Seagate's New Skyhawk HDD Designed for AI Use Cases

SkyHawk AI hard drive, which comes in 10TB and 8TB capacities, has the processing power to manage always-on, data-intensive workloads.

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Because artificial intelligence everywhere is such a trend in 2017, it had to happen at some point that a storage hardware maker would optimize a new product specifically for AI workloads.

Seagate Technology is that company. The Cupertino, Calif.-based storage device maker on Oct. 30 introduced its SkyHawk AI hard disk drive, the first drive created specifically for AI enabled video surveillance solutions.

The SkyHawk AI hard drive, which comes in 10TB and 8TB capacities, has the processing power to manage always-on, data-intensive workloads while simultaneously analyzing and recording footage from multiple HD cameras, the company said.

Analytics on video surveillance hardware is growing exponentially. IHS Cropley research has forecast an increase from 27.6 million shipments in 2016 to 126 million shipments in 2021 as hardware manufacturers continue to include analytics sensors on network video recorders.

This trend will only increase as AI use cases–particularly deep learning and machine learning applications, such as facial recognition and analyzing irregularities in behavior–become increasingly prevalent. In parallel, the need for fast video analytics will continue to rise, increasing the workload burden on NVR storage, the company said.

SkyHawk AI is designed for intensive computational workloads that typically accompany AI work streams due to its high throughput and enhanced caching, which offer low latency and high random-read performance to locate and deliver video images and footage analysis.

SkyHawk AI drives are covered by a 5-year limited warranty and are bundled with 2-year coverage from Seagate Rescue Services. The units sell for $449.99 (10TB) and $349.99 (8TB), respectively.

SkyHawk AI is now shipping to customers worldwide through appointed authorized distributors. For more information, go here.

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