Hard Drive Capacities Reach 6, 8 TB.

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The three big hard drive manufacturers, Seagate, Western Digital, and HGST have released their 6 TB drives to the market, while Seagate is also sampling 8 TB drives. This is good news for the exploding cloud computing industry, as larger drives will allow data centers to more efficiently manage their storage.  It also comes at time when hard drive prices are beginning to normalize after the floods is Thailand in 2011.

Interestingly though, the cost per GB of SSD’s are falling at an alarming rate. It won’t be long before SSD’s start to become widely adopted in the big storage world. However the current bargain  desktop SSD leader (let alone enterprise drives), the MX100, comes in at .42 cents/GB   which is nearly 10 times the WD 6 TB at about .05 cents/GB. Also, the demand for drives optimized for  I/O intensive loads isn’t rising nearly as quickly as the demand for bigger storage.  The below IDC  chart shows just how much demand we are seeing.



SSD’s are growing rapidly in capacity and shrinking dramatically in price, but traditional hard drives are still king, and will be for quite a while still.


Nicholas Fusco

Nick Fusco is a young IT Consultant and "geek"! As a contributing author on GBD, he covers all things tech and writes reviews for a variety of products and services.

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  1. Bobby Arneth July 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    As you said data centers are starting to become more important with EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) being adopted by more businesses. The paper trails will soon enough be minimized. I cant wait for SSD adoption across the board.

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