HDDs Shape Large-Scale Cloud Infrastructure

Western Digital reports that Dropbox is the first to deploy its Ultrastar Hs14 host-managed shingled magnetic recording (SMR) hard disk drive (HDD) at exabyte scale in its custom-built storage infrastructure, Magic Pocket. Dropbox completed qualification and is deploying SMR for its cloud storage environment. Leveraging the 14TB Ultrastar Hs14 HDDs and the company’s custom-built storage architecture, Dropbox is taking advantage of greater storage density and increased power efficiency, at the same level of reliability for primary storage in its cloud data centers.

 

Heralded as the industry’s first 14TB HDD, the Ultrastar Hs14 allegedly delivers among the lowest TCO for scale-out enterprise and cloud data centers. The drives are built on the proven and mature Western Digital HelioSeal platform to deliver one of the lowest watt/TB power footprint for online storage. Built for enterprise workloads, the Ultrastar Hs14 host-managed SMR HDD is ideal for ultra-dense scale-out storage systems, with uncompromising product reliability, necessary for private and public cloud enterprise applications.

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For more information, check out the Ultrastar Hs14 datasheet.

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