Western Digital, a San Jose based computer storage company plans to reveal the 14 terabytes hard drive in 2018. Western Digital is one of the largest makers of hard drives. Vivek Tyagi, from Western Digital Corporation of India, announced that the 14 TB hard drive will be unveiled in the second half of the year. The 14 TB hard drive will be launched mainly for the data centres.
Mr Tyagi further added on about the main use of this hard drive. He revealed that the key purpose of this enterprise drive is not only to increase the storage capacity but also to decrease power consumption.
With the constant increase in the Cloud storage, the requirement for more data storage also increases. Today, everyone wants the data to be consuming lesser space and similarly lessened costs too.
Vivek Tyagi explains how these drives will consume less power. These are a helium-filled drive and they do not use the normal air to fill the drive. Since Helium is one-sixth lighter than air, it allows a bigger space and capacity than the usual hard drive. As a result, these drives consume about 30% less power.
Market Production of $2 Billion
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Expectedly, the Indian Cloud market will rise about a quarter every year until the year 2021. This will take the annual revenue rise to a figure of about $1.02 Billion.
Western Digital uses a technology on the basis of ‘Singled Magnetic Recording’ for its 14 TB hard drive. Mr Tyagi mentioned that there was a concern about the future of hard drives when the flash drives were first introduced 6-7 years ago.
Now, with the advances in the MAMR technology, it enables companies like Western Digital to make higher capacity drives and at a lower cost as well. Today, smartphones and other devices are the driving force behind the growing demand for more storage space for data.
Various sectors such as banking, finance, insurance, health-care and many more require data storage for examing and understanding the customer behaviour better. These sectors are the main consumers of bigger storage devices and data centres.
Smartphones have led to the generation of data at a very quick rate. There are now more than two billion people using a smartphone with high definition and high storage features. Furthermore, everyone is creating a lot of new content and all of it requires more storage space for storing data.
Dependency on Bigger and Faster Data
By the year 2050, there will be 50 Billion devices expected to be connected and creating more data. There are two types of data. One is the fast data which means the user needs quick access. On the other hand, the other data is the bigger data that needs to be stored in a drive with bigger capacity. It can probably even go to the Cloud for data storage.
Today the demand for bigger and faster data is constantly on the rise. There is a growing trend in the rise of very big Clouds service providers.
As new advances continue to emerge in technology, the maps in a car, for example, are changing from 2D to 3D. The expansion of the multiple operating systems running inside a car as well as the dashboard which monitors the car are examples of technology advancements. By the year 2020, each car will have a demand of at least 1 terabyte of local storage in it.
It is not easy to monetize and analyze the data on normal tapes and this is why Western Digital has developed an object storage solutions which overcomes this issue. Furthermore, there are affordable solutions present for the object storage. It enables the transferring of bigger data through online.
Mr Tyagi reveals that the MAMR technology has the prospect of reaching the 40 TB mark in the coming years. It is capable of cutting down space as well as the power consumption in the data centres.
Features and Specs of the 14 TB hard drive
Western Digital’s fifth-generation drives are helium drives. It has been built based on the HalioSeal technology. It is available on several interfaces such as on either 12Gb/s SAS or 6Gb/s SATA interface.
The inclusion of Two Dimension Magnetic Recording (TDMR) and the enhanced Dual-Stage Micro Actuator offers an excellent head positioning and rotational vibration robustness.
Western Digital’s 14 TB hard drives come packed with high-end security features as well. It protects the end user data with encryption and thus making it a self-encrypting drive.
There are no reliability issues with the fifth-generation drives. Moreover, it has a 5-years limited warranty. Thus, you can carry the drive anywhere without worrying about damaging the drive.
Growing Demand for Hard Drives
There is a rapid increase in the usage of flash hard drives. They are commonly used for the accessing information quickly such as in smartphones.
As more businesses like Hotels, Travels, Banking or Entertainment are coming online, there will be a lot of need to storage space in the future.
Furthermore, with the constant upward rise of technology in this era, there is already a huge dependency on the storage drives as the data keep racking up as days go by.
Storing data is going to become a lot simpler and easier in the future. Moreover, companies will keep coming up with fresh ideas to develop drives. It will not only offer huge storing spaces but also cost less. This will further increase the use of storage drives and make it a common device to store the data into.