Seagate 18TB helium-based hard drive launched

Seagate Technology has launched an 18TB helium-based enterprise hard drive as part of the Exos X18 family.
18TB helium-based enterprise drives
Exos X18 is the fifth-generation high capacity helium 3.5-inch 7200 RPM nearline enterprise drive with both SATA and SAS interfaces.

It will be available starting October 1 with Seagate’s distributors and partners. Both Exos X18 SATA and SAS interfaces will retail at Rs 64,000 and Rs 65,000, respectively.
According to a recent Seagate report, Rethink Data, enterprise data is expected to grow at an average rate of 42.2 percent over the next two years.

IDC forecasts the global datasphere will reach a staggering 175ZB by 2025 in a previous IDC whitepaper sponsored by Seagate. The high-capacity Exos X18 supports this expanding need for data storage.

Seagate’s Exos X18 hard drives and upgraded Exos Application Platform (AP) controllers enable enterprises to effectively tackle challenges associated with the exponential rise in data volumes by increasing system capacity and reducing deployment complexity, Ken Claffey, VP and GM of enterprise data solutions at Seagate Technology, said.

The hard drive supports hyperscale, datacenter, and enterprise NAS system storage challenges by enabling fast data transfers, lower power and weight compared with traditional nearline drives.