Seagate Launches 12TB Enterprise Capacity HDD for Next-Generation Data Centers at OCP 2017

New Drive Adds Innovations to Help Enterprise and Cloud Providers Gain Control over Unstructured Data

This week at the OCP Summit, Seagate has announced our new 12TB helium enterprise drives are now shipping to cloud providers for evaluation, and we plan to start volume shipments for production availability in the June quarter of 2017. The Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD 12TB hard drive incorporates several technology advancements developed to address a critical requirement hyperscale customers face in this age of exponential data growth: the ability to locate and organize the increasing amount of unstructured data they possess and make it available quickly and reliably for customers.

12TB Enterprise Capacity HDDSeagate’s new 12TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD is precision engineered to accommodate 550TB workloads annually. It has a market leading MTBF (mean time between failure) of 2.5 million hours and is designed to operate 24/7 for five years in the most rigorous enterprise data center environments, delivering far greater reliability and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for enterprise storage products in the industry.

“Cloud Service Providers, Telecoms and Enterprises utilize high density storage for the mountains of unstructured data they must manage, driven by an increasing proliferation of connected endpoint devices and sensors. Seagate’s new 12TB hard drive is an ideal component for our OCP-based solutions, and the integration of these innovative new drives will offer our customers the reliable and efficient storage they need,” said Mike Yang, senior vice president and general manager of Quanta Computer Inc. and president of Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT).

Understanding the data management challenges of top cloud providers

Seagate’s engineers have worked closely with the world’s largest cloud providers and OEMs to gain a deeper understanding of the data management challenges they face. This insight led our engineering team to implement several new firmware and hardware innovations to the helium-filled hard drives, resulting in the following key improvements:

  • Highly scalable hard drive storage that is rapidly deployable for maximum performance and energy efficiency for Open Compute Project (OCP) platforms.
  • 50 percent higher capacity, which enables hyperscale customers to deploy over 10PB of high performance storage in a single 42U rack for the first time – maintaining current space, weight, and power consumption profiles.
  • 21 percent increase in IOPs performance/watt perfect for next generation eco-friendly infrastructures.
  • 20 percent increase in enhanced caching performance, which results in faster access to unstructured data.

These innovations enable customers to gain more control over unstructured data, store vastly more information and retrieve it more quickly than ever before without expanding the storage footprint in the data center. By offering the lowest power consumption and lowest weight in the industry, the drop-in upgrade 12TB drive translates to a groundbreaking TCO for hyperscale customers.

“Data storage innovations have led to dramatically improved business results. For example, Cloud companies are storing massive amounts of videos and images in hyperscale infrastructures for search and social applications. Our 12TB drive helps solve the proliferation of data both enterprise and cloud service customers must manage and move, while improving response times,” said John Morris, vice president of products at Seagate.

“Seagate’s new 12TB high density, enterprise-class hard drive will be a great addition to our OCP-compliant storage product family. As a major OCP solution provider, it’s important to ensure compatibility of this innovative, high density hard drive with our OCP solutions that meet the needs of this growing market,” said Steven Lu, chief of product marketing of Wiwynn Corp.

The 12TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD—along with several demonstrations of Seagate SSD products that meet Open Compute Project specifications—can be seen at this week’s OCP Summit 2017 in Santa Clara, Calif., March 8-9 at Seagate’s booth [#B7].

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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.