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Perhaps the most colossal and highlighted feature of hard drives until now has always been the amount of capacity they boast in a single drive. With a variety of hard drives now being offered with increased capacities and lowered prices, hard drives’ storage capacities are expected to increase by 250 percent in the next 3 years.

While there may be different forms of storage solutions available (ranging from solid state drives, solid state hybrid drives, external hard drives and smaller form factor drives), the ones that benefit cloud enterprise solutions as well as small and medium sized companies are the ones that offer the most capacity per buck. Seagate was the first storage medium manufacturer to bring out hard drives possessing a whopping capacity of 8 terabytes. No doubt, other companies are going to follow suit with their own 8 TB storage offerings, but what real advantages do larger capacity hard drives serve to the aforementioned businesses?

1. Reduction in cost per terabyte


Reduction In Cost Per Terabyte


The biggest perk of having large capacity hard drives; their price. Currently, the price of Seagate’s 6 TB hard drive comes with a price tag of $349.99 (through retail channels). While the cost of the 8 TB hard drive; upon being present on retail stores and other selling channels will carry a higher price tag compared to its smaller capacity variant, it will automatically trigger a price slash for smaller capacity hard drives (including the 6 TB one), making them even more affordable than before.

Cloud storage enterprise‘s main objective would most likely be to monitor these price reductions, after which they can slash the cost of their services. They will obviously have to form a budget regarding on whether to upgrade to 8 TB hard drives or stick to purchasing the more affordable smaller capacity hard drives. 

2. Reduced power consumption


Reduced Power Consumption


While hard drives may have their prices reduced, their overall power consumption will spell disaster for cloud storage companies and their indirect cost columns. According to Seagate, the company’s enterprise line up of hard drivesdeliver superior performance coupled with lowered power consumption.In addition, the hard drives have also been designed to run 24 hours of day, throughout the year with a MTBF (mean time before fail) operating statistic of 1.4 million hours (while running 24 hours a day). Which such impressive features incorporated in to these devices, cloud storage companies will be able to see an overall reduced consumption of power.

3. Less equipment required to run the hard drives

Less Equipment Required To Run The Hard Drives 

Hard drives require a specific form of paraphernalia to operate at their peak performing levels (for a cloud storage company, preferably server racks offer sufficient amount of space to accommodate large number of hard drives while giving them enough breathing room to operate efficiently without generating heat that go beyond their thermal threshold).

The addition of larger capacity hard drives will allow companies to reduce their server racks count thanks to a single 8 TB hard drive. In terms of a statistical measure, companies who are currently running hard drives possessing capacities of 4 TB each will be able to reduce hard drive mounting equipment by twice the amount. This will consume less area of the premises while delivering lower power consumption and reduced price.

Seagate had also announced that it is currently working on 10 TB hard drives; which will most likely be released 6 months after 8 TB hard drives become a mainstream storage product. With hard drives reaching impressive capacity counts, it presents several advantages for cloud storage enterprises and businesses that require the need of such company’s services.



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