Why Data Center Architects Choose Enterprise Mission Critical Hard Drives

  • Why Data Center Architects Choose Enterprise Mission Critical Hard Drives

Enterprise mission critical hard drives offer trusted performance year after year

As the Data Age emerges, the amount of digital data produced every year continues to accelerate at an astronomical rate, and thus increases the demand for storage. The overwhelming majority of digital data is stored on hard drives, which are the very foundation of almost every data center.

In specifying, deploying and upgrading data center storage infrastructure, IT architects need to satisfy a set of key requirements including data availability, data density, cost and reliability. Most data is stored on hard drives, because hard drives can pack plenty of information in a small space, they’re cost-effective, and they can keep data safe for a long time.

Continuously assessing what type of storage device will serve the data center

Data center managers regularly adopt higher density hard drives soon after they become available in order to increase storage density per rack and per square foot, which provides more space for data but also drives down overhead costs such as maintenance and power consumption. Considering hard drives’ historical rate of increasing capacities, and the current projections for continued increases into the future, hard drives will continue to provide the most economical form of primary storage for data centers for the foreseeable future.

Beyond sheer capacity, IT architects and data center managers want to provide the best performance, reliability, and economy for their in-house clients or external cloud customers, so they’re always evaluating which drives to use to best serve the specific applications they support.

The critical role of mission critical hard drives

For data center managers, the key to success is to apply the right technologies to the right workloads. Among the mix of hard drives built specifically to power data centers, it’s the mission critical drives that are central to today’s expanding world of always-on data we all experience.

Mission critical drives are the key tools that enable:

  • 24×7 Availability: High-performance enterprise storage solutions requiring 24×7 availability
  • Transaction Processing: Transaction-based applications like databases and big data analytics
  • Small Footprint: Energy-efficient and space-conscious storage solutions

Whether you’re a data center manager, IT architect, or just a big user of data (like everyone), we’re all benefitting from mission critical drives every day.

Consider the industries that utilize this technology for their very existence. Online banking, railway and aircraft operating and control systems, and electric power grids are just a few mission critical use cases that will significantly impact global business operations across multiple industries if drives fail. Choosing the right drive for the right application becomes imperative — along with continual support and reliable supplies for future growth.

Mission critical drives provide data centers with the performance needed for the most write-intensive applications. They’re scalable, so they’re able to meet future business objectives and storage growth. A mission critical hard drive, as part of a tiered-storage architecture, is the kind of drive that makes sure your company’s or your client’s hot data can be accessed immediately, constantly, at any moment, for quick decision making — all while lowering total cost of ownership.

The low total cost of ownership (TCO) of mission critical storage solutions allows IT professionals to use their existing budgets to:

  • Scale up user capacity
  • Accelerate business transactions
  • Reduce service calls and support costs
  • Increase storage capacity
  • Comply with regulatory requirements

Why Seagate Exos mission critical drives?

Seagate’s mission critical drives provide immediate and continuous access to hot data while lowering TCO. They’re rigorously tested to provide high reliability, reputable security, and simple data center integration. Enterprise data center managers, cloud providers, SMBs, OEMs, and System Integrators turn to high-capacity, high-performing technologies like mission critical drives to meet or exceed all of these fast-growing, high-performance storage requirements.

Seagate’s Exos E series of hard drives are considered “always on and always working.” As such, they are designed to work and perform consistently in enterprise-class workloads, and come fully loaded with advanced options for optimal performance, reliability, security, and user-defined storage management.

Our mission critical drives provide data centers with the performance needed for the most write-intensive applications. For instance, our Exos 15E900 drives are perfect for transaction-based applications (e.g., OLTP, databases, HPC, big data analytics), because they deliver more predictable performance (up to 27% more sustained data rate than previous generations) while helping to protect data from corruption due to unexpected power loss.

These drives include industry-leading read caching with TurboBoost® technology for optimum response times, which is perfect for OLTP applications, and their Advanced Write Caching feature utilizes enhanced algorithms for the industry’s highest mission critical storage workload performance efficiencies. They use traditional NAND and advanced algorithms to promote hot data and meet performance requirements (up to 2.6X improvements over last generation).

Our green IT-focused Exos 10E2400 drives are up to 2X faster than competing 1.8TB hard disc drives, and are perfect for database and online transaction processing applications, and provide a cost-effective alternative to higher-priced performance solutions.

Support that enables you to scale now, and into the future

And data center customers continue to depend on Seagate because they know we’re committed to long-term support, providing supply commits and uninterrupted support for new and in-field solutions. They know Seagate’s dedicated to the 10K-rpm and 15K-rpm application segments, and continues to plan for next generation needs. They know Seagate’s mission critical drives deliver industry-leading specs with Fast Format™ and Enhanced Caching™ for improved TCO. And they know only Seagate offers a full security and data protection portfolio, including Common Criteria certification.

Learn more about Seagate’s newest mission critical drives, the Exos 10E2400 and Exos 15E900 — they ensure that data is secure, available on demand and always bringing more value to data centers and their customers. With Seagate’s broad portfolio of both hard drives and SSDs, we’re able to cover the full range of storage solutions, delivering high performance and capacity with affordable versatility to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s data centers.


About the Author:

John Paulsen
John Paulsen is a "Data for Good" advocate, with nearly 20 years in the data storage industry. He's helped launch many industry-firsts including HAMR technology, 10K-rpm and 15K-rpm hard drives, drives designed specifically for video and for gaming, Serial ATA drives, fluid dynamic HDD motors, 60TB SSDs, and MACH.2 multi-actuator technology.