SEAGATE HAS pledged to release a whopping great 16TB hard drive.
Currently, the company has reached 10TB, but Seagate believes it can squish even more into the space and has pledged to keep the pressure up on rivals like HGST, who continue to squeeze more and more data onto the traditional magnetic platters.
Seagate is getting the extra capacity through the use of helium, which makes the drives more able to cope with staying on track to the platter.
This isn't some weird shenanigans with data centre form factors, remember, this is standard 3.5in drives we're talking about. They're made for tough stuff, but they could just as easily go in your computer tower, though they'd probably double or triple its net worth.
There's a 12TB currently in testing and a 14TB version later in the year. From there, the 16TB version is likely to follow, says CEO Stephen Luczo, according to Geek.com. Some may even see it as soon as this year, but the demand is such that the likes of us won't see them until next year.
The other issue is cost. The current 10TB model was about £500 last time we looked, at that's after six months on the market. We'd expect therefore that you'll be paying about three times that amount for the 16TB when it appears.
It comes at a time when Solid State Drives (SSD) are at a crossroads. On one hand, demand has reached fever pitch as the products becoming smaller and cheaper. Seagate itself offers a 60TB SSD for data centres, if you've got the spondolicks. But conversely, the demand is now outstripping the supply, leading to shortages which are driving the price straight back up again.
All of which means that whereas just a few years ago it felt as though the days of the spindle drive might be numbered, as long as firms like Seagate can keep squishing in more terabytes, we're going to need them for a long time yet. µ
But it keeps the juicy details firmly under wraps
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