HGST Unveils Helium-Filled Enterprise HDDs
November 4, 2013 9:36 AM
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Western Digital subsidiary HGST has unveiled an interesting new enterprise-class hard drive series. The new Ultrastar He hard drives and are the first to be hermetically sealed and filled with helium. The drives offer 6 TB of capacity and have been qualified by some of the biggest companies in the tech world including Netflix, HP, and a number of social media companies.
"With ever-increasing pressures on corporate and cloud data centers to improve storage efficiencies and reduce costs, HGST is at the forefront delivering a revolutionary new solution that significantly improves data center TCO on virtually every level – capacity, power, cooling and storage density – all in the same 3.5-inch form factor," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST.
The reason the drives are filled with helium is to reduce turbulence inside the hard drive associated with normal air. The helium used inside the drive is 1/7 of the density of normal room air allowing for lower power consumption and lower operating temperature inside the drive.
HGST says that the 6 TB drive uses 5.3 watts of power at idle, weighs 640 g, and runs 4-5°C cooler than a standard 3.5-inch five platter 4 TB hard drive. The drive also uses the HGST 7Stac design to reach 6 TB making it the highest capacity hard drive with the best total cost of ownership for cloud storage and other enterprise uses.
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11/4/2013 11:51:40 AM
They're working on it, but Rome wasn't built in a day. Also, there profit motivations to keep development slow. Intel could, in theory, have pursued the 22 nm process as a successor to the 90 nm process, but that would have denied them the opportunity to sell processors based on 65, 45 and 32 nm processes, denying them three generations of products. Sooner or later you hit a wall imposed by the laws of physics and can't improve a technology any further. You want to get as many generations of products out of the technology as possible before you hit that wall.
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