Seagate today launched the latest salvo in the hard drive capacity wars with the unveiling of new 8 TB hard drives for small businesses and enterprises.

The Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD, Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD and Seagate Kinetic HDD are billed as the “world’s highest-capacity, most reliable, and highest performance storage solutions available” by the company, specifically designed to suit the performance needs and environmental operating conditions of business users.

The Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD is targeted at business server and cloud use, boasting a 100 percent increase in random read/write performance compared to previous generations of drives. Meanwhile, the Enterprise NAS HDD focuses support on network attached storage in the workplace. According to Seagate, the new drive provides one-third more storage density for any tower or rack mount solution compared to the previous 6TB generation drive.

The Kinetic HDD is designed for data center installation, where Seagate are focusing in reductions in total cost of ownership and deployment time reductions. By combining an open source object storage protocol with Ethernet connectivity, the Kinetic HDD eliminates multiple layers of legacy hardware and software infrastructure – according to today’s announcement, the resulting reduction in capital equipment costs, power consumption and human expenses associated with managing storage offers total savings up to 70 percent.

The new Seagate 8 TB hard drive portfolio is currently making its way into selected organisations for testing, but is expected to be available later this year.

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