Earlier today Seagate, one of the most well-known brands in storage has launched their newest and the industry’s widest range of 14TB hard drives to broaden their enterprise and specialty drive portfolio. From the Ironwolf and Ironwolf Pro for NAS duties to the Barracuda Pro desktop drive, the surveillance focused Skyhawk drives to the Exos X14 for hyperscale data centers Seagate has added high capacity drives pretty much across the board.
Seagate Expands Drive Lineup With 14TB HDDs
With the release of these drives compared to Toshiba’s offering of ONLY 14TB drives to the datacenter Seagate has made drives available across most of the market segments looking for this much storage. Seagate may just keep the NAND flash-based SSD wolves at bay for a bit longer with offerings like this. Seagate said this is a part of their drive to lead the industry into driving down data storage costs per terabyte through optimization, versatility of application and unmatched capacity. Whether for personal use, creative and design computing, online gaming, or large-scale surveillance systems and hyperscale environments, these drives could end up opening new data management opportunities across a wide range of markets or improve existing markets.
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“Data protection, management and archiving are no longer strictly the realm of IT departments, but are now essential responsibilities for business owners, creative professionals, online gamers and PC users alike, we understand the critical nature of data in unlocking opportunities to efficiency. From the largest data center to the personal user, our goal is to ensure every customer can access, store and transfer data quickly and reliably, whenever they need it and wherever they are.
Matt Rutledge – senior vice president of devices at Seagate.
Seagate has a lot to say about each product line, so I’ll go ahead and give you the highlights.
Ironwolf And Ironwolf Pro 14TB Drives
The Ironwolf and Ironwolf Pro drives are designed to be the end all be all drives for high performance NAS applications and are aimed at multi-user environments in mind and have a workload rating of up to 300TB written a year allowing you the most with your or your companies data The drives are optimized with their AgileArray firmware as the other Ironwolf drives that feature RAID performance, dual-plane balance, rotational vibration (RV) sensors, advanced power management, and error recovery control.
You also get Ironwolf Health Management and a 2-year Seagate Rescue Data Recovery ServicesHealth Management embedded analysis and recovery software works seamlessly with some of their key NAS partner systems, providing status updates and drive health analysis, allowing customers to be preventative, not just reactive. IronWolf and IronWolf Pro drives feature a 3-year and 5-year limited warranty respectively.
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“For many companies, data storage has become one of the fastest-growing parts of their IT infrastructure. Synology users will be excited by the new Seagate 14TB IronWolf drives. By collaborating seamlessly, Seagate and Synology deliver a reliable storage and backup solution for businesses to safeguard their valuable data.”
Vincent Tsai – product marketing manager at Synology Inc
Barracuda Pro 14TB Drives
As a result of the exponential rise of online interactions across a host of industries, and the constant demand for higher productivity, the BarraCuda Pro 3.5-inch HDD continues to offer professionals an ideal storage solution for desktop workstations or direct attached storage (DAS) systems.
Creative professionals, small businesses and IT staff all have a need for large amounts of data to be delivered efficiently and protected properly. The BarraCuda Pro delivers industry-leading 7200 RPM spin speed, along with 250MB/s data transfer rates and up to 256MB of cache, the highest available today, powered by Seagate’s Multi-Tier Caching Technology (MTC), delivering effortless performance in a massive 14TB of storage.
Whether it be data-intensive editing of 8k video or the transfer of large files to an attached backup, the BarraCuda Pro gives customers speed, versatility and durability at an affordable cost, as well as the support of a 5-year limited warranty.
Skyhawk 14TB Surveillance Drives
The surveillance industry is rapidly evolving and the demand for higher video resolution, analytics, and longer retention requires much greater storage capacities. Seagate SkyHawk drives provide the optimum combination of performance, high capacity and reliability, the three most important needs for surveillance customers and integrators.
With the ability to store over 9000 hours of HD video and up to 64 HD cameras, the SkyHawk 14TB is optimized for DVRs and NVRs, tuned for 24/7 workloads, and equipped with ImagePerfect firmware to minimize dropped frames and downtime. Supported by a 3-year limited warranty, customers can also benefit from unique SkyHawk Health Management technology that actively monitors and analyzes drive health, empowering users to prevent, intervene and recover from potential anomalies.
Exos X14 Hyperscale Drives
Built for the efficiency, reliability and security demands of the world’s most advanced hyperscale data centers, Exos X14 drives offer enhanced areal density which should deliver higher storage capabilities in a compact 3.5-inch form factor. Combined with what Seagate says is the industry’s lowest power consumption and best performance in its class, Seagate aims for the Exos X14 to allow those running data centers to maximize storage capabilities while reducing complexity and operational costs.
As the need for hyperscale and cloud storage increases exponentially, Seagate’s new Exos X14 drives deliver 40% more petabytes per rack compared to Exos 10TB drives, while maintaining the same small footprint. The helium-based Exos X14 also provides a 10% reduction in weight versus air nearline drives, and flexible formatting for wider integration options and support for a greater number of workloads. Exos X14 also ships in a modular enterprise system (Exos E 4U106) for easy scaling up to an unprecedented 1.4PB density.
Anticipating global security demands, Exos X14 drives feature “always-on” Seagate Secure protection, effectively encrypting all data without performance degradation. Exos X14 drives offer a 5-year limited warranty, and are designed to meet US Government Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2, Level 2 Security certification, as well as the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (CC) ISO/EIC 15408 compliance standard.
Pricing And Availability
The Ironwolf and Ironwolf Pro 14TB drives are available at an MSRP of $529.99 and $599.99 respectively. The Barracuda Pro 14TB is available for an MSRP of $579.99. The SkyHawk 14TB is available for $509.99 and the Exos X14 is available for an MSRP of $614.99