Her great competitor Seagate Promised to provide us with 16 Terabyte drives before the end of the current year - and in the meantime we are getting a new record in the form of Western Digital 15 Terabyte drives
The transition to chips NAND QLC technology may break the existing status quo someday, but in the meantime, mechanical hard drives continue to control everything about ultra-large storage volumes at reasonable and accessible prices for all - and their crawl forward now continues with the launch of new Ultrastar DC HC620 models Western Digital, The 14 terabyte we have seen in the past, and the 15 terabyte volume, which is a new record for the field.
The new drives are based on eight magnetic plates inside a sealed helium compartment, of course, and are designed to experience information centers as their names suggest - with compatibility to only SAS interfaces, 6 gigabits per second or 12 gigabytes per second.
The HC620 models are also based on SMR technology that requires dedicated management software to deliver effective performance, which once again reminds us that these drives are not to be found in the home market either, but hey - the achievement itself gives us hope that further development will be seen later. It's available to many of us, just as it was with 14 terabyte and 12 terabyte volumes earlier.
The growth of just one terabyte, compared to the 2 terabyte volume increase we have been accustomed to since the first 8 terabyte product arrived, probably reinforces the assumption that HC620 will be one of the largest mechanical drives ever based on storage technologies. The "traditional" of SMR or PMR - from here on out any further real development will require the maturation of the future HAMR and MAMR technologies, which use innovative energy sources to change the state of the magnetic particles across the media moving there storage The information is based on them.
Seagate has announced that it will launch its first commercially available 16 terabyte drive based on its HAMR technology at the end of the year 2016, but now we are very close to this deadline and there seems to be a good chance that WD will end the year as the domain's volume champion thanks to For its current product, despite everything.
Concurrent with the announcement, the financial reporting season has also provided us with verification that WD is feeling well down on the prices in the storage market with revenues of just over 5 billion and net profit of 909 million, certainly healthy data on paper, but less than those seen at the time Last year - which was enough to bring down a few billion dollars in the company's market value.
The downward trend in demand for mechanical drives is clearly evident, with 42.2 million drives in Q3's third quarter shrinking to sales of 2017 million drives in the current quarter - and at the same time the manufacturer declared a plan to reduce infrastructure investments and reduce the volume of flash chips to try and deal with 34.1 Steep in practical price levels without collapsing profit margins.