Several years ago, few people had 1TB (1,000GB) of storage space on their computers. Meanwhile, popular games became insanely big. There are currently games out there that require 200GB of space. Titles such as Red Dead Redemption 2 or Call of Duty Modern Warfare are among those that require the most storage space from a computer.
It was obvious that big changes were needed to make HDDs adapt to those insanely huge games. Perhaps that’s what the guys from Western Digital had in their mind when they decided to create a (Hard Disk Drive) HDD that reaches 26TB.
26TB DC HC670 UltraSMR HDD and the 22TB Ultrastar DC HC570 HDD are the new ‘stars of the show’
According to businesswire.com, Western Digital unveiled not one but two powerful HDDs with insane storage space: the 26TB DC HC670 UltraSMR HDD and 22TB Ultrastar DC HC570 HDD. Both drives are equipped with OptiNAND technology. The two beauties are available for select hyper-scale cloud customers.
Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, who is EVP and GM, HDD Business Unit, Western Digital, stated as businesswire.com quotes:
As a longstanding partner of the industry’s leading cloud providers, we understand their unique requirements in building next-generation cloud infrastructure and invested in several HDD innovations we developed alongside our areal density technology,
Our intent with taking this development strategy was not only to address the capacity demands of the world’s largest cloud titans but to deliver on a roadmap that would also support the evolving economics of their data centers for decades to come. With ePMR, OptiNAND and now UltraSMR as the foundation of Western Digital’s HDD roadmap, our cloud customers can continue rapidly scaling their business by taking advantage of our innovations to lower their storage TCO.
What do you think? Is an HDD of 26TB enough or not? Feel free to leave a comment!