Toshiba targets CSPs, large enterprises, with 14TB CMR hard disk drive

New models use 9-disk, helium-sealed design to deliver large capacity in standard 3.5-inch SATA drive bays

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Toshiba targets CSPs, large enterprises, with 14TB CMR hard disk drive With such high capacity, Toshiba will be able to cater to the storage needs of large hyper scale and cloud companies, said Varghese.
By  David Ndichu Published  March 2, 2018

Toshiba has launched the world’s first enterprise 14TB Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) HDD.

Using a 9-disk, helium-sealed design, the new MG07ACA Series provides a combination of power-efficient capacity and storage density ideal for cloud-scale and enterprise storage solution.

We have raised the bar with the new MG07ACA Series 9-disk helium-sealed design, said Akitoshi Iwata, vice president of Storage Products Division, Toshiba Electronic Devices and Storage Corporation. By utilising an innovative design, we continue to improve the benefits that high-capacity disk storage can deliver to our broad global customer base.

The MG07ACA Series features both 14TB 9-disk and 12TB 8-disk models. The helium-sealed 3.5- inch mechanical design realises better storage density and a lower HDD operating power profile than the previous MG06ACA Series for optimal TCO in cloud-scale infrastructures. The series also utilises Toshiba Groups laser welding technology to ensure the helium remains securely sealed inside the drive enclosure. The drives support a SATA 6Gbit/s interface and 7,200rpm access performance. The 9-disk 14TB models achieve a 40% increase in maximum capacity over previous MG06ACA 10TB models. Additionally, the 14TB models improve power efficiency by over 50% (W/GB)

Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storages first helium-sealed nearline drive is a class of its own-14TB capacity with CMR. Its innovative 9-disk platform with helium-sealed design paves the way to achieve higher capacities in the future, said Santosh Varghese, general manager, Digital Products and Services, Toshiba Gulf FZE. With such high capacity, Toshiba will be able to cater to the storage needs of large hyper-scale and cloud companies.

While enterprise server and storage customers realise that shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology can improve HDD capacity, the adoption of SMR HDD products into server and storage systems is a transition that will take several years, according to John Rydning, research vice president for hard disk drives at IDC. Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storages new helium-sealed enterprise HDD is the worlds first 14TB of storage capacity using conventional rather than shingled magnetic recording technology, giving enterprise customers the highest capacity HDD available in the market today for existing server and storage system architectures.

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