One thing to sit up for: When Western Digital revealed its 20TB exhausting drive and new storage structure earlier this yr, it hadn’t offered a concrete date or worth for normal availability. Now the drives seem like on sale, although for a hefty price ticket and nonetheless with no exact transport date.
Western Digital first unveiled its 20TB enterprise-oriented exhausting drive with new OptiNAND expertise on the finish of August. OptiNAND makes use of embedded flash reminiscence to retailer drive metadata, which Western Digital says permits for extra storage and quickens entry to information. The corporate mentioned it was sampling the brand new drives to pick clients first whereas planning a wider launch later within the yr.
Now, the WD Gold 20TB exhausting drive with OptiNAND is on the market on Western Digital’s on-line retailer for round $680. The shop web page nonetheless does not give a launch date, but it surely pegs availability at one-to-two weeks. The checkout web page additionally exhibits transport as one-to-two weeks. It is unclear if that signifies the date vary inside which it plans to launch the 20TB exhausting drive or if it has already bought out and new inventory will not be in for one more couple of weeks. To date, Western Digital hasn’t made the 20TB exhausting drive accessible at another retailer. The web site additionally lists a 20TB Ultrastar exhausting drive however has no particulars on worth or availability.
Seagate already shipped 20TB exhausting drives utilizing HAMR expertise final yr. Each corporations hope to have 30TB exhausting drives within the second half of this decade (second-generation HAMR within the case of Seagate), and Seagate plans to get to 100TB by 2030.