Seagate has begun shipping final production versions of its 8TB mechanical hard drives to select customers, claiming the drives will be readily available for all in the next quarter.
Seagate's new 8TB drive is now shipping to selected customers, with the company promising general availability in the coming months.
Part of the company's high-capacity drive roadmap first unveiled in May this year
, the 8TB drives have previously only shipped as pre-production prototypes
to partners in the company's Kinetic storage platform programme
. During the company's earnings call earlier this year, chief executive Steve Luczo claimed that 'initial customer feedback [on the drives] has been very positive
,' indicating that there was little to do other than begin mass production for end-users to get their hands on the drives.
Now, Seagate has done exactly that, beginning with small quantity availability of final production models for selected customers - becoming the first storage company to hit 8TB in a single standard-size 3.5" chassis. 'As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centres,
' claimed Scott Horn, vice president of marketing at the company. 'Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the world’s first 8TB HDD, a ground-breaking new solution for meeting the increased capacities needed to support the demand for high capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage.
What Seagate has yet to share is the price, but with the initial 8TB models being targeted at enterprise use - although featuring a consumer-grade SATA 6Gb/s interface, for some reason - the drives will sit at the very top end of the storage market when they fully launch in the coming months.