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Seagate Begins Testing 8 TB Hard Drives Among Enterprise Customers

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  1. btarunr

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    With its 6 TB desktop hard drives selling for as low as $300, Seagate is pushing up the density envelope. The company is ready with functional engineering samples of its 8 TB (8,000 GB) hard drives, and has sent them over to major enterprise (hosting / cloud) customers for reliability testing and feedback. Seagate CEO Steve Luczo revealed this, at last week's Q4FY earnings call, responding to a question.

    Seagate is eyeing customers among cloud storage providers with its gargantuan hard drives. Cost-effective cloud storage is being seen as the biggest driver of storage capacity expansion among hard drive makers. On the subject of its upcoming drives, Luczo stated: "While it's still early in the development of our Kinetic object-based storage platform, we are in deep technical discussions with a very broad-base of enterprise customers. We believe our focus on developing key values for object-based storage will make the Kinetic platform a differentiated offering in the cloud storage marketplace." Seagate didn't mention when it plans to actually launch the 8 TB drive, as that would depend on the kind of feedback it receives from those customers.

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    Cool. The capacity increase is nice and Kinetic Storage is very interesting; basically the drive is it's own NAS. Has an Ethernet interface and you get/set data as you would an object.
     
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    And what type of cloud storage customers are going to give a cold reception to larger HDDs?

    This announcement seems like a way for Seagate to steal some of Western Digital's spotlight (release of its RED 6TB) without actually having a new product ready. Seagate already had a 6TB NAS hard drive before Western Digital, so I'm surprised that wasn't flaunted instead.
     
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    LOL. Good point. 8TB is still a ways off so that was clearly their purpose.

    On another note, I am waiting for WD 6TB Blacks to be announced because I am not sold on HGST.
     
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    5400 rpm? our 7200?
     
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    The Red is Intellipoint; so it is in the 5k RPM range. The Red Pro is 7200 RPM.
     

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