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Seagate has launched a 6TB hard drive which it claims to be the fastest in the world. The product mainly aims at data centers and corporate environments that demand massive capacity and low cost of ownership, such as those belonging to cloud service providers.
Seagate’s Enterprise Capacity 3.5 6TB spins at 7,200rpm and is available with either a 6Gbps SATA or a 12Gbps SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) interface. The company claims that the hard drive is 25 percent more efficient than other hard drives of the same capacity sold by its competitors. The company is claiming a significant performance advantage even though its drive does not use Helium, unlike hard drives of other companies.
The company claims, the newly launched drive is designed for 24×7 operations, and is rated for up to 10 times the workload of a typical desktop hard drive. The mean time between failures (MTBF) is 1.4 million hours. Higher capacity drives translate to greater density in the same amount of rack space, or lower power and cooling expenses for large-scale deployments.
Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) and Instant Secure Erase (ISE) technology allow for secure storage and eventual disposal. Seagate also lists industry-leading rotational vibration tolerance as a feature, which improves performance consistency and error correction.
There is no note on the price of the hard drive, but the company has already started shipping to resellers and server hardware vendors including QNAP, Synology and Supermicro.