Enterprise HDD Reviews
by Alex Schuchter

WD Red 14TB NAS HDD Review

Western Digital released a new line of Red NAS drives in November of 2019 and among the newly launched drives a 14TB HDD was released; expanding the maximum capacity for the line’s HDDs. Purpose built for NAS system compatibility WD Red (non-pro) drives are ideal for home and small business NAS systems with up to 8 bays running in a 24/7 environment while supporting up to a 180 TB/year workload rate. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Exos X16 16TB HDD Review

Seagate continues to expand the capacity of their HDDs with the launch of the Exos X16 family earlier this year. As the second name implies, the capacity of these drives runs up to 16TB. The massive capacity in a 3.5” form factor can supply up to 33% more petabytes per rack, compared to 12TB drives. This would make the Exos X16 an ideal choice for hyperscale applications/cloud data centers, scale-out data centers, Big Data applications, and distributed files systems such as Hadoop and Ceph. The drives also have a 14TB version available. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K v9 HDD Review

Seagate Technology has released yet another version of its 10,000 RPM, SAS, 2.5” Enterprise Performance HDD, this being its ninth. Much like the pervious versions, the latest is geared more for write-intensive applications. One major change is that the drive now has upward capacity of 2.4TB (the previous generation topped out at 1.8TB). While this isn’t nearly as high as one would see in a 3.5” drive, it is still a lot of capacity that can be put into a small footprint. Seagate offers a FIPS 140-2 model and a SED model in the smaller capacities.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K HDD v6 Review

The Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K is a 2.5” SAS HDD, Seagate’s sixth generation of the 15K drive. This time around Seagate has made a drive with up to 900GB of capacity and a 50% increase in performance over the previous generation. The drive is designed to meet the performance demands of several applications while having a small physical footprint and a lower total cost of ownership versus other high-performance options.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Gold HDD Review (8TB)

The WD Gold hard drive is designed for a wide range of demanding use cases, including small- to medium-scale enterprise servers/storage and rack-mount datacenter servers/storage enclosures. Announced back in April of this year, the WD Gold can handle up to 550TB in workloads per year with an MTBF of 2.5 million hours. The WD Gold also leverages HelioSeal helium-technology, which allows the HDD to increase performance, capacity per square foot, power efficiency and low power consumption needed to effectively operate in datacenter environments of all sizes.

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by Adam Armstrong

HGST Ultrastar He10 10TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review

Data volume, especially Big Data, continues to grow at amazing rates, however, IT budgets are not growing at the same rate. Organizations are looking to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) to help them tackle the growing data volume. HGST’s latest helium drive, He10, is an effective tool companies can use to do just that. The He10 is a 10TB HDD that utilizes PMR technology and HGST’s proven HelioSeal technology. This new HDD is designed to deliver capacity, efficiency, reliability, and reduced power usage to the data center.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate SkyHawk Surveillance HDD (10TB) Review

Seagate has been supplying customers will surveillance drives for 10 years now. As part of their newly announced Guardian Series, Seagate release a new surveillance drive, SkyHawk. The SkyHawk (named after a beast like the other Guardian Series) comes in capacity from 1TB up to 10TB. The drive has been optimized for either DVRs or NVRs and can support up to 64 HD cameras.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 8TB Review

The Seagate Enterprise NAS is the company’s purpose-built line of HDDs to address mid-range NAS, server and cloud storage use cases. For this review, we will be looking at the 8TB model, which is Seagate’s most recent addition to the Enterprise portfolio and 2TB more in storage capacity than the previously reviewed Seagate Enterprise 6TB model. Like its smaller brother, the 8TB model is built to provide optimum performance in an NAS environment; that is, sustained performance and 24×7 access.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 2TB 2.5” HDD Review

The Seagate Enterprise Capacity HDD v3 is a 2.5” drive is Seagate’s third generation of Enterprise Capacity drives, this time with the highest capacity currently available for 2.5” HDDs at 2TB (Toshiba has a 3TB 2.5” HDD but it is not currently available). The drive also comes in 1TB, 500GB and 250GB capacities. The drive is available in either 12Gb/s SAS or 6Gb/s SATA. And for users looking for an extra secure solution, the Seagate Enterprise Capacity HDDs come in Self Encrypting Models (SED) with Secure Erase technology and come in a government-grade SED FIPS 140-2 models. 

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD Review

The 8th generation Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K 2.5" HDD allows data centers to keep up with the rapid growth in data all the while offering low power consumption. The 10k.8 drives are optimized for write-intensive applications such as mission-critical servers, external storage arrays and power- and space-constrained data centers as well as with enterprises with compliance or data security initiatives or those looking to migrate from a 3.5-inch drive form factor system to the 2.5inch next-gen technology. In addition, Seagate offers a TurboBoost model, which helps to accelerate I/O operations and to optimize response times in order to complete additional transactions at a faster rate. The Seagate Performance 10K.8 comes in capacities up to 1.8TB, and while it is more than the previous 10k.7 version and triple the storage pool of the 15K version, it still is much lower than most other enterprise drives out there. That being said, the Seagate Enterprise Performance line of HDDs certainly offers higher performance than the company's previously released hybrid drives. 

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