It had to happen at some point. Seagate Technology announced Aug. 26 that it is now shipping the world's first 8TB hard disk drive to its frontline customers.
Such a large-capacity, industry-standard 3.5-inch storage drive is designed for scale-out data infrastructures that may be struggling to handle the ever-increasing amount of unstructured data that continues to pour into most enterprise systems.
Typical use cases for an 8TB drive would be bulk data storage solutions for online content storage, video and big data applications, such as oil and gas exploration, scientific experiments, weather and genome research.
The new drive features multi-drive RV tolerance for consistent enterprise-class performance in high density environments. The drive also incorporates a proven SATA 6Gb/s interface for efficient system integration in both private and public data centers.
Seagate is shipping the 8TB HDD drive to selected customers now with wide scale availability next quarter.