We create more data every day. Every time we upload a picture on social media, every time we record a video. With the rise in Internet of Things (IoT) our thermostats, vehicles and fridges are adding to the stream of data.  The Internet reaches to the far flung corners of the globe and the number of users streaming data, seemingly just into the nether, continues to expand every day.

The only problem is that the data isn’t actually disappearing into the nether. We expect to be able to retrieve a family picture in mere milliseconds from Facebook even if we uploaded it (and forgot about it) five years ago. We increasingly believe that our social media services will safely store our memories.

This influx of data creates a tremendous challenge to datacentre operators that are tasked with keeping this exponential rising data. The key is to do this in a cost-effective manner.

HDD vendors have responded to the need for more storage with clever engineering that increases the amount of storage they can provide per device, as well as per dollar.

The newest innovation comes in the form of SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording), which overlays data tracks to increase the amount of available storage capacity.

Seagate has developed a new affordable archive 8TB hard drive in order to prevent further enterprise back up issues.

  • Efficiently store more data at lower costs
  • High capacity of 8TB
  • Enjoy peace of mind with a drive engineered for 24×7 workloads of 180TB/year
  • Store data faster with SATA 6Gb/s interface
  • Reliable, low-power data retrieval based on Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology

Massive data centres are embracing the notion of high capacity drives for several reasons:

  • 33% bump in capacity when compared to 6TB drives
  • Power efficient and low cost
  • Roughly 50% less expensive than a traditional enterprise 6TB drive
  • Data retrieval is more important than write performance

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The Seagate SMR datacenter offering lowers cost to an unheard-of three cents per gigabyte of storage (and that is at retail pricing). This low cost has made the drives increasingly popular with consumers for bulk data storage, which is a use-case the drive excels at.

Seagate does not recommend utilising these drives in RAID or NAS environments. However, systems that address drives separately (such as object storage, erasure coding and some backup/archival implementations) are well-suited for the Archive HDD.