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WD 14TB HGST HDDs presented
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    Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), a global data storage technology and solutions leader, today announced that it is providing cloud and hyperscale data centers the capacity required by big data applications with the world’s first 14TB enterprise-class hard drive featuring host-managed shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology. Western Digital’s HGST-branded Ultrastar® Hs14 delivers 40 percent more capacity and more than twice the sequential write performance of its SMR predecessor, enabling more economical and efficient capture of the growing volume and variety of data.

    The future is built on the insights and predictive power of big data. As data grows exponentially, storing it all in an affordable and accessible manner is an ongoing challenge for enterprise and cloud service data center operators. With a focus on total cost of ownership (TCO), the factors of capacity per rack, power consumption, cooling, maintenance, and acquisition cost are all paramount. To combat the big data challenge, Ultrastar Hs14 drives deliver unprecedented capacity leadership and online watt/TB power efficiency for extremely low TCO by harnessing two core complimentary technologies – fourth generation HelioSeal® technology, and second generation host-managed SMR – along with enterprise-class reliability. These mature, field-proven technologies provide the foundation for delivering efficient, quality and reliable performance required by cloud and hyperscale environments, perfect for ultra-dense scale-out storage systems running sequential write workloads. By utilizing SMR technology, Ultrastar Hs14 HDDs offer a 16 percent increase in capacity while keeping highly predictable, highly reliable performance.

    Over 70 percent of the exabytes Western Digital ships into the capacity enterprise segment are on helium-based high-capacity drives and continue to support customers with outstanding reliability, performance and value Quality of Service (QoS)," said Mark Grace, senior vice president of devices at Western Digital. "The TCO and reliability benefits of our HelioSeal platform are the foundation of our leadership in high-capacity enterprise storage."

    Ultrastar Hs14 14TB Enterprise Drive Features and Specifications:

    • HelioSeal Technology: Western Digital’s fourth-generation helium filled drive technology brings the highest capacity hard drive to market much sooner than competing offerings.
    • Host-managed SMR Technology: Second-generation enterprise storage deployment of host-managed SMR delivers 14TB with no compromise of performance predictability and consistency. Host-managed SMR hard drives are designed specifically for sequential write environments, and will not work as drop-in replacements for traditional capacity enterprise drives.

    Reliability: Amongst the industry’s highest MTBF rating at 2.5M hours.


    The Ultrastar Hs14 enterprise hard drive is currently sampling to select OEMs and comes with a 5-year limited warranty. For more information on the Ultrastar Hs14 14TB enterprise drive, visit:

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  • Any price announced yet?

  • For now, both availability and pricing are unknown.

  • Its little brother, the Ultrastar HE10 tends to go between $450 and $550 so I'd expect it to retail for at least 50% more than that.

  • 4Tb was $69 on offer yesterday :-)

  • I eagerly await the day when 14TB enterprise drives are selling for $17.25/TB. :)

  • @eatstoomuchjam

    I think it is quite clear that for now we see organized monopoly behavior in retail market.

    Also you must always note that actual price of big contracts for datacenters and big clients is much lower. Many of such contracts can be not for profit at all, as owners of both companies (HDD manufacturer and big client) match and just do transfer of produced goods from one branch to another.

  • @Vitaliy_Kisilev Definitely. The price per terabyte of hard drives has been pretty stagnant for a while (with pretty from SSD prices less of a factor since they've been rising). I used to be with a pretty big datacenter and you're right - nobody pays retail, but our discounts were never even nearly enough to drive enterprise drives down to consumer prices... though we weren't lucky enough to be owned by a major storage vendor (unlike my current job which is sort of owned by a major storage vendor who is owned by major systems integrator).