Seagate’s first Datasphere 2020 conference was the perfect opportunity for the storage giant to showcase some exciting new products and technologies.
And the company duly delivered and confirmed what we all wanted to know: that the world’s largest hard drive, the Exos 20+, will start in December 2020.
The internal hard drive will be the first to come with HAMR technology (which increases capacity) and MACH2 actuator technology to maintain the performance SLA as the capacity scales to 50TB.
Dr. Seagate CEO Dave Mosley also posted two particularly interesting slides, the first showing a TCO saving of nearly a third when storing 1
The second showed the relative price per PB when using a 20TB HAMR versus a 50TB version and showed that hyperscalers’ fast and continuous takeover of the highest capacity hard drives offers a “sustainable cost advantage”.
With this in mind, Seagate has also launched CORTX – an open source storage platform with S3-compatible object storage software – as well as a reference architecture called Lyve Drive Rack, which can deliver up to 106 drives (or 2.12PB) per rack node.
Both Seagate and WD launched earlier this month 18 TB hard drives based on CMR and PMR technologies. It will be interesting to see if Data backup in the cloud specialist BackBlaze uses these latest high performance drives for its popular Cloud storage Service that gives us early feedback on performance and reliability.