Western Digital Announces HGST Ultrastar He10, The World’s Fastest 10TB Helium Drive
Western Digital, one of the biggest names in hard drive manufacturing, may have just outdone their competition with the announcement of the new HGST Ultrastar He10. The new drive is the company’s third generation helium drive, using helium’s lightness to increase speed and storage density of device, and world’s fastest ever 10TB perpendicular magnetic recording hard drive.
These massive capacity drives are aimed at the data centre and enterprise usage, driving forward public and private cloud solutions, but will have an impact for consumers too, in terms of the likes of Netflix being able to swiftly build up capacity and keep streaming movies to end users smoothly.
Apart from its massive storage size, Ultrastar He10 also boasts incredible reliability and power efficiency with a 2.5 million mean-time-between failure rating which is probably the highest ever in the entire world from all storage drives. The drive also uses 56% less power per TB than traditional hard drives without helium.
“HGST continues to lead the industry in delivering the next highest capacity hard drive for enterprise applications, beginning with 4TB, then 6TB, 8TB, and now 10TB capacity-optimised enterprise HDDs,” said John Rydning, IDC’s research vice president.
The Ultrastar He10 will be sold as a standalone drive as well as part of HGST’s Active Archive System and is definitely not intended for regular consumer use which is why the price tag on it would be considerably high since even the much slower 6TB He6 costs well above $400.