Western Digital, Dropbox Deploy Leading-Edge Cloud Infrastructure

Ultrastar-DC-HC650 Hard Drive

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A leading global collaboration platform, Dropbox, has become one of the first firms to qualify for the Ultrastarâ DC HC650 20TB, host-managed, shingled magnetic recording (SMR) hard disk drives (HDD) designed by the world’s most essential data infrastructures, Western Digital.

This has placed Dropbox at the forefront of leveraging data centre capacity, efficiency and scalability for meeting the increasing demands of cloud storage and services by businesses, teams and individuals around the world.

With Western Digital SMR HDDs serving as the storage foundation for its custom-built, multi-exabyte storage platforms, Dropbox continues its strategic path, taking advantage of the highest storage densities with the lowest TCO without sacrificing data durability and availability for its 600 million+ online customers.

As the industry’s first 20TB HDDs, the Ultrastar DC HC650 delivers unmatched TCO for scale-out enterprise and cloud data centres through increased storage density and improved power efficiency.

Featuring the highest capacity in the industry, cloud and enterprise customers recognize the benefits of SMR HDDs and are adopting the technology to contend with the massive growth in data.

When considering exabyte-scale needs, and associated capital and operating cost of the data centre, the long-term value in terms of lower cost-per-TB, higher density, low power and high reliability can help benefit the bottom line.

Several complementary technology innovations are featured in the Ultrastar DC HC650, including the industry’s first energy-assisted magnetic recording (EAMR) implementation, the industry’s first triple-stage actuator and the fifth generation of HelioSeal® technology.

Commenting on the latest development, the vice president of engineering at Dropbox, Mr Andrew Fong, stated that, “We’ve been working with Western Digital for many years and throughout several phases of our storage platform development.”

“Online tools and services are more important than ever before, so we need to be able to quickly innovate, expand functionality and scale to help stay competitive.

“We look forward to deploying these higher-capacity 20TB SMR hard drives to further our cost savings and to provide our customers with even more value. Western Digital is an important strategic partner and we look forward to continuously pushing cloud infrastructure boundaries together,” he added.

On his part, the vice president of enterprise hard drives at Western Digital, Mr Andrew Dorian, noted that “Dropbox was a pioneer in adopting SMR at scale, and their commitment has definitely paid off, giving them an early mover advantage by enabling rapid development of the highest capacity HDDs in the industry into their cloud infrastructure.”

“We are pleased to continue our long-term partnership with Dropbox to help them scale and capitalize on the growing customer demand for cloud services, online storage and remote collaboration tools,” he further said.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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