15-TB Drive Supports Scale-out Cloud & Enterprise Data Centers

Western Digital unveils what it’s calling the industry’s highest capacity HDD, the 15TB Ultrastar DC HC620 host-managed SMR HDD. According to its maker, the Ultrastar DC HC620 delivers an unprecedented capacity point with a time-to-market advantage for customers who have invested in and continue to take advantage of the benefits of SMR.

 

The Ultrastar 15TB host-managed SMR HDD is desirable for hyperscale cloud and traditional data center workloads, including large video surveillance “smart city” initiatives, storage for regulatory compliance, and Big Data storage. Incorporating 15TB HDDs allows a fully populated 4U60 HDD enclosure to reach a raw storage capacity of 900TB, which is an additional 60TB per 4U rack in the same footprint compared to those utilizing 14TB HDDs. In an at-scale environment where floor space, $/TB, TB per square foot, or watts per terabyte are critical, this TCO savings can be significant. Checkout the Ultrastar DC HC 620 HDD datasheet for more features and specs.

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