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Seagate Technology, one of the world’s largest hard disk drives makers, plans to add high-capacity models into its Terascale hard drive family in the first half of 2014. The new models will expand storage capacity of enterprise-class capacity-oriented hard disk drives to 5TB and 6TB. It is likely that such HDDs will be based on new-generation platters.
According to Seagate enterprise hard drives roadmap published by Myce web-site, the new enterprise-class Terascale HDDs with 5TB and 6TB capacities due in the first half of 2014 will belong to the same code-named Constellation ES.3 “Megalodon” family as the current 4TB drives. The drives are likely to feature 5900rpm spindle speed, 64MB DDR2 cache as well as Serial ATA-600 interface. What is unclear is which platters will be featured in the 5TB and 6TB HDDs.
The Terascale hard disk drives are based on enterprise-class platform with high vibration tolerance (HVT) technology and provide data centers with the maximum storage scalability they need to meet demands in low workload, 24x7 replicated environments. Equipped with Seagate’s own Instant Secure Erase (ISE) technology, the Terascale HDD saves money and time by reducing drive erasure times from hours to milliseconds providing quick, safe and easy drive disposal or repurposing.
Separately, Seagate prepares to put its Cheetah 15K.7, Savvio 10K.5 and some other hard drives into LTS status, which essentially means that it will supply such drives until there is demand, but will not introduce any new models. The code-named Valkyrie enterprise-performance drives will likely be enterprise-grade solid-state hard drives and will not be pure SSDs.
Seagate did not comment on the news-story.