Seagate and Western Digital both issued press releases announcing new 4TB drives optimised for Video surveillance.
Seeing two major competitors release almost identical news on the same day seems somewhat strange however coincidence does happen.
Seagate described their new offering as designed for surveillance and video analytics, we have not had a chance to delve into this more deeply however we will be investigating further to find out more about how the drive can be optimised for what on the surface looks like two very different applications (surveillance and analytics) and check this is not just a headline to jump on the big data analytics bandwagon.
Brief details on both of the announcements as follows:
IRVINE, Calif. Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and storage industry leader, today announced the availability WD Purple a purpose-built line of 3.5-inch, high-capacity hard drives for surveillance applications. Designed specifically for video surveillance units, WD Purple hard drives excel in new and existing home and small business security environments with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition (HD) video cameras. Shipping today, WD Purple hard drives are available in capacities from 1 TB up to 4 TB.
“Different from ordinary desktop hard drives designed for eight hours of daily operation, WD Purple drives have the built-in reliability to operate in Hikvision home and small business system installations so critical video footage is available when it is needed most,” said Ying Yang, director of testing, Hikvision. “An additional benefit of WD Purple drives is they support up to eight drives and 32 HD cameras so there is the flexibility to expand for future system coverage.”
Optimized to withstand the demands of always-on digital PVR, DVR and NVR recording environments, WD Purple hard drives offer low power consumption and many advanced performance features typically reserved for enterprise-level storage.
Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ:STX), a world leader in storage solutions, today took the wraps off its seventh-generation hard drive disk (HDD) engineered specifically for surveillance and video analytics applications— the Seagate® Surveillance HDD. The Surveillance HDD is a world-class HDD purpose-built for storing and accessing video analytics, improving data integrity and keeping systems in the field longer.
A 3.5-inch drive, the Surveillance HDD is available in capacities up to 4TB and can store up to 480 hours of high-definition (HD) content making it the industry’s highest-capacity drive designed specifically for surveillance applications. Designed to scale video storage, the drive now incorporates rotational vibration (RV) sensors enabling it to reliably perform in systems with up to 16 drives, making it ideal for small-to-medium businesses such as casinos or manufacturing plants where bulk storage for HD video and video analytics are highly valued.
Designed to support surveillance recordings from a number of cameras no matter their resolution requirements, Surveillance HDD supports up to 32 channels and easily handles the higher write workloads required by surveillance systems. It also supports the flexibility required to scale a surveillance solution, supporting more data for longer periods of time and meeting industry archive and resolution requirements. These features, coupled with the integrated R/V sensors, improve drive performance in multi-drive and RAID systems and increase the value of surveillance data by delivering the highest data integrity possible.
The drive is also engineered for low power consumption and heat emissions allowing solution providers greater design flexibility.