Seagate Launches First 16TB Enterprise Hard Drive and Offers Same Capacity Ironwolf Drive for NAS Systems

Seagate Technology, world leader in storage solutions, announces Exos® X16 Helium enterprise hard drive with record 16TB capacity. The drive has high performance and enables cost-effective and efficient management of ever-growing volumes of data in data centers. Seagate also updated its line of IronWolf and IronWolf Pro NAS drives with 16TB capacity additions.


The demand for hyper-scale, cloud and NAS storage solutions continues to skyrocket. The amount of data created, recorded and played back worldwide will grow from 33 to 175 zettabytes ZB between 2018 and 2025, according to a report by IDC in partnership with Seagate. The Seagate Exos X16 hard drive delivers the highest areal density of any hard drive available, field-proven reliability, and sustained high performance to meet the demands of a wide range of workloads and high availability solutions.

Exos X16, a 7200-RPM 3.5-inch hard drive, delivers the world’s highest capacity. It is designed to meet the wide range of needs of hyper-scale environments, data centers, OEMs and distributors. With increased I/O speeds and improved caching facilities, the new product allows

Maximize storage capacity, empower users and simplify multiple workloads of varying types. The 16TB Seagate Exos X16 hard drive delivers 33 percent more petabyte capacity per rack for the same compact footprint as a 12TB drive, helping to lower the total cost of ownership for storage environments.

“Exos X16 helps reduce the total cost of ownership of enterprise solutions and cloud data centers. At the same time, it supports multiple applications across a wide variety of workloads,” said Cy Varanasi, vice president of marketing at Seagate Technology. – Exos X16 is the first 16TB helium storage device on the market. We are now bringing this new product to market, delivering it to enterprise customers and cloud operators to meet the growing demand for exabyte-capacity storage environments.”.


Continuing to push the speed and capacity barrier, Seagate has introduced IronWolf and IronWolf Pro 16TB drives designed for multi-user NAS environments with workloads up to 300TB/year. IronWolf with its high performance, low noise and low power consumption is optimal for NAS systems used in homes and small offices for everyday backup, remote access and file sharing tasks. And IronWolf Pro drives will provide reliable NAS systems that both creative professionals and small businesses with data-intensive tasks can use.

“Tencent Cloud is building a digital ecosystem, developing the Industrial Internet sector and aiming to become a digital assistant for participants in various industries,” notes Zheng Yafeng, vice president of Tencent Cloud. – Partnering with Seagate makes it easier for us to work with the exponential growth of data volumes and modern architectures, from edge to cloud, throughout the entire lifecycle of information, from creation and recording to storage and use. Utilizing 16TB Seagate Exos X16 hard drives in our cloud environment, we realized a significant improvement in areal density, performance and cost savings. We’re meeting the ever-increasing capacity needs of our data centers by successfully implementing state-of-the-art solutions and applications to efficiently handle new challenges.

“In anticipation of the era of intelligent computing, Inspur is building a flexible, open, converged ecosystem for artificial intelligence that will enable us to offer end-to-end solutions to customers,” emphasizes Peng Zhen, vice president of Inspur Group. – By collaborating in areas such as big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence, Inspur and Seagate contribute to the digital transformation of enterprises. Companies put the 16TB Seagate Exos X16 helium enterprise hard drive through a series of cooperative tests that prove its performance and versatility in a variety of workloads. New hard drive allowed Inspur to increase storage capacity, simplify implementation and reduce total cost of ownership. Moving forward, we will continue to work with Seagate to help transform industries and help our customers prepare for the artificial intelligence age.

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