Toshiba HDD roadmap includes 30TB HDDs by FY 2023 and even larger drives in the future
30TB and larger HDDs are coming!
Published: 8th February 2022 | Source: Toshiba |
Toshiba plans to launch 30TB HDDs by FY2023
Big data needs big storage, and to have big storage you need big HDDs. In their latest press release Toshiba has stated that data generation is continuing to grow by "double digits" on a yearly basis, creating demand for denser storage mediums. This is especially true for operators of cloud services.
Toshiba has confirmed that they plan to release 30TB HDDs by FY2023, and even larger HDDs in later years. These HDDs will be created using new innovations like FC-MAMR (Flux-Controlled - Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording), MAS-MAMR (Microwave Assisted Switching - Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording), and Disk Stacking technology. Even further in the future, Toshiba is likely to use HAMR (Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording) technology in their largest drives.
To create larger HDDs, two techniques can be used. HDD manufacturers either need to install more disks into their HDDs, or find ways to fit more data into individual disks. Moving forward, Toshiba plans to use both techniques to create larger HDDs, confirming that they plan to create 40+TB HDDs beyond FY 2025.
Below is Toshiba's Press Release on their planned 30+ TB HDDs.
PR - Toshiba Unveils Path to 30 TB by FY23
Toshiba Corporation held an investor relations event in Tokyo, Japan. During Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation's presentation, Mr. Hiroyuki Sato, President & CEO of TDSC, unveiled a descriptive roadmap of Toshiba's next-generation Nearline HDDs. Data generation continues to grow at a double digit rates every year, and demand from cloud companies to store the burgeoning data is driving the need for higher capacity HDDs. To meet this surging demand, Toshiba plans to leverage its proprietary recording technologies, FC-MAMR (Flux-Controlled - Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording), MAS-MAMR (Microwave Assisted Switching - Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording), and Disk Stacking technology to lift Nearline HDD capacities to 30 TB by FY2023, and greater capacities beyond.
"Toshiba continues to work closely with the cloud companies to understand their exact capacity and performance requirements, and the ability to utilize our next-generation technologies will be key to meeting our customers' needs," said Raghu Gururangan, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. Vice President, Engineering & Product Marketing. "Many years of close collaboration work with our key component suppliers is leading to impactful technology breakthroughs to achieve higher capacities, which ultimately reduces TCO (total cost of ownership) of our Nearline HDDs."
As a global technology company that has been innovating in storage for years, Toshiba offers a comprehensive portfolio of HDD products that address the storage needs of enterprise, datacenter, surveillance, and client markets. Toshiba solves customer challenges with innovative HDD models focusing on four primary market segments. The AL Series focuses on the Enterprise Performance segment; the MG Series is aimed at Enterprise Capacity and Data Center needs; the MQ Series covers the broad spectrum of use cases that require Mobile Client HDDs; and the DT Series addresses the surveillance and traditional Desktop Client use cases.
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