Thursday, January 14, 2016

Seagate Introduces NAS 8 TB Hard Disk Drive

Seagate  announced the launch of the Seagate NAS HDD 8TB, the world’s highest-capacity drive optimized for RAID, Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and server storage. These reliable, scalable drives address the ever-growing data challenges for the Small- and Medium-sized Businesses (SMB), Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and creative professional segments.

The Seagate NAS HDD 8TB is the largest NAS optimized drive on the market. That means businesses will require fewer drives—and subsequently fewer expensive enclosures—to meet their data storage needs. The new 8TB drives are designed for tower enclosures with one to eight bays, delivering up to 64TB in a single eight-bay desktop form factor. This high storage density gives small business the high capacity and flexibility to address the data challenges on the immediate horizon while preparing for the future.

“Our customers are finding themselves under more pressure than ever as the volume of data they need to deal with continues to increase dramatically,” said David Chiang, general manager of business division, QNAP Systems, Inc. “QNAP is focused on delivering scalable and reliable NAS solutions to address these needs, giving users the confidence that their information is secure and available. The new Seagate NAS HDD 8TB will offer professionals a huge capacity with which to easily manage this growing amount of data.”

“Delivering the flexibility and access that users require is a constant challenge, especially in a world where there are more users with more devices expecting seamless access and flawless performance,” said Chad Chiang, product manager at Synology Inc, a leading NAS solution provider. “NAS solutions are rapidly becoming the storage medium of choice for organizations with limited IT resources that need a quick and easy solution to manage their data. The new Seagate 8TB drives will give our customers incredible capacity to handle the huge volumes of data their users are creating and sharing.”

The new Seagate NAS 8TB HDD is optimized for a diverse set of NAS use cases including backup and disaster recovery, print and file servers, multimedia storage, archiving, file sharing and virtualization. In addition, industry-leading NAS manufacturers including ASUSTOR, QNAP, Synology and Thecus have qualified the NAS HDD 8TB for compatibility in a number of their products.

Suitability for 1- to 8-bay enclosures
180TB/year Workload Rate Limit (WRL) -- the largest WRL for this category of NAS drive, offering businesses peace of mind that heavy workloads can be easily managed
MTBF of 1M hour -- demonstrating mature robustness of the drive family
Three-Year Limited Warranty -- peace of mind from a reliable NAS HDD

One-of-kind optional three-year Rescue Data Recovery service to protect against potential data loss
If you don't need or want an 8TB NAS drive, don't worry; Seagate is also producing 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6TB capacities. Unfortunately, you cannot buy the 8TB NAS variant yet. The company has shipped the drive to a very select group of customers, but promises to make it more widely available towards the end of Q1 2016. Pricing, sadly, is a mystery, but more should be revealed later in the quarter.

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