Shortly before the end of CEBIT 2018, Western Digital Corporation - represented in Hannover by its subsidiary Western Digital Deutschland GmbH - announced that the leading global cloud platform Dropbox Inc. has qualified and is the first to deploy the Ultrastar Hs14 host-managed shingled magnetic recording (SMR) hard disk drive (HDD) at exabyte scale. Having completed qualification in its storage infrastructure, Magic Pocket, Dropbox has secured itself the very latest in data technology so it can utilize SMR in its cloud storage environment. Leveraging the 14TB Ultrastar Hs14 HDDs series and the company’s custom-built storage architecture, Dropbox is taking advantage of increased storage density and improved energy efficiency, while maintaining the same level of reliability for primary storage in its cloud data centers.
"The launch of Magic Pocket is an industry-defining milestone for cloud infrastructure," says Akhil Gupta, Vice President of Cloud Engineering, at Dropbox Inc. "We can use this foundation to deliver benefits to our customers and business through ongoing innovation and cost savings. As we enter the next phase of Magic Pocket’s evolution, our strategic partnership with Western Digital is enabling us to scale effectively as more and more customers adopt our platform. Our deployment of SMR technology was supported by Western Digital’s service, collaboration and drive capabilities - and we're excited to continue redefining what's possible for cloud infrastructure together." Mark Grace, Senior Vice President of Devices at Western Digital, is in no doubt about just how important SMR hard drives are in this context: "Dropbox's Magic Pocket is an innovative approach, and this is another proof point that our host-managed SMR HDDs deliver value in scale-out cloud environments. Our 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 the associated capital and operating costs of the data center, the long-term value that Dropbox generates in terms of lower cost-per-TB, higher storage density, lower power consumption and high reliability can certainly benefit the bottom line."
As the industry's first 14TB HDD, the Ultrastar Hs14 delivers very low TCO for scale-out enterprise and cloud data centers. The drives are built on the proven and mature Western Digital HelioSeal platform to deliver one of the best watt/TB power footprints for online storage. Thanks to its product reliability, which is essential for private and public cloud applications, Western Digital points out that the Ultrastar Hs14 host-managed SMR HDD is ideal for ultra-dense scale-out storage systems.