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Toshiba announces 5TB hard drive for cloud data centres

Big drive stores more data
Fri May 23 2014, 12:12

Toshiba 5TB enterprise hard drivesTOSHIBA HAS ANNOUNCED a range of larger 7200RPM hard drives, including one clocking in at five terabytes.

The cloud-focused 3.5in MC Series is available in 2TB, 3TB, 4TB and 5TB capacities with a 1TB aereal platter density and 6Gbps SATA3 interface.

Don Jeanette, senior director of marketing at Toshiba's Storage Product Business Unit burbled, "Our customers need efficient, high-capacity storage for their cloud-based servers and storage platforms."

The MC Series range supports workloads of up to 180TB per year, in line with the workloads found in cloud data centres.

Capacities and workloads demanded by the era of big data are increasing at an exponential rate, with estimates by the US Chamber of Commerce suggesting that over 90 percent of the world's data has been generated within the last 12 months.

The traditional mechanical hard drive sector is coming under increasing pressure from flash storage, which is coming down in price over the lifetime of each drive, with Sandisk's capacities reaching 4TB recently.

Many data centres are looking at ways of combining longer lasting but slower HDD drives with faster but more volatile SSD drives to create hybrid data centres with slower disks used for cold storage and SSDs for fast access requirements.

This principle has been used in the design of the data storage for IBM's Watson supercomputer, combined in a dynamic state known as Elastic Storage that IBM announced as a product recently.

Pricing and availability detail for Toshiba's new hard drive are to be announced, but we have put the question to it. µ


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