Western Digital now shipping 12TB HGST Ultrastar helium hard drive

New Ultrastar HDDs use HelioSeal technology for intensive enterprise, cloud and hyperscale workload applications

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Western Digital now shipping 12TB HGST Ultrastar helium hard drive Ultrastar He12 HDD features an eight-disk design, to deliver 12TB capacity in a standard 3.5-inch form factor.
By  David Ndichu Published  May 10, 2017

Western Digital has begun shipping its fourth-generation helium-based hard drive with the 12TB HGST-branded Ultrastar He12 hard drive.

The Ultrastar He12 12TB hard drive is the next generation of the company’s high capacity enterprise-class drive with HelioSeal technology, designed to provide customers with a data storage solution addressing the expansive information management needs and demanding performance requirements of today’s enterprise, cloud and hyperscale workloads.

Mark Grace, senior vice president of devices at Western Digital says the Ultrastar He12 hard drive leverages the HelioSeal platform to deliver high capacity HDD storage with enhanced power efficiency. “Western Digital has shipped over 15M helium-based high capacity drives to date and continues to support our customers with outstanding reliability and Quality of Service (QoS). Our industry-leading data centre portfolio enables customers across the spectrum to meet their evolving and dynamic data centre demand,” adds Grace.

The enterprise-class Ultrastar He12 HDD features an eight-disk design, to deliver 12TB capacity using PMR technology in a standard 3.5-inch form factor. It is the world’s highest capacity hard disk drive for active random workloads. Utilising Western Digital’s patented HelioSeal process that seals helium in the drive to help provide high capacity HDD and greater power efficiency, the Ultrastar He12 HDD comes in a single 12TB capacity point and offers either a SATA or SAS interface both using Advanced Format.

HelioSeal technology utilises helium with 1/7 the density of air, enabling the use of thinner disks, while maintaining a stable recording interface. The Ultrastar He12 HDD design adds an eighth disk, two more than the highest capacity air-based enterprise drive, which enabled the capacity increase to 12TB, 50 percent more than the highest air-based enterprise drive. This additional capacity provides for increased storage density, reducing associated data centre infrastructure required to store a given amount of data. It also encompasses a low-power design without compromising performance, which helps reduce overall cost of ownership. The Ultrastar He12 HDD is ideal for any application that requires massive amounts of cost-effective storage.

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