Seagate Introduces 8TB Capacity on Several of its Drives

By CIOReview | Monday, September 21, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Seagate Technology has announced that its Enterprise Capacity 3.5 inch, Enterprise NAS and Kinetic HDD series of drives will now boost up to 8TB.

Except for Kinetic HDD all other existing drives still use traditional HDD technology. Seagate, however also makes clear that they are currently not interested in using helium in their drives instead they just want to increase the capacity for now.

According to Adam Armstrong’s observations in, Seagate’s 6TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 inch uses the same technology as the previous 9 generations. With the capacity increased by 33 percent, Seagate claims the new drive will deliver 100 percent increment in random read/write performance. The new Enterprise capacity drive also comes with double cache size with 256MB.

The Seagate NAS drives are high performing and are specifically designed to work in enterprise NAS environments. Seagate has focused purely on increasing the capacity of the drive while keeping the technology and firmware same. This in turn allows for using less drive and leaving a smaller footprint on the environment.

The Kinetic Open Storage platform simplifies large-scale storage architectures by eliminating the overhead of an entire storage server tier. The resulting fewer number of storage servers reduces power consumption and headcount expenses associated with managing storage, which translates into lower operating costs. The Kinetic Open Storage platform also improves drive and rack level performance by removing the need for legacy file systems and moving HDD storage media space management to the drive itself. The final result is a streamlined architecture; that empowers storage applications to communicate directly with the Kinetic object storage HDDs. Performance is also enhanced by eliminating storage server bottlenecks due to direct IP addressing each drive, which improves overall system level throughput; and the increase in capacity size further lowers TCO by giving higher capacity in a lower footprint.