Seagate introduces breakthrough 30TB+ hard drives ramp volume

Monday, Jan 22, 2024 18:00

Hyperscale data centREs lead adoption of the new Mozaic 3+ platform that delivers unprecedented areal density of 3TB+ per platter.  — Photo courtesy of Seagate

Seagate® Technology Holdings plc (NASDAQ: STX) announced a milestone that marks a new era in the storage industry on January 22.

The company has launched the Mozaic 3+™ hard drive platform that incorporates Seagate’s trailblasing implementation of Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) technology. The launch heralds unparalleled areal densities of 3TB+ per platter—and a roadmap that will achieve 4TB+ and 5TB+ per platter in the coming years.

The Mozaic 3+ platform powers Seagate’s flagship Exos® product family, with newly announced, industry-leading capacity points of 30TB and beyond. Exos 30TB+ products are shipping in volume this quarter to hyperscale cloud customers.

Seagate’s areal density innovation—which increases the number of bits that can be stored on a platter—addresses common industry pain points. Mozaic 3+ enables customers to store more data in the same floor space than ever before. Upgrading from a 16TB conventional perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) drive (the average capacity in large-scale data centres) to an Exos 30TB Mozaic 3+ technology drive effectively doubles capacity in the same footprint.

The platform uses roughly the same material components as PMR hard drives while dramatically increasing capacity, allowing data centres to significantly lower storage acquisition and operational costs—including a 40 per cent improvement in per terabyte power consumption. Mozaic 3+ can also help customers achieve sustainability goals—a top priority for large-scale data centres—by offering a 55 per cent reduction in embodied carbon per terabyte (when comparing a 30TB Mozaic 3+ drive with a traditional 16TB PMR drive).

“Seagate is the world’s only hard drive manufacturer with the areal density capability to get to 3TB per platter and with 5TB on the horizon,” said Dave Mosley, Seagate’s CEO. “As AI use cases put a premium on raw data sets, more companies are going to need to store all the data they can. To accommodate the resulting masses of data, areal density matters more than ever.”

“The Mozaic 3+ platform represents more than just HAMR technology,” Mosley noted. “It comprises several industry-first innovations that we’ve integrated to help us scale areal density.”

Seagate is experiencing strong demand from data centre customers who are expected to complete qualification of Mozaic 3+ and move into volume ramp by the end of this quarter.

In addition to data centres, Mozaic 3+ storage technology will enable a wide range of use cases, ranging from enterprise, to edge, NAS, and video and imaging applications (VIA) markets. — VNS

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