As COVID-19 and lockdown present a myriad challenges for enterprises, the effective implementation of technology has come under even greater scrutiny, as costs are needed to be kept as low as possible, while also delivering the maximum value and performance.

The same especially holds true for enterprises in the data storage and server space, which is why architects and IT professionals alike turn to the offerings from Seagate, and in particular its Exos X lineup of hard drives.

Meeting enterprise needs

The Exos X range specifically holds benefits as it pertains to a scalable storage solution that is both responsive and innovative, with the latter being delivered by a range of built-in features aimed at keeping total cost of ownership (TCO) as low as possible.

One of the new additions to the Exos X range, the class-leading X18, epitomises this level of quality from Seagate, with the 18TB HDD featuring PowerBalance, PowerChoice, Seagate Secure, Enhanced Caching, TurboBoost and Seagate RAID Rebuild for enterprises wanting added value from their technology.

In terms of capacity, the new Exos X18 is the highest that Seagate makes available to enterprises today.

So what value do those aforementioned features bring to the table?

Not your average hard drive

Starting with PowerBalance, it crucially optimises the Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) according to the wattage of the storage array.

As such it ensures that functionality and power of the Exos X18, as well as selected hard drives within the range, are at the best possible level. It has the added advantage of ensuring the lifespan of the hard drive is not negatively impacted, which means less faults and ultimately an overall better performance.

Sticking with power is PowerChoice, which is a built-in feature that directly correlates to TCO. Here, Seagate has ensured that the Exos X range can deliver unprecedented power savings during idle times in a storage setup. Again longevity of the drive is given as much importance as performance to ensure enterprises can squeeze as much value as possible when using the Exos X range.

Next is SeagateSecure, which as the name suggests, addresses increasingly important elements when working with data – security and compliance.

On this front this built-in feature helps to prevent unauthorised access and safeguard stored data on the Exos X hard drive with three levels of security. These include Secure Downloads & Diagnostics (SD&D), a TCG-compliant Self-Encrypting Drive and government-grade FIPS/Common Criteria tamper-resistance.

On the performance side of things, when a little more processing power is needed, the Exos X range boasts a TurboBoost and Enhanced Caching.

In some instances, the latter can deliver as much as a 20 percent improvement on performance, depending on which model of Exos X drive you opt for. These are features you won’t need all the time in your storage setup, but are welcome additions on the occasions when they are required.

Last worth highlighting among the myriad features is Seagate RAID Rebuild. In the instances where data recovery is needed, RAID Rebuild does no in an intelligent and efficient manner.

Here when a number of Exos X hard drives feature in an array, the RAID Rebuild tool helps to ensure that protection is better distributed among the drives. In turn, this means that data protection is at a higher capacity than other traditional solutions, and as a result, rebuilds can be performed at a far faster rate when required.

Looking at the above features, it is easy to see why more enterprises are choosing Exos X hard drives for their storage solutions, with a specific focus on TCO one of the range’s key pillars.

If you’re interested in ordering a Seagate Exos hard drive for your enterprise, you can do here.

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