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Seagate ships first 8TB hard drives

Seagate ships first 8TB hard drives

Seagate has begun shipping early models of its 8TB drives to partners in the Kinetic object-oriented storage programme, but is silent on when the units will enter mass production.

Seagate has announced that it is confident it will be successful in bringing its promised 8TB mechanical hard drives to market, claiming to have received 'very positive' feedback from customers receiving pre-production prototypes.

Seagate outlined its plans for large-capacity spinning-rust hard drives back in May this year. At the time, the company promised that it would follow its 6TB enterprise-grade products with 8TB and 10TB models before the end of the financial year. While that deadline applied only to small-scale production samples for Seagate's biggest customers, it appears to be one the company is confident of hitting with the first 8TB units already in its partners' hands.

Speaking during the company's most recent earnings call, Seagate chair and chief executive officer Steve Luczo confirmed that the first 8TB models have shipped to partners in its Kinetic object-oriented storage platform programme. 'We have also delivered 8TB customer development units to major customers and cloud service providers, and the initial customer feedback has been very positive,' he told analysts and press on the call. 'While it’s still early in the development of our Kinetic object-based storage platform, we are in deep technical discussions with a very broad-base of enterprise customers. We believe our focus on developing key values for object-based storage will make the Kinetic platform a differentiated offering in the cloud storage marketplace.'

What Luczo did not provide was a date when the drives would enter mass production as SKUs for general customers, and anyone hoping to get their hands on one could have a wait: Seagate has previously stated that its first 8TB and 10TB drives will be aimed firmly at the enterprise market and come with a price-tag to suit, with consumer-grade versions some way down the line.

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SchizoFrog 21st July 2014, 17:43 Quote
That is a hell of a lot of storage from the least reliable manufacturer of the lot. I don't think I'll be trusting them any time soon.
dstarr3 21st July 2014, 18:11 Quote
Well, this is where it starts. First generations are always buggy and expensive. Pretty soon R&D costs are recouped, cost goes down, and wrinkles are ironed out.

I don't mind just JBOD'ing two 4TB together. My big thing is I really need a 4TB portable hard drive. Can't wait for that.
SchizoFrog 21st July 2014, 18:42 Quote
Sorry dstarr3 but I found it funny that you NEED a 4TB portable drive, although I know I have know idea what you do. I just found it funny. :)
If you need that amount of data though is it really that much of a problem to use a standard HDD with an enclosure?
wolfticket 21st July 2014, 19:02 Quote
While HDDs are a bit old tech-y these days, and bleeding edge storage capacities have never made much sense,
I still can't help but be impressed that double figures TBs on a single 3.5" disk are almost here.
I remember being impressed when they first hit double figures GBs :)
debs3759 21st July 2014, 19:08 Quote
Not big enough. Think I'll hold off and wait for 15TB drives to become mainstream. I want a 120TB RAID 6 array. Should be able to fit my torrent download collection on that :)

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Seriously though, I am waiting for 8 or 10TB drives to go mainstream. RAID 5 sounds tempting when drives are big enough to not fill in a year!
Edwards 22nd July 2014, 08:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by debs3759
Not big enough. Think I'll hold off and wait for 15TB drives to become mainstream. I want a 120TB RAID 6 array. Should be able to fit my torrent download collection on that :)

</wit>

Seriously though, I am waiting for 8 or 10TB drives to go mainstream. RAID 5 sounds tempting when drives are big enough to not fill in a year!

The only significant issue I can see with disks of such a large capacity without great read/write numbers is that if a disk fails in your raid, it'll take two days(!) to repopulate the replacement.
ChaosDefinesOrder 22nd July 2014, 10:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Edwards
Quote:
Originally Posted by debs3759
Not big enough. Think I'll hold off and wait for 15TB drives to become mainstream. I want a 120TB RAID 6 array. Should be able to fit my torrent download collection on that :)

</wit>

Seriously though, I am waiting for 8 or 10TB drives to go mainstream. RAID 5 sounds tempting when drives are big enough to not fill in a year!

The only significant issue I can see with disks of such a large capacity without great read/write numbers is that if a disk fails in your raid, it'll take two days(!) to repopulate the replacement.

Don't read/write speeds increase as the data density increases? I know it's nothing like SSD speeds, but the "data rate" should increase for the same spindle rotation speed?
kHAn_au 22nd July 2014, 14:47 Quote
yes, sequential data rates can increase with areal density. seek time could be improved with a finer track pitch also. Worst case seek times won't change obviously- still 7200 rpm.

I run a few big raid 6's- >100TB. Some are over 150TB too. The IOPS density I need even from NL-SAS is only barely there at 2TB per disk.

Anyone seen if there have been any major changes in the mean time between uncorrectable bit error figures? I haven't looked into that in a while. At 8TB I'd be concerned about even getting a RAID 6 recovered with more than a handful of spindles in a RAID set.
dstarr3 22nd July 2014, 18:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Sorry dstarr3 but I found it funny that you NEED a 4TB portable drive, although I know I have know idea what you do. I just found it funny. :)
If you need that amount of data though is it really that much of a problem to use a standard HDD with an enclosure?

As a professional photographer, my 2TB portable is full and I need the ability to move all my photos around wherever I need them. Because I don't want to have to think about what photos I need to have on me any given day. If I can just have all of them on me all the time, my life is simpler. And unfortunately, a 2TB portable isn't enough anymore. So a 4TB portable would be a welcome device.
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