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HGST Ultrastar Archive Ha10

HGST released the Ha10, a Helium-filled drive that utilizes Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) on June 9, 2015. In addition to the Helium used in previous HGST enterprise drives, the addition of SMR allows for the increase of areal density at the expense of slower write speeds. As such, these drives are best suited for cloud services like Google Nearline Storage, where the reduced I/O performance can be effectively used with archive use cases, with the added benefit of lower cloud storage prices.

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By James Sanders

James Sanders is an analyst for 451 Research. He was formerly a Staff Technology Writer for TechRepublic.