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WD launches Ultrastar DC HC530 14TB HelioSeal hard drive

by Mark Tyson on 19 April 2018, 12:01


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Western Digital Corporation has introduced the Ultrastar DC HC530 hard drive, aimed at enterprise and cloud customers. The firm claims that this is the highest capacity CMR (conventional magnetic recording) hard drive in the industry, at 14TB, and enables new low TCO levels.

Not all data storage requires the super-nippy access speeds of flash storage, so these high capacity low £$-per-GB drives will still be popular in enterprises leveraging big data, IoT, artificial intelligence, machine learning, rich content and so on.

WD claims impressive reliability characteristics too. It says the Ultrastar DC HC530 features amongst the industry’s highest MTBF rating at 2.5M hours, and comes with a 5-year limited warranty. This is a sixth generation helium technology drive, with more than 27 million previous gen drives, tried and tested, shipped to the likes of top-tier cloud providers, Internet giants and OEMs around the world.

The WD Ultrastar DC HC530 (PDF data sheet link) is a follow up to the industry's first 14TB SMR (shingled magnetic recording) drive, dubbed the Ultrastar HS14. CMR is a faster, simpler recording technology than SMR and these new drives should be able to perform on a par with traditional data centre-grade 7200-RPM hard drives, even in random write operations. Furthermore, CMR drives offer drop-in simplicity in enterprise and cloud data centres.

WD is already shipping the new Ultrastar DC HC530 14TB hard drives to select customers. General availability of both the SATA 6Gbps and SAS 12Gbps models is expected later this year.

Product Highlights

  • 14TB capacity in a standard 3.5-inch form factor
  • CMR/PMR technology works seamlessly in capacity enterprise applications & environments
  • Reliable, field-proven, 5th generation design
  • HelioSeal design delivers outstanding power efficiency (Watts/TB)
  • TDMR and improved dual-stage microactuator provide optimal head positioning and rotational vibration robustness
  • 2.5M hours MTBF rating & 5-year limited warranty
  • Instant Secure Erase (ISE) & Self-Encrypting Drive (TCG SED) options

Product Applications/Environments

  • Cloud & Hyperscale storage
  • Massive scale-out (MSO), high-density data centres
  • Distributed File Systems
  • Bulk storage using object storage solutions like CEPH and OpenStack Swift
  • Primary and secondary storage for Apache Hadoop for Big Data Analytics
  • Surveillance analytics

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I'll take ten!

…OK, maybe not. I doubt even one is in my price range any time soon.
would have thought nitrogen was a better gas to use, but then whatta i kno?
would have thought nitrogen was a better gas to use, but then whatta i kno?

That would just be pure air. Helium is lighter so less drag.
it`s just that all my optics (camera lenses, riflescopes) are purged with nitrogen to displace water vapour, i sort of just dragged that across.
of course, my glass doesn`t have any sort of drag coefficient to consider- nitrogen is cheaper as well tho`, which is probs why they use it.
I wonder if they could create vacuum sealed drives.