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Seagate delivers first EXOS 16TB HDD and new drive for SMB NAS

13 Jun 2019
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Seagate Technology has been shipping 16TB helium-based enterprise drives as part of the Exos X16 family, delivering record capacity for hyperscale data centres.

The company also updated the IronWolf and IronWolf Pro Network Attached Storage (NAS) drive lines with new 16TB capacity models. 

A recent IDC whitepaper sponsored by Seagate predicts that the Global Datasphere - the amount of data created, captured or replicated across the globe – will grow from 33 zettabytes (ZB) in 2018 to 175 ZB by 2025. 

Seagate’s Exos X16 hard drive delivers the highest storage density available with the field-proven reliability and continuous high performance to support a broad range of workload requirements and high-availability use cases. 

It is the world’s highest capacity 3.5-inch 7200 RPM drive and delivers 33% more petabytes per rack compared to 12TB drives while maintaining the same footprint, with built-in data protection, including Seagate Secure Instant Secure Erase.

“The Exos X16 is key in reducing total cost of ownership for enterprise system developers and cloud data centres while supporting multiple applications with varying workloads,” says Seagate Technology product line marketing vice president Sai Varanasi. 

“It is the industry’s leading helium-based 16TB capacity drive. We are partnering with our cloud/enterprise customers to bring this product to the market to fulfil the pent-up exabyte demand in data centres.” 

Seagate continues to establish new benchmarks in speed and capacity with the announcement of IronWolf and IronWolf Pro 16TB drives, built for multi-user NAS environments and supporting workloads up to 300TB/year. 

IronWolf is the ideal drive for home and small office NAS systems that deliver performance, low noise and low power consumption.

IronWolf Pro drives are robust for NAS that operate in creative pro and small-medium business environments that demand heavy workloads to support their data needs.