Seagate starts shipping the world’s first 8TB hard disk drive

Seagate Technology has started shipping the world’s first 8TB hard disk drive.

The target is to tap users who want to efficiently store massive amounts of unstructured digital content, said Seagate.

Better data infrastructure, energy-efficiency and lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage are some of the main benefits of the 8TB hard disk drive.

Seagate said the 8TB hard drive offers bulk data storage solutions for online content storage. Providing up to 8TB in a single drive slot, the drive delivers maximum rack density, within an existing footprint, for the most efficient data center floor space usage possible.

John Rydning, IDC’s research vice president for hard disk drives, said: “Seagate’s new 8TB HDD provides IT managers with a new option for improving storage density in the data center, thus helping them to tackle one of the largest and fastest growing data categories within enterprise storage economically.”

The main benefit is that the 8TB hard disk drive increases system capacity using fewer components for increased system and staffing efficiencies while lowering power costs. It boasts the best Watts/GB for enterprise bulk data storage in the industry.

“Delivering lowest cost/TB, the new 8TB hard disk drive is ideal for meeting the needs of our enterprise and service provider customers who demand optimized hardware and the cost structure needed for massive scale out,” said Tom Shirley, senior vice president of research and development, Cleversafe.

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