Thursday, November 7th 2013

Huawei to Utilize 6 TB HGST Helium-Filled Hard Disk Drives in Storage Systems

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that the company has entered a partnership with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), a leading HDD provider, to deploy the new HGST Ultrastar He6 6 terabyte (TB) helium-filled hard disk drives (HDDs) into its storage systems. Being one of the first vendors across the world to employ HGST's helium-filled HDDs, which feature the largest capacity in the industry, Huawei is dedicated to providing storage products and solutions with high capacities and reduced power consumption.

"Huawei is very glad to collaborate with HGST in the helium-filled hard drive domain. With a high-density design, the integration of this technology into Huawei's storage systems, will enable us to provide customers with storage products and solutions that offer bigger capacity, higher efficiency and lower power-consumption," said Mr. Fan Ruiqi, President of Storage Product Line, Huawei Enterprise.

"Huawei is one of the world's leading information and communications solutions providers, and HGST is excited to be collaborating with them on enhancing its innovative storage solutions utilizing our new 6 TB HGST Ultrastar He6 helium hard drives," said Mr. James Ho, Vice President, Asia Pacific, HGST. "With our industry-leading HelioSeal technology platform and the advantages of drive's high capacity, low power and low temperature, Huawei will be able to expand its product line with a strong competitive offering that will increase system storage density for better scalability and storage efficiency at a lower TCO for its data center customers."

Filled with helium gas instead of air, helium HDDs break the capacity limit caused by head recording of traditional HDDs, as helium gas has a far lower density which does not only help reduce aerodynamic shear resistance generated by platter movement in drives, it also allows standard 3.5-inch drives to house more platters. By deploying helium-filled HDDs while incorporating advanced high-density storage architecture, Huawei improves the capacity density of its storage systems by 87.5%, reduces power consumption required by 23%, and brings down room temperature generated by the machine by 4°C, as compared to current industry standards.

In addition, with the deployment of helium HDDs, Huawei further strengthens its position in Immersion Cooling Solution (ICS) for storage systems. ICS enables devices to maintain a stable operating temperature at a reduced cost. It also sets a foundation for future innovative designs of storage systems and data centers.

Through continuous innovations in storage technologies, Huawei is committed to providing advanced storage solutions for customers such as media organizations and scientific research institutions that need to store and manage massive data, helping them save space in their equipment rooms, bring down energy costs, and minimize noise pollution.
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10 Comments on Huawei to Utilize 6 TB HGST Helium-Filled Hard Disk Drives in Storage Systems

#1
Dj-ElectriC
For the love of everything that is overclockable, could someone explain to me how the hell do you pronounce this name? Huawei?
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EzioAs
by: Dj-ElectriC
For the love of everything that is overclockable, could someone explain to me how the hell do you pronounce this name? Huawei?
Isn't it "Hu(Who) - a(wa) - wei(way)"?
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Zubasa
by: EzioAs
Isn't it "Hu(Who) - a(wa) - wei(way)"?
It is just Hua+Wei ;)
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RCoon
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by: Dj-ElectriC
For the love of everything that is overclockable, could someone explain to me how the hell do you pronounce this name? Huawei?
But you cant overclock a He HDD
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#5
EzioAs
by: Zubasa
It is just Hua+Wei ;)
Yeah, that's how I pronounced it but I just wanted to be a little bit more specific. :)
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RejZoR
by: Zubasa
It is just Hua+Wei ;)
It's so strange why Americans (or maybe English speaking nations) often have horrible problems pronouncing anything foreign.
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DayKnight
by: Zubasa
It is just Hua+Wei ;)
This.


As for the topic, I prefer singe HDD with huge capacities and this is lovely but that Helium thing... that, I dont like.
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#8
xvi
HGST announced theses drives earlier and there's a discussion in the previous news article.

They claim to lower TCO, but I wonder how long the drives have to be spun up before the power savings outweighs the increase in cost over conventional drives. Then again, if you need, say, 24 TB of storage, having four drives instead of six should also help power consumption.
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NC37
by: RejZoR
It's so strange why Americans (or maybe English speaking nations) often have horrible problems pronouncing anything foreign.
Cause English is a very dull language. It borrows from everyone but doesn't have much elegance. We also don't like taking 2mins to figure out the right pronunciation, hence bad English dubs of Japan anime.

Course there is the flip side to that. English in anime is usually worse than something a toddler would say. I've only heard one series which brought in an actual English actor to speak English. The rest is just baby talk when you hear them. So there are plenty who cannot pronounce things in English very well either. But I can't blame them. Usually like Japanese their language doesn't have certain characters or pronunciations which English does so they need to translate a word a 2nd time into something they can pronounce.
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NdMk2o1o
by: RejZoR
It's so strange why Americans (or maybe English speaking nations) often have horrible problems pronouncing anything foreign.
The same can be said for non-native English speaking nations in Europe who can't pronounce things like "J" (Jif was a well know brand of cleaning product in the UK for many many years and changed it's name about 10 years ago to Cif (Siff) as our European neighbours couldn't seem to get there tongues around the J, obviously there are many more examples but it's no different the other way around. And don't even get me started on some Asian and middle eastern languages :toast:
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