In the recent past, we have seen the SSD disks ruling the roost when it comes to storage peripherals. The SSD has a relatively smaller footprint and is faster as opposed to the disk drives. Despite all the advantages the SSD do lack on the storage front. The world’s largest SSD, for instance, comes with a storage of 15.36TB and it costs a whopping $10,000.
Western Digital has come up with a new technology that is supposed to help the disk-based drives retain their lead and relevance in the market. The company is working on a microwave-assisted magnetic recording, a technology abbreviated as MAMR. Western Digital is optimistic that by 2025 the company will come up with a MAMR disc that can store up to 40TB. Needless to say, the new technology will cater to the datacenter.
The company believes that even now there do exist certain use cases wherein the capacity is relatively more important as opposed to the speed. With the new MAMR storage devices in place, the enterprise data centre can enjoy a much better total cost of ownership (TCO).
Our ground-breaking advancement in MAMR technology will enable Western Digital to address the future of high capacity storage by redefining the density potential of HDDs and introduce a new class of highly reliable, ‘ultra-high capacity’ drives. We have a proven track record for identifying, investing in and delivering advanced technologies that create new product categories and enable the world to realise the possibilities of data. Five years ago we introduced our HelioSeal®, helium-filled drive technology. Since then, we have shipped more than 20 million helium drives. That type of leadership and innovation continues today and we aim to leverage it well into the future- Mike Cordano, COO at Western Digital.
The Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording uses a different type of head for read and write operations. WD has been able to create a spin torque oscillator which can, in turn, create precise electric fields without needing additional overheads. This apparently makes it easier for the drive to write to the bits while using lesser energy than the traditional drives.
The MAMR technology will help the datacenters and other data-heavy businesses a great deal while it is quite possible that the consumer hard drives will prefer the much faster SSD. WD had unveiled a 14TB SSD earlier and Seagate has a dedicated external SSD designed specifically for the Xbox users.