Over the last few years there has been a massive influx of information and data quantity which created what the industry views as a “new necessity.” This new necessity requires businesses to collect, have access to, and store data on a long-term basis. While it isn’t an entirely new problem, the rapid data growth in recent years has the spotlight focused on long-term data management. How is all this newly accumulated data being stored, how frequently is it being accessed, and for how long can content creators have confidence that their personal and business data can be retrieved reliably? These are just a few of the questions surrounding “Cold Storage”.
Reduced medial spin lowers power consumption and optimizes the drive’s read/write ratio for the rigid requirements of cold storage systems.
With 700 PBs of cold storage deployed in datacenters already*, WD’s 4th generation WD Ae Enterprise Hard drive utilizes innovative technology to reduce power consumption and lower operating temperature, which results in a more reliable and affordable solution for cold storage data archives.
*Data reflects archive drive shipments as of August 2014
Moving cold data to value-optimized archive media delivers significant TCO savings by freeing up expensive performance-critical storage system capacity.
As technology and manufacturing process mature over time the incremental capacity increases are realized. WD’s innovative Progressive Capacity model allows distribution of these incrementally higher capacity models taking advantage of their full capacity – 6.5TB for instance.
Access time to cold data is quickly becoming a critical feature of an on-line archive system and end users can’t wait hours, days, or weeks for this data to become available. The spin-down capability of WD Ae Enterprise Hard drive provides much faster access times than conventional archive tape with data access times of less than 20 seconds for on-demand data requests.
Best-in-class power management, reduced heat output, and next-generation technologies such as IntelliSeek combine to deliver a balance of performance and power that is perfect for cold data archive storage architectures.
Our enhanced dual-plane balance control technology significantly improves the overall drive performance and reliability. Enterprise Hard drives that are not properly balanced may cause excessive vibration and noise in a multi-drive system, reduce the hard drive life span, and degrade the performance over time.Dual actuator technology
A head positioning system with two actuators that improves positional accuracy over the data track(s). The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy.Ideal for:
The WD Ae server hard drives is best suited for cold storage, backup and data archiving where data is stored on disk but rarely if almost never read again yet may be critical at some future point, prime examples being legal data or photo backups.
|Learn More About||WD Ae 6.3TB 5760 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 inch Enterprise Hard Drive
Product Type Enterprise Hard Drive
|Hardware Specifications||Load/unload Cycles 300,000 minimum
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
MTBF 500,000 Hours
Operating Shock (Read) 65G, 2 ms