Seagate launches SkyHawk AI 18TB Hard Drive designed for large enterprise smart video systems


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Seagate Technology plc, a world provider of data storage and management solutions, has announced it is shipping 18TB SkyHawk Artificial Intelligence drives in volume. SkyHawk AI is the world’s first purpose-built hard drive for artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled surveillance solutions, enabling quicker and smarter decisions. The new drive supports deep learning and machine learning workload streams for Edge applications with ImagePerfectAI.

The capacity to retain more data over time is required for deep learning systems to become smarter and more accurate in their predictive analysis and behaviour analysis requires significantly more data than traditional video capture. SkyHawk AI simultaneously sustains 32 AI streams alongside 64 video streams and supports multi-bay NVR and AI-enabled NVR.  SkyHawk AI offers a 550TB/year workload rate, more than 3× the workload rate of standard surveillance hard drives in order to manage data deluge in complex video security system environments without sacrificing performance. This drive intelligently adapts between traditional video workloads and video+AI workloads.

Faster access to footage with Seagate

“Seagate’s SkyHawk AI 18TB video security system hard drive was designed for growing data demands to accommodate nodes of any size making it easy to scale from terabytes to petabytes,” said Jeff Fochtman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business at Seagate Technology. “With the SkyHawk AI 18TB, Seagate has seen improvements in operational and analytical processes, providing faster access to video security footage when compared with earlier versions.”

Built to meet the demands of an always-on large workload in an AI enabled NVR system, SkyHawk AI 18TB accommodates recording and analysing footage simultaneously from multiple cameras which equips customers with faster and smarter footage analysis by eliminating data latency and processing. It includes three years of Seagate Rescue Date Recovery Services for additional peace of mind in the event of video surveillance data loss and a standard three-year limited warranty.

Under the protective wing of Seagate Rescue Data Recovery Services, customers can leverage a data recovery and advanced replacement drive service, all under one unique service plan and it’s all done in-house at one of Seagate’s secure design labs. Whether there is mechanical damage, virus, data corruption, or deletion, the company offers a 90% success rate of in-house HDD video surveillance data recovery. The Rescue Data Recovery Service allows customers easy access to a team of world-class data recovery experts, in addition to one in-lab video surveillance data recovery attempt. Once data recovery is complete, Seagate sends the recovered data to the customer on an encrypted storage device to ensure optimum safety and prohibit unwarranted access.

The SkyHawk AI 18TB hard drive is now available for an MSRP of AED 1726/Unit (US$470/Unit).

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