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Toshiba pushes hard drive capacity further with 16TB CMR

14 Jan 2019

Toshiba has announced the MG08 Series, the industry’s largest capacity 16TB conventional magnetic recording (CMR) HDD. 

With 33% more capacity than today’s widely adopted 12TB drives, and 14% more capacity than prior 14TB models, MG08 16TB drives are compatible with a wide range of applications and operating systems, and adapted to mixed random and sequential read and write workloads in both cloud and traditional data centre environments.

The MG08 Series is Toshiba’s second-generation helium-sealed HDD family, and eighth-generation Enterprise Capacity HDD family. 

Toshiba has delivered its industry-leading 16TB capacity and improved power efficiency by utilising the 9-disk helium design, introduced last year in 14TB models, and its own advanced precision laser welding process to ensure the helium remains sealed inside the drive case. 

The MG08 features 7,200rpm performance, a 550TB per year workload rating, a 2.5 million-hour MTTF, a 512Mib cache buffer, and a choice of SATA and SAS interfaces in an industry-standard, 3.5-inch form factor.

The MG08 Series HDD design aims to meet the needs for storage devices suited for use in cloud-scale servers and storage infrastructure. 

As data growth continues at an explosive pace, the 16TB CMR capacity will help cloud-scale service providers and storage solutions designers to achieve higher storage densities for cloud, hybrid-cloud and on-premises rack-scale storage. 

With improved power efficiency and 16TB capacity, the MG08 Series will help lower the TCO of storage infrastructure designed for applications such as data-protection, big data aggregation, content serving and digital archiving.

“Toshiba’s new 16TB MG08 Series delivers new levels of storage capacity and density while delivering improved power efficiency for our cloud-scale and storage solutions customers,”  says Toshiba storage products sales and marketing general manager Shuji Takaoka.

“Only high-density HDD technology can achieve our customers’ critical TCO objectives at a cost of pennies per GB.”

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