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Western Digital (WDC) Announces 22TB & 26TB UltraSMR HDDs

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Western Digital (WDC - Free Report) announced that it was “sampling” its latest 22 terabyte (TB) and 26TB UltraSMR hard-disk drives or HDDs for select hyperscale cloud customers. The company is expected to increase its leadership in area density and generate client value by lowering total cost of ownership (TCO).

The chosen few hyperscale customers are now receiving samples of the 22TB Ultrastar DC HC570 HDD and the new 26TB Ultrastar DC HC670 UltraSMR HDD. The DC HC570 HDD will begin selling in volume, while the sale of UltraSMR HDD will begin in the summer of 2022.

The Ultrastar Data60 and Data102 JBODs will be equipped with the new 22TB CMR Ultrastar HDDs. The company is extending OptiNAND innovations to its overall HDD portfolio.

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The company added that is on track to deliver 30+ TB with energy assisted PMR (ePMR), using its cutting-edge OptiNAND technology, ePMR, triple stage actuator, HelioSeal and UltraSMR technologies.

HDDs Designed to Lower TCO

The 22TB CMR HDD includes OptiNAND to deliver unparalleled areal density on a 2.2TB-per-platter HelioSeal 10-disk platform. The new ePMR drives use the OptiNAND technology to provide unmatched capacity, performance and data protection, per Western Digital.

Western Digital's new UltraSMR technology integrates OptiNAND with proprietary firmware, which takes advantage of HDD system-level hardware developments to enable huge block encoding and an enhanced error correction algorithm that boosts tracks-per-inch.

Western Digital's new 26TB Ultrastar DC HC670 UltraSMR HDD offers 2.6TB per platter and 18% more capacity for cloud clients optimizing their stacks to take advantage of SMR's benefits, per the company’s estimates.

The HDDs are also equipped with the ArmorCache write cache data safety feature. The feature can combine the performance of write cache enable with the data protection of write cache disable (WCD) for an enhanced layer of protection in case of an emergency power outage. In the WCD mode, OptiNAND provides the drives a significant speed boost, which is most noticeable in random writes with bigger block transfers, added the company.

Per Western Digital, IOPS and throughput will improve more than 40% when comparing non-OptiNAND common HDD that facilitate application transfer lengths of 256 KB or more, with a peak improvement of more than 80% at 1 MB transfer length. It provides customers with performance and data protection, regardless of the selected mode.

The pandemic-triggered woes and industry-wide supply-chain disruptions are concerning for WDC, which carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) at present. Shares of the company have lost 17.6% against the industry’s growth of 16.1%.

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