Western Digital Now Shipping Helium-Filled 10TB PMR HDD To Meet Exponential Growth In Data

hgst-western-digitalWestern Digital is now shipping a 10TB perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) hard disk drive (HDD), based on the company’s third-generation helium drive. The HGST Ultrastar He10 HDD provides the highest capacity, lowest power consumption per TB and the highest reliability rating of all HDDs on the market, according to Western Digital.

The Ultrastar He10 HDD addresses growing data needs in the market. Western Digital expects its 10TB drives to be a key enabler of video, photo, business and other cloud-based applications. The company also expects the new HDD solution to be a cornerstone for private and public cloud hosting deployments moving forward.

“HGST continues to lead the industry in delivering the next highest capacity hard drive for enterprise applications, beginning with 4TB, then 6TB, 8TB, and now 10TB capacity-optimized enterprise HDDs,” said John Rydning, IDC’s research vice president. “HGST’s new Ultrastar 10TB He10 will help address the need for higher capacity, and higher density storage racks in enterprise datacenters.”

netflix-western-digital-hddEssential for creating high-density storage solutions, the Ultrastar He10 would offer a 25% increase in capacity over the previous generation and use 56% fewer watts/TB than traditional air-filled HDDs, allowing data center architects to achieve new levels of eco-environmental efficiency.

The Ultrastar He10 HDD is available to all enterprise customers as a bare drive, and will be available in HGST’s Active Archive System for customers that require a petabyte-scale object storage system.

“Netflix has built an industry-leading Content Delivery Network (CDN) and these 10TB drives will allow us to quickly integrate, build more capacity and stream more movies to our consumers,” said David Fullagar, director of content delivery architecture, Netflix. “We’ve been using the HGST HelioSeal drives for a long time and not only do they give us more capacity, they have contributed to a lower overall power envelope and higher storage density, which has allowed us to maximize our data footprint and create a network that is optimized for TCO.”

Western Digital’s storage solutions are marketed under the HGST and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, as well as cloud hosting infrastructure providers and consumers.