Feeds

Not a load of Tosh: 5TB 'surveillance drive' from Toshiba hits shelves

It's vitally important you have huge storage for videos, y'see

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Toshiba has wrung another market slot-filling product out of its 5TB disk tech – a surveillance drive.

The company has two existing 5TB disk drive products. There is the MC04ACAnnnE bulk storage drive spinning at 7,200rpm for servers and arrays with cloud-scale needs. It has a 6Gbit/s SATA interface and an 800,000 hours MTBF rating.

Secondly, there is the MG04 with 6Gbit/s SAS or SATA interface with a faster throughput.

The drive is classed by Toshiba as a “surveillance drive” as it's aimed at video surveillance storage needs, where a set of disk drives is used to record video images and/or data streams from CCTV cameras. The incoming data pattern is pretty uniform with known amounts and delivery rates, and data access needs are relatively rare.

Details of the third 5TB product, the new MD04ABA-V Series drive, are straightforward enough: we understand it’s a3.5-inch form factor offering 4 and 5TB capacities from its 5 x 1TB platters. It has a 128MiB cache, a 1 million hours MTBF rating, and rotational vibration damping to make it suitable for RAID enclosures. The thing supports incoming data streams from up to 32 high-definition cameras and is for 24 x 7 operation.

Toshiba_5TB_Surveillance_drive

Toshiba 5TB surveillance drive

Toshiba is being quite coy about the spin-speed, saying it is "low". We think that might mean 5,700 - 5,900rpm and cannot understand why Toshiba won’t publicly release such basic information.

Obviously the new drive means you can store more camera-sourced data in the same enclosure footprint, etc. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Bitcasa bins $10-a-month Infinite storage offer
Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
Pssst. Want to buy a timeshare in the clouds?
The Google dilemma — controller or spreader of knowledge?
CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz
Whole new species of XaaS spawning in the antipodes
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.