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Seagate introduces world-first 16TB Exos HDD and IronWolf NAS drives

The 16TB Seagate Exos X16. (Source: Seagate)
The 16TB Seagate Exos X16. (Source: Seagate)
Seagate announces that it is now prepared to market enterprise- and server-grade hard-drives with capacities of 16TB for the first time. The Exos X16 is a helium-based 7200rpm drive, whereas the IronWolf 16TB and IronWolf Pro 16TB are NAS drives. Tencent Cloud has already picked up X16s for use in its operation.

Today (June 4, 2019), Seagate releases new hard drives for professional- or server-grade applications. They are the Exos X16, new IronWolf and new IronWolf Pro products. They exceed the company's top-end storage options in that they are all 16TB in capacity.

The Seagate Exos X16 is a 3.5 7200rpm drive. However, it is also helium-based, and can transfer 1.3 times more petabytes per rack than a comparable 12TB product. Therefore, Seagate has crowned the X16 an industry-leader in its enterprise-focused area. It is joined at launch by the IronWolf 16TB and IronWolf Pro 16TB. These NAS-type drives push new boundaries in server capacity, even in the home or office.

Then again, Seagate also asserts that these drives can also support multiple server-users simultaneously, and can handle a load of up to 300TB per year. The company has made this leap in order to keep up with the storage demands of the future: it estimates that this will grow from the current approximate 33 zettabytes (ZB; 2018 figures) to 175 ZB in 6 years.

In the meantime, Tencent Cloud also makes the announcement that it has already taken up and incorporated Exos X16s into its own concerns. This drive has a recommended price of US$629 and is available now. However, the 16TB IronWolf drives are not on sale at yet.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-06- 4 (Update: 2019-06- 5)