Toshiba Unveils New 18TB MG09 Series Hard Disk Drives


9-disk Helium-sealed design plus innovations in energy-assisted recording allow heightened levels of storage density and power efficiency to be reached

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced the introduction of its new MG09 Series, which comprises the company’s first HDD models to feature energy-assisted magnetic recording. The MG09 Series is based on Toshiba’s proprietary third-generation, 9-disk Helium-sealed design and incorporates game-changing Flux Control – Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording (FCMAMR) technology. Thanks to these advances, Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) density has been raised to 2 TB per disk, thereby achieving a total capacity of 18 TB.

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With 12.5% more capacity than the previous 16 TB models, the 18 TB MG09 Series CMR drives are compatible with the widest range of applications and operating systems. These drives are adapted to deal with mixed random and sequential read/write workloads for both cloud-scale and traditional data centre implementations. They deliver 7,200 rpm performance, with a 550 TB per year workload rating and a choice of either SATA or SAS interfaces. All this has been packed into a compact industry-standard, power-efficient, Helium-sealed 3.5-inch form factor being supported.

The MG09 Series further demonstrates Toshiba’s commitment to the continued progression of HDD design, and the company’s ability to meet constantly evolving market needs for storage devices in cloud-scale servers, as well as Object and File storage infrastructure deployments in general. Through enhanced power efficiency figures and industry-leading capacity levels, these drives are set to enable heightened storage densities to be attained in cloud, hybrid-cloud and on-premises rack-scale operations. Reductions in the necessary CapEx will thereby be witnessed, so the total cost of ownership (TCO) can be kept to a minimum.

Sample shipments of 18 TB MG09 Series HDDs to customers are expected to start sequentially at the end of March 2021.

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