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Seagate aims to ‘slash storage costs’ with latest Kinetic HDD

Drive solution targets large infrastructures; geared towards ‘simplifying’ cloud storage

The Seagate Kinetic HDD.
The Seagate Kinetic HDD.

Storage solutions firm, Seagate, today unveiled the Kinetic HDD, based on the company's Kinetic Open Storage platform.

The Kinetic HDD is designed to "dramatically reduce IT costs by eliminating multiple layers of legacy software and hardware infrastructure", according to Seagate.

The drive combines an open-source object storage-protocol with Ethernet connectivity, aiming to "greatly simplify" cloud storage architectures.

Introduced in 2013, the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform has been adopted by a number of cloud and enterprise customers, as well as software and hardware systems partners including AOL, Digital Sense, and Hewlett Packard.

"Over the past decade, the unprecedented explosion of data has been driven by social media, smartphones, tablets, and the rapid growth of every sort of Internet-connected device," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "Cloud service providers are increasingly looking for solutions that will simplify infrastructure, improve scalability and reduce costs. Kinetic HDD addresses these needs, revolutionising the data storage economics for today's cloud and beyond."