CES 2018: Seagate launches 5U84 high density enclosure with next generation operating system; partners to offer latest mobile data storage solutions



Seagate Technology announced on Monday the launch of the 5U84 high-density enclosure built with a next-generation operating system that together delivers performance, capacity and reliability. The 5U84 enclosure and firmware technology will enable businesses to store massive quantities of data in a high-availability enclosure that provides high performance access to data.

Seagate Systems’ operating system powers high density 5U84, but improves the system’s performance and reliability, increasing confidence in using high-density enclosures. As with any technology, it is critically important to create layers of protection when it comes to data storage, particularly in markets such as video surveillance, where the integrity of the data is critical.

Using next generation data protection technology, Seagate’s Advanced Distributed Autonomic Protection Technology (ADAPT) can eliminate up to 95 percent of performance degradation during a disk drive rebuild when compared to traditional RAID solutions, meaning the 5U84 is essentially “self-healing”. The technology disperses data across multiple drives, allocating more resources to rebuilds, reducing the time needed, minimizing the risk of a data unavailability issue and giving the end user uninterrupted access.

Seagate also announced a range of new products at the CES 2018 conference designed to equip increasingly mobile population with solutions that solve key challenges they face when creating, processing and accessing their data on-the-go.

Seagate’s 5U84 enclosure features 5U rack-mount enclosure stores up to 8 petabytes of data per rack; delivers power conversion; offers up to 84 3.5-inch SAS hard disk drives or solid state drives per 5U enclosure; drawer design provides high density per rack unit; easy access to hot swap drives; and offers expansion capability of up to 336 drives.

It also delivers dual 12Gb SAS I/O modules with integral data path redundancy for high-availability; dual controller configuration that supports multiple chassis, which lowers SKUs and complex configuration issues; ideal optimization and reliability, and ultra high performance of 600K IOPS at 1ms latency for 2U24 AFA configurations at 1ms latency for near instantaneous access to data.

“Increasingly, our customers are focused on maximizing up-time and minimizing the cost of service. Traditional data protection approaches in a high-density enclosure often result in un-manageable rebuild times in the event of a device failure. With this new operating system release, we are enabling customers to use high density enclosures with high capacity drives more confidently as we have dramatically reduced the rebuild window required,” said Ken Claffey, vice president, Seagate Systems. “Businesses need storage with all the performance, security, and management features technology can offer, but they also need to be able to access their growing data sets with accuracy and speed to promote business continuity. With this next-generation operating system, businesses are provided with multi-core functionality, allowing multiple cores to share the workload as specific processing tasks are distributed to individual cores, meaning every resource is used to its maximum potential.”

“Our world is becoming more data-centric, connected and mobile. This means creating, transferring, storing and accessing data quickly and reliably is critical to unlocking the potential of everything – from data created in the field, to data powering self-driving cars, AI personal assistants or virtual and mixed reality experiences,” said Tim Bucher, senior vice president of Seagate consumer solutions. “At Seagate, we’re constantly pursuing innovative ways to address our customer needs so they can gain a competitive edge in whichever field they play.”

Videographers wanting to capture footage in the field, for instance, can streamline their on-set workflow using the second product offering from Seagate’s partnership with DJI, manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles, which looks to advance data solutions for the UAV ecosystem.

The LaCie DJI Copilot, with design by Neil Poulton, is a complete backup on-set solution – enabling drone users to ingest and review their content in full resolution without a PC. This changes the game by allowing creative professionals and consumers to playback, copy and manage their drone footage from their mobile device without the hassle of leaving the field or booting up a computer.

Users can quickly connect and reference the built-in screen to initiate direct file transfer from an SD card to LaCie DJI Copilot – without the need of a laptop or a mobile network. The Copilot BOSS (Back-up On-Set Solution) app by LaCie allows users to playback video in full resolution as well as manage and organize files with their mobile phone or tablet, and a built-in power bank recharges the mobile devices.

With 2000GB (2TB) of storage, the LaCie DJI Copilot enables users to store up to 65 hours of 4K 30fps video footage and 20K+ RAW photos. The LaCie DJI Copilot’s street price in the U.S. will be US$349, and will be shipping in the spring.

Another challenge facing many mobile users is extending the storage and battery life of their smartphones so they can capture, access and view content for longer periods of time.

For consumers in China and Indonesia – two countries with some of the highest concentrations of smartphones on the planet – owners of Android mobile devices can significantly extend the battery life and capacity of their smartphone or tablet with the new Seagate Joy Drive. Whether consumers are on their morning commute or just out with friends, the Seagate Joy Drive enables them to access videos and other content anywhere, without the need for a WiFi connection or cellular service. Available first in China this March through an exclusive partnership with JingDong, one of China’s largest online retailers, the Seagate Joy Drive is available in 1000GB (1TB) capacity and has a street price in China of 660 CNY ($99). Seagate is also evaluating potential future markets and partners for this product.

In the meantime, on-the-go consumers worldwide can keep their files and lives in motion with the new Seagate Fast SSD – an ultra-portable flash drive that teams fast performance of up to 540MB/s transfer rates, with shock-resistance and USB-C connectivity.

Users can backup or sync their content using Seagate’s new Toolkit software. The Seagate Fast SSD is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities and has a street price in the U.S. of $99, $169 and $349, respectively and will be shipping in the spring.

Data security is one more growing concern for anyone using a mobile device. To address this challenge, Seagate is introducing the latest addition to its popular line of LaCie Rugged drives: the LaCie Rugged Secure.

Built to withstand all-terrain extreme conditions from photo shoots in sub-zero temperatures to repeated drops on hard studio floors, the Rugged Secure, with design by Neil Poulton, is a rugged drive that includes hardware encryption using Seagate Secure technology. This new drive gives creative professionals and other users peace of mind that they can control access to their content. A simple disconnection of Rugged Secure from a computer will automatically lock the drive and access to the data stored and will remain password-protected via new Toolkit software. The LaCie Rugged Secure street price in the U.S. will be $139 for 2TB and will be shipping in the spring.

For creative professionals and enthusiasts looking to try out the latest graphic design and video editing software from Adobe Systems, an expanded partnership between Adobe and Seagate now provides limited-time, no-cost access to Adobe’s latest applications bundled with popular Seagate and LaCie drives.

Two new offerings available immediately include two complimentary months of the “Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan” (worth $19.98) – which features the new cloud-based photo service, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC – across the full range of Seagate Backup Plus and LaCie Porsche Design devices, as well as packaging one complimentary month of the “Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan” (worth $74.99) – which features Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC and much more – with all LaCie Rugged, LaCie d2 and LaCie big devices.

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