Seagate is one of the biggest hard drive manufacturers and the company has recently unveiled its plans going forward.
During the company’s recent earnings call, Seagate revealed that it is on track to launch its planned 20TB hard drives using shingled magnetic recording or SMR technology by the end of next year. However, the company will launch 18TB hard drives at the beginning of 2020 in case you can’t wait to get your hands on some of the highest capacity storage.
During the earnings call, the company claimed that its 16TB hard drives are extremely popular among clients as the company intends to ship over 1 million units of the hard drives by the end of this year.
If Seagate manages to reach its goal, it’ll increase the company’s competition with Western Digital even further. Although Western Digital announced its plans to release 20TB hard drives before the end of 2020, Seagate wants to beat the company to launch the hard drive before that if it meets the expectations revealed during the call.
At the moment, it’s unclear how far the company has come with the Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording or HAMR technology. In case you didn’t know, HAMR allows discs to store data on smaller bits that results in increased density. If successful, it’ll result in up to 50TB of storage space by 2026. As you can image, companies will need to improve reliability of these drives since losing 50TB worth of data will be catastrophic. Despite that, it’ll be interesting to see how storage related technology advances going forward.