Seagate announced yesterday that they just shipped the world’s first 8TB hard drive. Currently the biggest hard drive you can buy is 6TB, making the leap to 8 a big improvement. Hard drive design is becoming more efficient as they decrease the space between each disk. Online content providers depend on efficiency and the bigger the hard drive the better, as they have ever increasing demands for storage space.
“As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. “Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the world’s first 8TB HDD, a ground-breaking new solution for meeting the increased capacities needed to support the demand for high capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage.”
The new drive uses fewer components than its predecessors and reduces power consumption. It features “multi-drive RV tolerance for consistent enterprise-class performance in high density environments.”
Seagate is currently shipping the drive to a select few customers and plans to widen the scale in the first quarter of 2015.