Seagate is now shipping what it claims is the world's fastest 6TB hard disk drive (HDD) for scale-out, Cloud-based datacentres.
The manufacturer says its new drive offers performance that is up to 25 per cent better than its competitors.
Seagate vice-president of marketing, Scott Horn, said unstructured data growth is doubling exponentially and digital storage will reach 16 zettabytes (16 billion terabytes) as early as 2017. Cloud service providers will search for ways to store more using existing footprints while lowering operational costs.
"Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the fastest 6TB enterprise capacity HDD-based on our proven, reliable platform meeting this never-ending demand in both private and public Cloud datacentres."
The company said the enterprise capacity 3.5 HDD v4 features the fastest performance available for a nearline HDD. It claims the drive employs the latest generation of 12Gb/s statistical analysis software (SAS), and gives customers scalability for future-proofing their systems.
The drive is said to be purpose built for enterprise environments. It uses T10 and T13-compliant power management standards and Seagate said this allows organisations to tailor systems for energy use that will result in up to 90 per cent power savings.
Seagate has not yet produced any data to support these claims, or provided details of testing environments.