Western Digital Started Shipping the World’s 1st Helium-Filled 10TB HDD

Large-capacity hard disk drives first find their way into enterprise applications, but such news means that it won’t be long until we’ll have these beasts inside our own computers. WD has just started shipping world’s first 10TB perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) hard disk drive to companies that are finding it difficult to store data on the current drives.

HGST Ultrastar He10, as this 10TB drop-in HDD is called, really is a game-changer, as it offers the highest capacity and lowest power consumption per TB, along with the highest reliability rating on the market. Not only companies whose servers need to host tremendous amounts of data could use such a storage solution, but also regular consumers. Just think how much space 4K videos occupy! Owners of YouTube channels, who have to cut their videos and put them back together a lot before uploading them so that the whole world sees what they have to say, could definitely benefit from Western Digital’s 10TB helium-filled hard drive.

“Our HelioSeal platform has defied next-generation expectations around capacity, reliability and power in HDDs,” pointed out Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. “We were the first to recognize the benefits of Helium and have pushed the boundaries while others are scrambling to catch up. The Ultrastar He10 represents the third generation of our HelioSeal line. It redefines enterprise capacity HDDs, showing the industry where storage devices need to go, to stay in front of the future that data growth is hurtling towards.”

“Netflix has built an industry-leading Content Delivery Network and these 10TB drives will allow us to quickly integrate, build more capacity and stream more movies to our consumers,” added David Fullagar, director of content delivery architecture, Netflix. “We’ve been using the HGST HelioSeal drives for a long time and not only do they give us more capacity, they have contributed to a lower overall power envelope and higher storage density, which has allowed us to maximize our data footprint and create a network that is optimized for TCO.”

“We’re living in a trillions of sensors world, and the more data history we have, the better. Our ability to process data at scale with a low dollar per terabyte, the industry is well positioned to leverage IoT and sensor technology to build safer and smarter cities, improve homeland security, and enable customers to gain a competitive advantage with data,” said Blair Barbour, president and CEO, Photon-X. “HGST is pushing the boundaries with capacity in devices and systems, creating an innovation inflection point in the world of IoT.”

“HGST continues to lead the industry in delivering the next highest capacity hard drive for enterprise applications, beginning with 4TB, then 6TB, 8TB, and now 10TB capacity-optimized enterprise HDDs,” according to John Rydning, IDC’s research vice president. “HGST’s new Ultrastar 10TB He10 will help address the need for higher capacity, and higher density storage racks in enterprise datacenters.”

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