Western Digital gearing up to sell 3TB drives
Isilon to sell itself
Western Digital is tipped to barge into the 3.5 inch 3TB drive market as early as this month.
Techarp has been told WD will launch a set of 3TB 3.5-inch hard disk drives (HDD) later this month.
Currently only Seagate ships a 3TB dive, a 5-platter unit available as an external drive or included in its BlackArmor NAS desktop product.
The Caviar Black, Blue and Green products will have 3TB versions added as will WD's external drive products like the Elements and MyBook ranges. The drives will be available at launch or shortly after, giving WD's channel a great Christmas line-up.
In other news, Bloomberg tells us Isilon is for sale. The company makes scale-out clustered filers and is popular in the rich media sector, doing things like post-production processing for films.
Apparently it has hired Qatalyst Partners, the firm that so successfully orchestrated the bidding contest between Dell and HP for 3PAR, and made fortunes for the 3PAR investors concerned.
There is speculation that Dell might be a possible buyer, although having seen the Frank Quattrone price inflation effect at first hand it might prefer to soldier on with its Exanet acquisition, Exanet being the crashed Israeli scale-out filer maker whose assets it bought.
Isilon is not saying it is shopping itself around - publicly, it is focussed on growing its own business.®
I may be showing my age but I was taught to conserve space, clean up your old data and take out the trash. My problem with 2TB, 3TB, 10TB.......??? is very simple. It is on a mechanical device in a magnetic format that has a tendency to "age" with the magnetic domains interfering with each other over a long term and to "crash" as in the head physically scraping the data off the disk surface. Therefore, unless refreshed annually (?) it in not a good long term storage solution and for short term storage, how much data do I trust to a single mechanical device? This would then imply that I need several units to make sure that all of my data is safe from a crash. The problem with these large sizes and bulk storage is the time it takes for backups and updates and now I have to make several copies.
The drive industry is talking 10X and 100X the current capacities. No thanks. That’s OK for large projects but normal applications I would rather keep my data in smaller segments for easier backup. The only real value to me, other than special applications, is that making drives bigger means the cost of the smaller ones drops. Please go buy the 3TB units. With 5 platters and 10 heads, this means that there is 600GB on the single platter dual head version and although the cost won’t be one fifth, it will be substantially lower and much less susceptible to crashing.
Size is for power geeks. I want to hear how this impacts the low end cost.
Then again, if PCs were using EFI BIOSes, this wouldn't be a problem. Macs, having EFI BIOS since the Intel switchover, have no problems using these 3TB drives internally.
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