Seagate launched one other 22TB laborious disk drive for the enterprise market. The IronWolf Professional (ST22000NT001) has 10 platters and makes use of CMR (standard magnetic recording) relatively than the controversial SMR to succeed in that capability. It has a 256MB cache and a 7200RPM rotational pace, which signifies that it’s more likely to be one of many quickest HDD round.
What’s maybe extra necessary to our readers although is that it’s optimized for NAS (community hooked up storage) gadgets with a 5 12 months guarantee, a 550TB/12 months workload ranking, a bunch of proprietary options and a imply time earlier than failure of two.5M hours. Seagate’s advertising literature mentions “AgileArray with dual-plane balancing, time-limited error restoration (TLER), and rotational vibration (RV) sensors to ship prime RAID efficiency in multi-bay environments”
Add a complimentary three-year rescue information restoration service, to defend you from a probably catastrophic system failure and you’ve got a fairly compelling product for anybody trying to retailer massive quantities of knowledge of any kind. Simply be sure to have a stable backup plan, both utilizing one of many finest cloud backup suppliers or one of many finest backup software program.
What seals the deal is the worth: at lower than $363 (or $16.50 per TB), it’s already the most affordable massive capability drive (above 20TB) in the marketplace regardless of an MSRP of $600 and we wouldn’t be shocked if its value falls additional come Christmas or Black Friday. You can also buy it right now (opens in new tab) (which exhibits that there’s ample inventory)
The most cost effective 22TB Western Digital drive is the WD Purple Pro surveillance HDD (opens in new tab)at $438, which has a 20% premium. Apparently, in order for you an exterior laborious drive of this capability, the WD Components desktop exterior laborious drive is considerably cheaper at $380 at Amazon (opens in new tab).
No 30TB drives but
Since Could 2022, Western Digital has the biggest laborious disk drive in the marketplace, the 26TB Ultrastar DC HC670, one which is just obtainable for information middle shoppers as a result of it’s host-managed drive that isn’t drop-in replacements for CMR HDDs (extra on that in our interview with WD’s Ravi Pendekanti, SVP of HDD Product Administration).
Seagate nevertheless has confirmed that it desires to launch a 30TB laborious disk drive by July 2023 for choose clients, more likely to be primarily based on HAMR know-how. Toshiba, the third laborious disk drive vendor, has plans to launch a 30TB mannequin in 2024; how probably that’s to occur may additionally depend upon a comparatively unknown firm known as Resonac, a Japanese firm that produces the platters that go into laborious disk drives.
Resonac provided the two.6TB platters that WD used within the HC670 (10 of them per disk drive) and can produce fashions with a capability of no less than 3TB by the tip of the 12 months (primarily based on a 2022 press launch). Enchancment in storage capability for laborious disk drives goes at a snail tempo as a result of the low hanging fruits are all gone. Aside from the capability of the platter, the one different variable that can be utilized is the variety of platters per drive.
The introduction of helium nearly a decade in the past helped transfer the needle from eight, to 9 after which 10 with the following step being 11. Past that, it’s all all the way down to how storage density or what number of bits could be crammed per sq. inch; the business customary is at the moment round 1Tb per sq. inch.