The Japanese company, which is in huge debt, does not give up the traditional storage market and reminds us that it has three active competitors, and not just a duopoly
Brand names like HGST, סמסונג And even Maxtor may confuse you, but in fact the mechanical hard drives market remains two main competitors, Seagate andWestern Digital - With another small alternative in the form of a company Toshiba (Toshiba), which reduced its interest in manufacturing only desktop 3.5-inch drives.
Such a situation is not really healthy, to say the least, for a market where we would like to see competition and attractive prices, and therefore we welcome any new move that may lead to any improvement in the situation, as now - when the same Toshiba Announces New Series Of Products, Specific For Arrays storage Retina, with its largest volumes so far.
The new N300 series is designed for relatively small NAS arrays with up to 8 drives storage (But of course you can also use it for regular desktops or larger arrays), and includes three different models in a volume of 4 terabytes, 6 terabytes and 8 terabytes. All models will rotate at a standard speed of 7,200 rpm, will include 128 megabytes of memory Fast DRAM-based cache, SATA III connection for maximum continuous transfer speeds of up to 230 megabytes per second and MTFT (average time to hardware) time of 1 million hours.
The new models have been developed for the purpose of surviving continuous work throughout the day and all day, as required for the world of storage arrays, and at Toshiba also declare a relatively low power consumption of less than 10 watts for all models, alongside relatively quiet operation of up to 30 decibel For a noise intensity over an average noise environment in a living room (in the 4-terabyte model and up to 33 decibels in the 6 terabytes and the 8 terabytes containing more plates) storage And reading heads.
The hard drives use the old and well-known PMR technology for storage on magnetic media, with plates up to 1.33 terabytes each, which is known to perform better together with the newer and denser SMR technology - and also the longevity enjoys, with no writing volume Bad for 180 terabyte mechanical drives every year.
The N300 models are expected to hit the market in the coming weeks, and although we still do not know what the official recommended prices will be - we are keeping our fingers crossed that this extra selection will help all prices for hard drives Desktops to become a little more user-friendly, both in the NAS and other consumer areas. Who knows, maybe these new series can turn 6 terabytes and 8 terabytes into the new default in the home market soon.