Seagate today announced the world’s first eight terabyte hard drive, which has the largest storage space of any single hard-disk drive on the market, including 6 TB HDDs from both Western Digital and Seagate itself. Seagate’s new 8TB drive comes in a 3.5-in form factor and an important step forward in storage, it provides scale-out data infrastructures with supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry for cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage.
“As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. “Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the world’s first 8TB HDD, a ground-breaking new solution for meeting the increased capacities needed to support the demand for high capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage.”
Outfitted with enterprise-class reliability and support for archive workloads, it features multi-drive RV tolerance for consistent enterprise-class performance in high density environments. The drive also incorporates a proven SATA 6Gb/s interface for cost-effective, easy system integration in both private and public data centers.
The drive is currently in a trial period and is only being delivered to a select few, but it will be able to be available to the masses over the next few months. The company did not release pricing on the drives.