
Seagate showed off a new 2.5-inch server drive, too, that offers the same sort of speeds we’ve seen from high-speed, 15K RPM drives, but at a lower power draw. The company says that their new Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7 can hit the same speeds as older drives, claiming a 204MB/s throughput while spinning at ‘just’ 10,000RPM.
While these drives may be geared toward IT departments looking to upgrade their server farms to the latest and greatest, we wouldn’t mind seeing the technology (especially in the new 2.5-inch, 10K drive) find its way into intriguing new consumer equipment.