Tuesday, October 3rd 2017

HGST Announces World's First 14 Terabyte Hard Drive

Western Digital Corp., a global data storage technology and solutions leader, today announced that it is providing cloud and hyperscale data centers the capacity required by big data applications with the world's first 14TB enterprise-class hard drive featuring host-managed shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology. Western Digital's HGST-branded Ultrastar Hs14 delivers 40 percent more capacity and more than twice the sequential write performance of its SMR predecessor, enabling more economical and efficient capture of the growing volume and variety of data.

The future is built on the insights and predictive power of big data. As data grows exponentially, storing it all in an affordable and accessible manner is an ongoing challenge for enterprise and cloud service data center operators. With a focus on total cost of ownership (TCO), the factors of capacity per rack, power consumption, cooling, maintenance, and acquisition cost are all paramount. To combat the big data challenge, Ultrastar Hs14 drives deliver unprecedented capacity leadership and online watt/TB power efficiency for extremely low TCO by harnessing two core complimentary technologies - fourth generation HelioSeal technology, and second generation host-managed SMR - along with enterprise-class reliability.
These mature, field-proven technologies provide the foundation for delivering efficient, quality and reliable performance required by cloud and hyperscale environments, perfect for ultra-dense scale-out storage systems running sequential write workloads. By utilizing SMR technology, Ultrastar Hs14 HDDs offer a 16 percent increase in capacity while keeping highly predictable, highly reliable performance.

"Over 70 percent of the exabytes Western Digital ships into the capacity enterprise segment are on helium-based high-capacity drives and continue to support customers with outstanding reliability, performance and value Quality of Service (QoS)," said Mark Grace, senior vice president of devices at Western Digital. "The TCO and reliability benefits of our HelioSeal platform are the foundation of our leadership in high-capacity enterprise storage."

Ultrastar Hs14 14TB Enterprise Drive Features and Specifications:
  • HelioSeal Technology: Western Digital's fourth-generation helium filled drive technology brings the highest capacity hard drive to market much sooner than competing offerings.
  • Host-managed SMR Technology: Second-generation enterprise storage deployment of host-managed SMR delivers 14TB with no compromise of performance predictability and consistency. Host-managed SMR hard drives are designed specifically for sequential write environments, and will not work as drop-in replacements for traditional capacity enterprise drives.
  • Reliability: Amongst the industry's highest MTBF rating at 2.5M hours.
Availability
The Ultrastar Hs14 enterprise hard drive is currently sampling to select OEMs and comes with a 5-year limited warranty. For more information on the Ultrastar Hs14 14TB enterprise drive, visit the product page.
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18 Comments on HGST Announces World's First 14 Terabyte Hard Drive

#1
Prima.Vera
Hopefully the smaller drives will get cheaper....
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#2
Chaitanya
Prima.Vera, post: 3734126, member: 98685"
Hopefully the smaller drives will get cheaper....
Hasn't happened so far....
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#4
Th3pwn3r
Chaitanya, post: 3734139, member: 93474"
Hasn't happened so far....
It has. You are just confused because prices also go up due to shortage.
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intelzen
lexluthermiester, post: 3734165, member: 134537"
What you talking about?
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5AD64D9178&cm_re=helium_hdd-_-22-145-950-_-Product
$180 for a 6TB Enterprise Helium drive at 7200RPM is not expensive at all considering that the least expensive normal 6TB drive[which is also slower at 5700RPM] is $170.

Not personally gonna go for this 14TB beast, but it is impressive!
so when exactly did prices come down? almost 200$ for 6TB... just like in 2012.
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#7
Octavean
Prima.Vera, post: 3734126, member: 98685"
Hopefully the smaller drives will get cheaper....
Your not being very specific. A 1TB HDD can be had for something like ~$45 USD and I would consider that cheap or cheaper then they used to be. If your referring to larger capacity drives those too hav gone down. 8TB drives you see to be more expensive.

I’d rather see reliability go up rather then quibble about prices going down. Sometimes when prices go down quality control goes out the window.

I’m also not so sure about the use of shingled magnetic recording here.
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#8
Jetster
intelzen, post: 3734344, member: 169735"
so when exactly did prices come down? almost 200$ for 6TB... just like in 2012.
I paid $170 for my last 6tb
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#11
lexluthermiester
BadFrog, post: 3734445, member: 172302"
This guy SAS or SATA?
Both
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#12
Chloe Price
I wonder how many cat pictures this monster could fit.
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#13
Octavean
In early 2016 a WD Red 8TB drive would cost about ~$330 USD. Now you can find them for about ~$269 depending on where you look. If you are willing to forgo the 3yr warranty you can buy a Mybook 8TB or EasyStore 8TB drive for as little as ~$159.

Prices are dropping there is no question about it. How fast and how far is quite another thing though. Also unforeseen issues could cause prices to spike.
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#14
wrathchild_67
You can get WD Red 8TB drives from Best Buy (in the US) occasionally for $160 in the form of an external USB drive. You just have to remove the outer cage to get to it. These drives do not carry the standard WD Red warranty but are the same drive as those sold for almost 2x as much standalone.
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ZeDestructor
lexluthermiester, post: 3734476, member: 134537"
Both
Both as in "it depends on the model", not "pick when you get the drive"

EDIT: I'm curious about that host-managed SMR.. if it hands it over to the OS to handle SMR caching and such, it could be really good for rebuilds and such
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lexluthermiester
ZeDestructor, post: 3734652, member: 151464"
Both as in "it depends on the model", not "pick when you get the drive"
Right, by "both" I meant that the 14TB capacity drive was available in both SAS or SATA configurations, not that a single drive has both interfaces.
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#17
ZeDestructor
lexluthermiester, post: 3734745, member: 134537"
Right, by "both" I meant that the 14TB capacity drive was available in both SAS or SATA configurations, not that a single drive has both interfaces.
I've been known to be that dumb on occasion ¬_¬
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#18
lexluthermiester
ZeDestructor, post: 3734897, member: 151464"
I've been known to be that dumb on occasion ¬_¬
No worries, we all have moments like that. :laugh:
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