Two More Data Storage Advances You Need To Know About

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2018

Seagate release five new 14TB drives…

Seagate has finally joined the helium-based club with their new Exos X14 drives. Packing a massive 14TB each, these new drives are specifically designed for use in hyperscale data centers where space is at a premium, and energy use and heat production need to be reduced. According to Seagate, the Exos X14 offers 40% more petabytes per rack than the X10 drives they replace.

They have also taken the opportunity to launch several more 14TB drives for specific applications. The IronWolf and IronWolf Pro drives are for heavy workload NAS units, the BarraCuda Pro will be installed in professional-grade workstations, and the SkyHawk14TB is aimed at HD video recording and surveillance applications.

…but they may become redundant very soon

As OEMs push the boundaries of magnetic disk storage, scientists have developed yet another technology that will smash current capacity limits. By as much as 1000 times.

Using a technique originally designed for atomic-scale circuits, the team at the University of Alberta have built a revolutionary storage medium. By adding and replacing single Hydrogen atoms to an array, they can now read and write data.

Previously this technique could only be used at ultra-low temperatures, but refinements now mean that the system now operates reliably well above room temperature. The team has since demonstrated a potential capacity of 138TB per square inch – equivalent to writing 300,000 letters on a single grain of rice.

With issues of stability addressed and proof of concept models working consistently, the researchers claim that the new nanotechnology will become a commercial reality in a matter of years. If true, traditional hard disk drives and SSDs may soon be a thing of the past.

But while you wait for the release of your first hydrogen atom device, CDS can ensure your spinning disk-based arrays continue to operate optimally. Give us a call today to learn more.

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