We like to "ooh and ah" about the fastest PCIe storage devices around here, but when it comes to capacity, spinning platters probably aren't going away any time soon. Toshiba has announced its latest MG06 7200 RPM hard drives for large business applications. The largest of the MG06 drives is a 10 TB unit that offers a 25% increase in maximum capacity compared to the last generation's largest model. The company says the latest drives also have a faster maximum sequential speed of 237 MB/s and a 25% longer mean time to failure of 2.5 million hours (over 285 years). What hasn't changed is the SATA 6 Gbps interface.
The new drives are also available in 6 TB and 8 TB capacities in addition to the range-topping 10 TB unit. Building off those three capacities, a total of nine different models are available: three with native 4096-bit sectors, three with 512-bit emulation on board, and three more with 512-bit emulation and sanitize instant erase (SIE) capabilities.
All models have a 256 MB buffer. Only the largest model is capable of transfers at up to 237 MB/s—the smaller drives are a little slower at a claimed 230 MB/s. Power consumption ranges from 5.6 W to 7.3 W typical, increasing with drive capacity. The drives have the expected standard 26.1 mm height and fit into standard bays. Toshiba rates the drives to handle 550 TB of transfers per year.
Toshiba says the MG06 line is intended for use in tier 2 business-critical servers with demand for high capacity per spindle, such as capacity-optimized storage, cloud-scale storage, and data archive and backup infrastructure.
According to the company, sample shipments of the MG06 hard drives are available now. The company didn't provide any pricing, but we suspect the MG06 drives to be priced competitively with other 10 TB drives targeted at the same market.
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