Thursday, October 25th 2018

Western Digital Announces 15TB Ultrastar DC HC620 HDD

Showcasing its continued strength and leadership in enterprise-capacity storage solutions, Western Digital today announced the industry's highest capacity HDD, the 15 TB Ultrastar DC HC620 host-managed SMR HDD. The Ultrastar DC HC620 delivers an unprecedented capacity point with a time-to-market advantage for customers who have invested in, and continue to take advantage of the benefits of SMR.

"With data continuing to grow at unprecedented rates, many hyperscale and cloud storage customers know that their workloads trend toward data that is written sequentially. In these instances, customers are optimizing their infrastructures with the lowest TCO and the maximum capacity," said Eyal Bek, vice president of product marketing, Western Digital. "By capitalizing on our highest-capacity SMR storage solutions, our customers' investment can not only be fully leveraged today, but for subsequent generations of SMR areal density improvements for continued infrastructure optimization."
"With data continuing to grow at unprecedented rates, many hyperscale and cloud storage customers know that their workloads trend toward data that is written sequentially. In these instances, customers are optimizing their infrastructures with the lowest TCO and the maximum capacity," said Eyal Bek, vice president of product marketing, Western Digital. "By capitalizing on our highest-capacity SMR storage solutions, our customers' investment can not only be fully leveraged today, but for subsequent generations of SMR areal density improvements for continued infrastructure optimization."

Setting a new bar for TCO, the Ultrastar 15TB host-managed SMR HDD is well positioned for hyperscale cloud and traditional data center workloads, including large video surveillance "smart city" initiatives, storage for regulatory compliance and Big Data storage. Enabling the world's densest server and storage systems, incorporating 15 TB HDDs allows a fully populated 4U60 HDD enclosure to reach a raw storage capacity of 900 TB, which is an additional 60 TB per 4U rack in the same footprint compared to those utilizing 14 TB HDDs. In an at-scale environment where floor space, $/TB, TB per square foot, or watts per terabyte are critical, this TCO savings can be significant.

Based on the company's proven HelioSeal platform, and as an extension to the industry's first 14 TB SMR HDD family, the 15TB enterprise-class Ultrastar DC HC620 host-managed SMR HDD reflects another industry first, continuing the company's tradition of delivering the highest capacity enterprise-class HDDs in the market. Western Digital is currently shipping Ultrastar DC HC620 qualification samples to select customers with broader availability later this quarter.

The new Ultrastar DC HC620 HDD further expands Western Digital's broad range of enterprise-class storage solutions, which include high-performance NVMe SSD devices, innovative HelioSeal enterprise-class hard disk drives as well as SAS and SATA SSDs. The company's data center systems include its ActiveScale , IntelliFlash , OpenFlex , and Ultrastar storage servers and platforms.
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6 Comments on Western Digital Announces 15TB Ultrastar DC HC620 HDD

#1
Tomorrow
No thanks. I would rather lose 1TB and go with 14TB PMR drive than deal with higher capacity shingled SMR drive.
Also i can't fathom why WD has yet to release any consumer 14TB or even 12TB drives. Ok so they have one Purple series 12TB but that's it. The rest are all server drives including one Gold and rest HGST DC variants.

Meanwhile competitor Seagate has 14TB consumer drives using PMR.
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#2
zelnep
Tomorrow, post: 3929215, member: 136792"
No thanks. I would rather lose 1TB and go with 14TB PMR drive than deal with higher capacity shingled SMR drive.
Also i can't fathom why WD has yet to release any consumer 14TB or even 12TB drives. Ok so they have one Purple series 12TB but that's it. The rest are all server drives including one Gold and rest HGST DC variants.

Meanwhile competitor Seagate has 14TB consumer drives using PMR.
what is you need 90TB of space? will you go with 6 of these or 90 of 1 TB's?
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#3
Tomorrow
zelnep, post: 3929218, member: 166600"
what is you need 90TB of space? will you go with 6 of these or 90 of 1 TB's?
Rather 7*14=98 vs 6*15=90. Obviously not 1TB ones.
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#4
Octavean
Yeah, I probably wouldn't buy anything larger then the WD 8TB and 10TB Red drives for my use case. It's a bit curious that there are no WD 12TB and 14TB Red drives.
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#5
Fx
Tomorrow, post: 3929215, member: 136792"
No thanks. I would rather lose 1TB and go with 14TB PMR drive than deal with higher capacity shingled SMR drive.
Also i can't fathom why WD has yet to release any consumer 14TB or even 12TB drives. Ok so they have one Purple series 12TB but that's it. The rest are all server drives including one Gold and rest HGST DC variants.

Meanwhile competitor Seagate has 14TB consumer drives using PMR.
I know right. WD has been irritating me lately. The punks are holding out on us. It's a good thing they have my firm loyalty with reliability proven over many years.
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#6
BluesFanUK
zelnep, post: 3929218, member: 166600"
what is you need 90TB of space?
Pr0n
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