Seagate Releases World’s First 8TB Hard Drive for Data Centers, Bigger Storage On Way for Moviemakers?

by Karin Gottschalk1 Comment

The story of HDLSR moviemaking is not so much about the need for speed but about the demand for space, for ever-increasing amounts of storage space.

Most moviemakers are in agreement: you must effectively backup your footage after your shoot and you need to maintain as many copies of your footage and your edits as you can, in as many different locations as possible.

Two in the studio and one offsite is reckoned by many to be the minimum you can get away with. Experience a disaster in the studio and all will not be lost – you will still have at least one backup in that safe location elsewhere. But now the need for space has increased exponentially with the arrival of raw and 4K acquisition, 4K editing and soon, 4K distribution.

One, two and even three terabyte hard drives are beginning to prove inadequate whether mounted in redundant arrays of independent disks – RAIDs – or stacked high in roomfuls of rack cabinets. We have needed a new minimum standard hard drive size for some time and now it looks like it is about to arrive. Seagate Technology PLC has announced its new 8TB HDD as a cost-effective solution for corporate data centers.

The Cupertino-based corporation cites supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) as being above-the-line benefits of the new 8TB drives and those traits are just as attractive to moviemakers, production companies and post-production houses as the data-hungry corporate sector. Seagate is clearly aware of the data storage and backup needs of creative professionals – Seagate's Creative Professionals Programme includes musicians and composers, photographers and moviemakers within its remit.

Where one hard drive maker leads others will surely follow. Let’s hope that they catch up and fast and that 8TB becomes the new norm soon.

Seagate Wireless Plus New Features Offer Advanced Cloud Backup and Capacities for Every Lifestyle

From Seagate Press:

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — July 1, 2014 — Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today announced the next evolution in the company’s wireless storage category. Seagate Wireless Plus mobile device storage now consists of a family of capacities at 1TB and 2TB versions to suit every need along with integration with cloud services, such as Dropbox and Google Drive. The Seagate Wireless Plus storage is designed to expand beyond the limitations of mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets. With capacities that are multiples beyond the highest storage available on these mobile devices, the Seagate Wireless Plus provides an ideal solution to stream your favorite HD video while freeing up precious space on your Android Tablet, iPad, iPhone, Android Smart Phone, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 computers and Windows RT tablets.

Seagate created the wireless storage category in 2011 to address consumers’ desire to enjoy more content than tablets and smartphones can hold with their limited storage options. A CES 2013 Best of Innovations Award Winner, the Seagate Wireless Plus now includes a new option to save content and files to the drive wirelessly through the updated Seagate Media app as well as the ability to migrate files to cloud services such as Dropbox and Google Drive.

“Wireless connectivity is a feature that has been added to external storage over the last couple of years, it provides the convenience of high capacity and easy sharing for mobile devices that are limited in their storage capabilities,” said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research. “Now, with the integrating of popular cloud storage services to these products, there exist an invaluable bridge to even more content.”

Seagate HDD

The Seagate Media app’s new capability to sync your files on the Seagate Wireless Plus storage with an existing cloud storage provider means that your files are always accessible even when you don’t have network access. The Seagate Media app creates your own Dropbox or Google Drive folder, so files are available and at the ready. Then once you are back on the network, your files will automatically re-sync to ensure all changes are saved in both the cloud and the Wireless Plus drive.

“Having pioneered the category of wireless local storage for mobile devices, Seagate is now proud to advance the platform by adding more capacities and developing advanced features that will benefit how people are using these drives,” said BanSeng Teh, senior vice president and managing director of Seagate Asia Pacific and Japan. “Cloud storage services provide a convenient way for people to migrate files between devices and share with friends and colleagues. With the new Seagate Media app and Wireless Plus mobile storage, people will now be enabled to use these cloud services to access even more media from their Wireless Plus storage device.”

Seagate Wireless Plus mobile device storage is accessed through the mobile Seagate Media app for Apple iOS, Android, Kindle Fire HD, Windows 8 tablets. Seagate Wireless Plus mobile storage connects to devices over a Wi-Fi connection, which the battery-powered drive emits once powered on. Simply connect to the network by searching for Wireless Plus in your available Wi-Fi networks. The drive creates its own Wi-Fi network, eliminating the need to be within range of an existing network connection.

Additionally, you can use Wireless Plus to enjoy video, photos, music and even documents on the big screen via Apple Airplay, DLNA or an app designed specifically for Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players.

Pricing and Availability:
Seagate Wireless Plus mobile storage has a supported battery life of up to 10 hours and provides it’s own Wi-Fi signal to enable access to the drive. The drive is now available at 2TB for an MSRP of A$279 and 1TB for A$219 MSRP.

About Seagate
Seagate is a worldwide leader in storage solutions. Learn more at www.seagate.com.

You can get the Seagate Wireless Plus mobile storage HERE.

(cover photo credit: snap from Seagate)

Karin Gottschalk

Karin Gottschalk

Karin is a documentary moviemaker, journalist, photographer and teacher who conceived and cofounded an influential, globally-read, Australian magazine of contemporary art, culture and photography. While based in Europe, contributing to the magazine and working in advertising, she visualised a future telling the same sorts of stories with a movie camera and audio recorder. Now back in her home base in Sydney, Karin is pursuing her goal of becoming an independent, one-person, backpack multimedia journalist and documentary moviemaker. Mentorless and un-filmschooled, she is constantly learning and sharpening up her skill set.
Karin Gottschalk

Comments

  1. If you think about how far the unit for storage has come in the last decade, I’m not surprised that there’s going to be even more improvements coming up. Before long, everybody will have too much space to know what to do with it!

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