Seagate Debuts New Breed of Hard Disk Drives for NAS Market

Seagate Reveals High-Capacity HDDs for NAS Systems

by Anton Shilov
06/12/2013 | 01:29 PM

Seagate Technology this week took the wraps off its new Seagate NAS hard disk drives, cutting-edge drives custom-built for always-on, one- to five-bay network attached storage (NAS) systems. Engineered with performance and reliability in mind, the new drives are available in multiple capacity points including a 4TB option. The drives will be used by nine NAS system partners.

 

The new Seagate NAS hard drives are available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB capacities. The drives feature 5900rpm spindle speed for the best balance between performance, reliability and price, 64MB cache buffer as well as Serial ATA-6Gb/s spindle speed. Seagate declares 159MB/s (for 2TB model) and 180MB/s (for other two) maximum sustained transfer rate from magnetic media to host interface as well as 4.3W – 4.8W average operating power consumption.

The new drives feature Seagate’s own NASWorks technology which improves drive reliability by supporting features that limit drive vibrations and support extended error recovery controls for better data integrity. The HDDs also support improved vibration tolerance thanks to dual-plane balance that supports the unique weighted motor design minimizing vibration that can be amplified in multi-drive systems improving the drive’s performance and system reliability.

Seagate’s NAS drives are built to provide up to 10% performance advantage over the competition for 24/7 NAS applications; the hard drives are also engineered for performance in always on applications and can support multiple HD video streams and user profiles. The new drives boast near silent acoustics operating below the range of audible sound for the human ear with as low as 1.9 bels, providing optimized acoustics for the home or SMB environment.

“Today about 50% of NAS arrays are sold diskless meaning that customers are challenged with identifying and installing the right storage for their system. By developing a drive like NAS HDD, we have taken the guesswork out of it and made it easy for customers to identify the right drive for their system. By collaborating closely with a variety of partners who specialize in NAS systems, we are making what was a confusing effort into a plug-and-play one,” said Scott Horn, vice president of marketing at Seagate.

Seagate NAS hard disk drives are designed with compatibility in mind, Seagate NAS hard disk drives have been rigorously tested by some of today’s top NAS providers and flawlessly integrated into their NAS solutions. The new HDDs should be available shortly in the retail and should reach actual NAS systems in the coming months.

“Households and SMBs continue to generate a significant amount of data, and need fast and reliable storage solutions. Rather than taking hours or days to transfer a large amount of digital content over the internet to a cloud storage service provider, Seagate’s new NAS HDD provides a high-capacity solution for fast data transfers and backups on-premise over local networks,” said John Rydning, IDC's research vice president for hard disk drives.